Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter – with Libby Wescombe

  Libby Wescombe is a Crossfitter and coach in Sydney, Australia. I teamed up with her to write this blogpost "Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter" over at her site eatercise.com.au. It contains a lot more coaching principles in relation to hypermobility and learning to lift , specifically geared to those who want to do high intensity exercise, learn to lift … [Read more...]

Fixing technique in real time; Susan Chiu

Note: All recommendations were specifically for Susan. Each one had a reason, and might not be applicable to others.  I ONLY addressed anything she needed to work on, NOT every possible tip for technique. All pics are Left>before Right>after. Big thanks to Susan for allowing me to post this.  Name: Susan Chiu Age: 20 Height: 5'6 Weight: 115-120 Date: … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [Read more...]

Fitness for Dummies: Practical Tips

I know you. You exercise anywhere from a couple of times a week to maybe 4 times max (one of those days is yoga, isnt it?). You want maximum results, with minimal in-gym work. Exercise is work. Working out is work. You have lots of work. Your trainer is perhaps a progressive, smarty pants type (at least you should hope so). He/she knows words like "Stuart McGill" … [Read more...]

Success Leaves Clues: Lessons in Programming and Practical Application from Olympic Coaches

"You have to have an objective, a goal, some thought process, some strategy in your mind for whatever you do. Otherwise it's a waste of time." - Stuart McMillan "Know the rules before you break them. Know your rules physiologically, because you have to know how to adjust further down the road. If you don't know you're breaking any rules, that's when you run into trouble. … [Read more...]

There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Form

I have been exercising for a long time, and I have dealt with some longstanding frustrations about getting my body to do the things I want it to do. Exercise is more than just working out. It’s part of one of our most important relationships – the one with our own bodies. Through movement, what we eat, physical exploration, pushing physical limits, and setting physical … [Read more...]

Train Tall, Not Tucked

Dan Pfaff, track and field coach extraordinaire, says: "I believe strongly that mechanical efficiency should drive training, and that mastery is key. If you want healthier, more confident athletes, make them more mechanically efficient." Katy Bowman, biomechanist, engineer, and anatomist, says: "Alignment matters because load matters. The load is not the weight. The load is … [Read more...]

Olympic Lifting for Everyone – Guest Post by Jamie Hale

This is a guest post by Jamie Hale, that he was gracious enough to publish on my blog. His timing was impeccable (though he did not know it), as the topic has been on my mind lately as I use variations of the Oly lifts with just about all of my clients! I am NOT an Olympic lifter, and I have not trained the Olympic lifts exclusively, nor have I been certified with an Olympic … [Read more...]

Twerk Your Way to Stronger Lifts, Stronger Abs and Pain-Free Movement

I realize that by putting “twerking” in the title of this post, I am guilty of a shameless marketing tactic (thanks Miley!), but once you watch the videos,  and see my explanation, I think you will agree with me on how appropriate it is to call the exercise I am showcasing “Rib Twerking”. This post has to do with positioning and alignment of the core NOT twerking your booty … [Read more...]

Why Your Legs Are Jacked and Your Butt is Not

  Why This Matters: Not getting the results you want from glute exercises? Here's why, along with form tips to get you on track for a better butt. [Read time: about 8 minutes]   In this era of big butts that don't lie, there's a problem. Your butt maybe isn't responding to your faithful ministrations of thrusts, squats, pulls, and deads. There … [Read more...]