Best Neck Position During Exercise

Hint: It’s not up, down, or packed Most exercise form posts and videos focus everywhere EXCEPT the neck. Yet neck position profoundly influences what the rest of your body will do. So where should your neck be while you lift? Like on a deadlift, squat, or press? I’m answering that for you today. If you want to protect ya neck as the Wutang said, then you definitely have to check this out. Read the post, watch the video, and listen to the podcast to learn all about it!

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Hip Hinge FIX in 3 Steps

If you nail these three keys, you’ll deadlift better than ever before Hinging exercises (aka deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, etc) can provide a TON of benefits for improving mobility, lower body strength, and power. IF You can perform these moves with great technique. But if you are someone whose technique is meh and you feel all lower back and minimal torching of the glutes and hamstrings, then you might not be getting the most out of this awesome exercise. Folks, what I’ve found is there are three keys to performing the hinge well. If you can hit these three components, there’s a good chance that you’ll: Increase how much the glutes and hamstrings work Improve your hip range of motion Feel a whole lot less low back discomfort Want to learn how? Check out the post and video below.

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Training After Two Total Hip Replacements | Case Report

How to coach and program for someone who is very strong and stiff There’s a TON of information out there on how to best help people who have limited mobility, but very rarely do we see the practical application of it. Thanks to my boy Andy McCloy, that changes today. Andy is a FREAKY strong strength coach who unfortunately had two total hip replacements. He wants to train pain-free. Here’s how we are doing it. Check out the video and post below, let’s dive in!

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Snatch Grip RDL | It’s AWESOME and I’ll Show You Why!

A great beginning deadlift variation Looking to learn how to deadlift but unsure where you should start?  Are you or your client thinking: “YOU WANT ME TO MOVE MY HIPS HOW?” Then fam, the snatch grip RDL might be the perfect deadlift variation to start with. If you are unsure why this version is great, when it should be programmed, or how in the heck to do it, don’t worry, ya boi Big Z has you covered! Check out the video and post below to learn all about the awesomeness that is the snatch grip RDL.

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Overhead Shoulder Mobility | FIXED WITHOUT STRETCHING | Case Study

Does going overhead feel stuck? Then you MUST watch this case study Full overhead motion is important for many sports, yet so few people have access to the full range. It’s super common to feel a block, stuck, or limited. The issue? There aren’t really any good solutions to getting more overhead. I mean, come on, we all know stretching doesn’t really cut it. What if there was a way to remove that overhead block without a single stretch? Instead, just choosing the right weight room exercises for them mobility gains? We did that in today’s case study. Watch us help someone with limited shoulder mobility, and see the 4 exercises (and one manual technique) that both increased shoulder mobility and removed that sense of feeling blocked. No stretch required 😉

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Kettlebell Arm Bar for Shoulder Mobility

An underappreciated kettlebell exercise The kettlebell armbar is a vastly underrated move for improving your range of motion, strength, and stability in your upper body. The reason why it’s underrated and underutilized is because it’s quite unclear when to program this activity and how to execute it most effectively. We will change that with today’s post.

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Split Squat Form – A LIVE Coaching Example

Troubleshooting split squat compensations with two cases Split squats are one of the hardest exercises to coach. There are a lot of potential movement compensations that will limit you or your client’s ability to get the most out of this versatile move. Is there an easy way to navigate these issues with these split squats? Can I make coaching this move easier? I think so. In today’s video, you’ll see me navigate two different clients who were having difficulty performing a split squat during my seminar, Human Matrix. If you have someone who: – Can’t descend well in the split squat– Can’t keep the front heel on the ground– Feel too much quad in the back leg– Can’t keep a good torso position during the split squat Then you’ll definitely want to check this out!

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Common Squat Compensations

If you have a butt wink, collapse your knees and more, you definitely want to read this! The squat is an excellent exercise for both enhancing lower body range of motion and strength, but it’s not so great if you have a bunch of wild compensations doing it. What are some of the common compensatory activities that we see in the squat, which ones are “bad,” and most importantly, what shall we do about it? You’ll get your answer in Movement Debrief Episode 159!

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Bridging the Gap Between Table Testing and Training

Many of the moves we use to improve range of motion are a little weird. What if I have a client who wants to lift them heavy-ass weights? They want to feel like they did something. How can we bridge this gap? Watch this video to learn how. Applying the movement model to fitness Don’t underestimate the power of some of these simple breathing moves. When coached well, your clients will shake and get absolutely cooked. It’s a beautiful sight. Often, the key differentiator between feeling nothing and feeling a whole lot with some of the simple breathing moves is the stack. Make sure you have the stack. But remember folks, these moves are not something we just throw into the program willy nilly. These moves are merely regressions of the common moves that we perform in the gym. The Lewitt position is a regression of your midrange depth of the squat. If we understand the different positions we need to utilize to improve various ranges of motion, we can pick common gym moves to get range of motion changes. For example, if someone has a loss of external rotation, we might choose a 2 kettlebell front squat: If I need internal rotation in the arms and legs, pushups could be MONEY: Need to rotate like a boss? Well fam, a 1 arm press could change da game!

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