Posted July 10, 2018

Stuff to Check Out: Mid July Edition

Can you believe it’s already the middle of July? Before you know it fall will be here.

Speaking of fall, Tony Gentilcore and I are starting up a new round of seminars, titled “Even More Complete Hip and Shoulder Blueprint,” which builds off our previous series with deeper insights into assessments, coaching new patterns and movements, and a comprehensive programming overview to help put all of the content into action.

didn’t check out the first version? No problem.

We’re including a digital copy of the first version for all registrants so they can be up to date with everything and hit the ground running on day one of the new series.

Upcoming Dates:

Houston, Texas: September 8-9

Ljublijana, Slovenia: October 20-21

Los Angeles, California: November 17-18

Spots are still available and the early bird discount is still up for each event, so if you can make it, we promise to completely blow your mind and also give you some sweet continuing education credits, and a not at all creepy high five.

Click HERE for more info and to register

Alright, enough self-promotion. Let’s get into some cool stuff to check out.


The Complete Science-Backed Guide to Lifting Shoes –

This was a really good read for the leyperson looking to get some info on whether to purchase a pair of lifting shoes, and also what kind. I’d highly recommend it to any client looking to get into the gym and wondering about what kind of footwear they’d get the most use from.


Overcoming the Odds: Featuring Ben Bruno –

This was an awesome story about a great friend and someone who should serve as an inspiration to everyone in the fitness industry.


Is it Better to Do Full- or Split-Body Strength Training Workouts? – Lauren Bedosky via

This was a fun article to contribute to and provides some good info on whether you should smash your everything muscle on a daily basis or spread the love throughout the week.


Everything You Need to Know About Your Quad Muscles – Lauren Bedosky via

Another from Lauren with quotes from yours truly, this one featuring training quads of steel while also getting through common issues and getting stronger without hating everything around you.


5 Reasons for the Increase in Lat Strains in Pitchers – Eric Cressey

Funny aside, I had a client consult with agirl who had previously played competitive volleyball. She’d been diagnosed with loose lats, tight lats, overactive lats, and underactive lats. Surprise surprise, her lats weren’t any kind of a problem. That story doesn’t deal with anything Eric talks about here, but it’s still something about the lats, so enjoy the context.


Unstable Surface Training and the Lower Body? Meghan Callaway

This was a great refresher on how to apply unstable surface training without looking like someone training to be in the circus. She also shows some really unique and beastly moves within this post too, so check it out.


Social Media Highlights

Most of the stuff I share on social media are memes, weird exercises, and the odd bit of sarcastic pithy wisdom, so I’m amazed, yet happy when people decide to follow me there. Thanks for being a bunch of weirdos.

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Check your alignment In activities like powerlifting, coaching a hard spinal extension arch can be very beneficial for putting more weight on the bar, as well as for sports that require more hip extension like sprinting, etc. However, in many situations a hard extension position could be putting more pressure on your low back and pelvic floor than necessary. This scissor position puts your diaphragm and pelvic floor into non-parallel conditions, and when intra abdominal pressure increases like bracing to lift something, will cause a push forward into the abdominal wall and make the pelvic floor work a lot harder to keep from failing, especially if it’s in a weakened state like after injury or a pregnancy. In a canister position, the diaphragm and pelvic floor line up in a way that they can push against each other while also getting contributions from all the other core muscles to generate infra abdominal pressure. This is a very helpful position to teach bracing and stabilization strategies, as well as basic lifting mechanics for compound movements like a squat or deadlift. Essentially, the canister position allows for a sharing of the load between all core muscles, so to speak. They both easily lead into the Streetfighter position, which should be everyone’s ultimate goal anyway.

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