Split Squat Biomechanics

The split squat is incredibly versatile, but how can I most effectively use it to drive the range of motions I need. Or why in the heck is my person compensating in that way when they do the split squat?

We will answer that with this post, as the split squat can vary its rotational qualities depending on factors such as depth, arm positioning, and more!

If you are ready to absolutely crush all things split squat, then check out Movement Debrief Episode 152 below to find out!

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We’re Coming: Human Matrix Online 2019

2019 is going to be a big year for upping your understanding of the movement system. Perhaps you’ve wondered why you can’t stop your clients from driving there elbow too far back when they row. Or maybe you just can’t figure out how to eradicate the pain your client has with squatting. Human Matrix: The Code for Maximal Health and Performance, seeks to answer those questions and more. And the answers will take your clients closer to their goals than ever before. But this seminar has a special announcement, and we would love for you to check out the video below. The best part?!?! If you attend Human Matrix live, you’ll get it for free! Sign up for updates regarding the release. No commitment required! * indicates required Email Address * First Name Do you… Have patients who hurt multiple areas and are unsure where to start? Have training clients who can’t perform the exercises you want to despite extensive coaching? Want to maximize your client’s movement capabilities better than ever before? Want to know why incorporating breathing into your skill set is exceedingly important? Then welcome to Human Matrix: The Code for Maximizing Health and Performance. A course where you will develop a thorough understanding of how to systemically view movement, speed up your warmup time by choosing exercises that precisely attack movement limitations, and coach exercises to perfection to enhance your client and patient goals. By entering the Matrix and affecting movement systemically, building up your client’s movement

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Next Level Lower Body: Pelvis Mechanics and Single Leg Exercise

Want to develop a comprehensive approach to restoring movement to help someone in pain? An approach that allows you to enhance your client’s movement repertoire so there are multiple ways to help them reach their fitness goals? My seminar, Human Matrix: The Code for Maximal Health and Performance, can help you attain these very goals. I will teach you how by providing you a comprehensive assessment to pinpoint your client’s movement limitations, practical exercise application to aid in restoring movement deficiency, and learn how to coach loaded movements to build client fitness and resiliency. Below are two snippets of the seminar. In the first snippet, we discuss compensatory pelvis mechanics. Understanding these mechanics can allow you to better appreciate how lower body movement limitations can develop, and what to do about them (note, you may want to check out normal mechanics here before going all abnormal). In the second video, we discuss single leg loading variations. Executing these movements to perfection build up what was gained in the compensatory mechanics section. If you would like to attend a seminar and dive further, look no further then the links below. October 27th-28th – Kansas City, MO (Early bird ends September 30th!) November 10th-11th – Portland, OR (Early bird ends September 30th!) December 8th-9th – Charleston, SC February 2nd-3rd – New Providence, NJ Otherwise, enjoy the videos! Compensatory Pelvis Mechanics Single Leg Exercises

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The Most Important Cues for the Fundamental Movements

Finding that one cue that completely changes a client’s movement quality is beyond gratifying. A cue that makes an exercise go from cringeworthy to oh so pretty. But with so many available moves to choose from, it can become challenging to find the right cue for each individual exercise. Thus, attempting to condense moves into similar buckets may reduce the amount of cues we need. A good cue produce results across similar movements. One concept that Pat Davidson has really made me think about is the concept of a movement archetype. That is, a typical example of a given activity. Regardless of which variation you choose, there are certain qualities that make a squat a squat. You will never confuse a squat with a pushup. These similarities pose a question then. Can I devise an archetypical cue? A cue that would address a particular quality of a given movement task across all variations? That is what my mentee Aadil has challenged me to do, and is going to be a major part of my course: Human Matrix. So today, we are going to look at the following moves: Squat Hinge Reach Pull Press Accessory (aka “core”) What I am going to provide for you today is one cue that you can use for each of these base moves. A cue that is useful among all variations, and ought to maximize performance in each of these endeavors. Let’s dive in.

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SI Joint Pain, Slideboards, and Bulging Discs – Movement Debrief Episode 31

Movement Debrief Episode 31 is in the books. Here is a copy of the video and audio for your listening pleasure. Here is the set list: How does pelvic position influence SI joint pain? Is there a difference between right and left SI joint pain? Where do slideboard variations fit into the program? When are bulging discs relevant? When is flexion vs extension warranted in treating bulging discs? When ought to neurodynamics be performed with disc bulges Who are my top R&b artists   If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook, Instagram, or Youtube. They air every Wednesday at 7:30pm CST. Enjoy!                    Here were the links I mentioned: Michael Shacklock Clinical Neurodynamics Book Notes Clinical Neurodynamics BJ the Chicago Kid blackbear Anderson .Paak Musiq KCi & Jojo Ginuwine Case Joe R. Kelly Enhancing Life Method Strength Andy Mccloy  Trevor LaSarre Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload calculator, basketball conditioning program, podcasts, and weekend learning goodies:   SI Joint Pain Slideboards Bulging Discs

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Movement Chapter 6: Functional Movement Screen Descriptions

This is a chapter 6 summary of the book “Movement” by Gray Cook. Screening Keys The FMS is not considered a training or competition tool; it simply ranks movements.  Here are the keys to a successful screen. First off, know the following bony landmarks Tibial tuberosity ASIS Lateral and medial malleoli Most distal wrist crease Knee joint line 3 repetitions are performed for each movement, and it is important to stand far away so the whole movement can be seen. When testing both sides, take the lowest score if an asymmetry is present. Here are the movements (videos courtesy of Smart Group Training). The Deep Squat Purpose: Full-body coordinated mobility and stability; linking the hips and the shoulders. Here is how it is done. Hurdle Step Purpose: Evaluate stepping and stride mechanics. Here is how it is done. Inline Lunge Purpose: Test deceleration and left/right function utilizing contralateral upper extremity patterns and ipsilateral lower extremity patterns. Here is how it is done. Shoulder Mobility Purpose: Evaluate scapulothoracic rhythm, thoracic spine and rib mobility. Here is how it is done. ASLR Purpose: Tests hip flexion, hip extension, and core function. Here is how it is done. Trunk Stability Pushup Purpose: Tests reflexive core stability. Here is how it is done. Rotary Stability Purpose: Check multi-planar pelvic, core, and shoulder girdle stability. Also looks at reflexive stability and transverse plane weight shifting. Here is how it is done. FMS Conclusions The FMS is designed to give a corrective pathway that may involve

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