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...]

Mini Insights: Cueing the Overhead Press

The common cue for overhead barbell presses (though this applies to dumbbell presses too) is to "thread your head through your arms". This is technically correct, but focusing on the HEAD coming through the arms, I don't feel usually results in people producing the right finishing position. A lot of times they do what I call "chicken necking" Using the neck and head to direct … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: Punch the Gut

Excessive lordosis. Now, some people might WANT more of this, but some of us have a problem with it, especially when it comes to lifting weights. Excessive lordosis is an excessive "curve" in the lower spine. Think of someone who can "stick their ass out" alot by arching their back (like me) :D That big lower back arch is nice and attractive, but not when you are … [Read more...]

Pistol Squats and More on Squat Form

Once a week, more or less, I work on bodyweight movements and gymnastic style movements. I do pistol squats regularly, and have worked up from 2 consecutive reps per leg to 11 reps per leg. My left leg could previously barely pump out a couple reps without wobbling and wiggling and falling over several months ago after re-injuring my knee, so I am pleased with my strength … [Read more...]

Helping Your Squat: Buttwink and Opening up the hips

< This is me having a boring week in my office cause its Winter Break and most of the kids are gone. Thanks to the fact that I can now video myself, I am able to give myself much better feedback and act in a better capacity as my own coach. There is nothing truer than a slowmo video to show you were stuff is going wrong. I don't look in the mirror while I train, as its not … [Read more...]