DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

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What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

Kill Your Treadmill!

Thinking about 30 minutes on the treadmill to get in some “cardio?” Think again. Why engage in 30 wasted minutes of a hip-flexion-heavy, boring activity that won’t actually make you stronger or better? Screw that… Pick up some heavy stuff and carry it around! Loaded Carries, my friend. Do some cardio your body will thank… Continue reading Kill Your Treadmill!

Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Last day of training for Jose Lopez before heading out to Arizona for Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds organization. This is the first year he’s made the 40-man roster, and I couldn’t be more excited for – or confident in – him! After a solid lower-body dominant session, a little grind for conditioning. But,… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Squat Lunge Complexes

Barbell Squat-Lunge Complexes are a great way to increase lower-body strength and stability. They also provide a high degree of athletic crossover. They impact vertical leap, both bilateral and unilateral, and improve sprint power, coordination under load, overall strength and athletic durability. Whether you use a Squat to Reverse Lunge, like Jose is doing here… Continue reading Squat Lunge Complexes

Core Training for Pitchers, Part 1

One of my favorite core strength and activation exercises for pitchers or other athletes for whom powerful rotation and good anti-rotation stability is important. Brian (rear) is giving us a look at the “Serape Effect,” which describes the muscular actions of an anterior and posterior crossover involving both deep core stabilization muscles and superficial, movement… Continue reading Core Training for Pitchers, Part 1

Join me at the IYCA Summit

Got a call from Jim Kielbaso of the IYCA. Jim asked me to present a “hands-on” seminar at the 2017 IYCA Summit in Michigan April 27-29. My topic? “Metabolic Conditioning for Athletes – A Fresh Look.” Yes, your athletes need metabolic conditioning, too. It’s just one more advantage my athletes have over the “average bear.”… Continue reading Join me at the IYCA Summit

Joints and Dysfunction

Joint mobility is a curious thing. Not enough mobility in a specific joint creates a kinetic “chain reaction” which increases the mobilization requirement of another joint, usually directly above or below the immobile joint. Take hip mobility, for example. When the hips get stiff and immobile, whether from injury, overuse or a massive dose of… Continue reading Joints and Dysfunction