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...]

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...]

The Best Cue Ever for A Better Upper Body

Why This Matters Use this one simple question to tune into your upper body movement patterns, and learn a few cues to get you the upper body gains you've been dreaming of.  [Read time: 4 minutes]   This simple cue/idea I will outline below will drastically improve all of your upper body movements if you haven't been aware of it before, especially … [Read more...]

12 Tips From My 2012

Come on, I gotta do some kind of New Year post to keep up with every other trainer blogger. :D But seriously, here's 12 tips ranging from potentially life-changing to trivial, depending on how brilliant you feel I am. Feel free to let me know if I've totally saved your sanity somehow and/or improved your quality of life through my insightfulness. Or you can buy me … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: “Hey There’s My Pelvis” and Two-Part Lunges

Working with teenagers means coming up with ways to teach them that are entertaining, practical and translate into making them move the way I am envisioning. Since glute activation and hip power are a cornerstone of good performance in all strength and conditioning, we do alot of thrusting of all kinds. Bar thrusts, kettlebell swings, etc, and of course stuff that requires hip … [Read more...]

Shoulders. That’s the title.

What do you mean thats not what you are aiming for??? :D How to get strong shoulders is a common question. Shoulders, like knees are joints that get put under alot of undue stress because of  enthusiasm to exercise. Especially for men who start hitting the upper body with heavy weights without understanding the role of the shoulder and how to protect it by letting the bigger … [Read more...]