Coaching, Self Improvement, The Coaches Series

Interview with Strength Coach Alex Tanskey

When Alex Tanskey isn’t wearing quality Christmas sweaters or deadlifting over 500lbs he occasionally likes to do an interview. I sat down with Alex to listen to what he had to say about saying goodbye to long time clients before his move from Boston to North Carolina, the keys to training for life, the difference between a workout and training as well as why you need to laugh at yourself.

Warning! This interview contains knowledge bombs and a few good laughs! You should probably go ahead and listen. See audio player below.

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Coaching, Strength

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

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Alex Tanskey pulling 545lbs

The hip hinge is a skill everyone needs to learn and master. From deadlifts to kettle bell swings, the hinge is a go to movement in the gym and our everyday lives. Down through the years while working with general population and athletes sprinkled in for good measure, I have seen people struggle to find their start position for a hip hinge movement, most notably the deadlift. Here is a set up protocol that will instantaneously tap into your optimal hip hinge position. Continue reading

Coaching, Miscellanous, Movement, TGU, Warm Up

Part 3 – The TGU

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In the final installment of “Design a Better Warm Up” we will take  a look at the Turkish Get Up.  This may be one of the most unique and complex movements in your skill set and if you have not made it a regular part of your movement/work outs, go about making strides to do so. I enlisted the help of my Training Room colleague Derek Christeler to demo for me. He even got a new haircut for his video debut so prepare to be impressed!  Continue reading

Coaching, Personal Training, Technique, Video Library

Rows: Best Progressions & Why They’re Important

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The skill of shoulder packing is often introduced to gym newcomers during their first few visits. It is something that everyone needs to be aware of in order to maintain optimal shoulder health, especially in a general population setting. The person doing the TRX rows while their shoulders slowly get pulled from their sockets are just a quick drill away from cleaning up that shoulder position. Rows are a great compliment to any horizontal push movement like a bench press or pushups. Like Cal says in “Talladega Nights”, they “go together like cocaine and waffles”.

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Books, Coaching

Earn & Keep a Soccer Scholarship to the USA

After hearing about the decision to stop running the Association Football course at Colaiste Ide I decided the work done by Jim Conroy and Danny Crowley needed to be highlighted. Jim wrote an excellent prologue that sets the book up nicely. I also include ways to prepare yourself physically for the challenge ahead and also how to approach college in the US. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editons. Continue reading

Coaching

Fix Your Plank

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The plank may be one of the most popular and abused anti-extension “core” movements around. Since its mainstream debut, everyone from strength coaches to yoga instructors include the plank as a go to in anterior core stabilization. A few factors that influence whether or not you are getting the biggest bang for your buck include pelvic position (see picture below), your ability to brace and create tension.

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Attacking, Coaching, Defending

When Jamie Carragher Met Pep Guardiola

Picture courtesy of the Daily Mail

Jamie Carragher recently traveled to Germany to find out the secret to Bayern Munich’s academy success and also the ways in which Pep Guardiola goes about achieving greatness with every team he coaches. The full article can be found at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2519609/JAMIE-CARRAGHER-IN-MUNICH-The-secret-Bayerns-talent-factory–Pep-talk-inside-Guardiolas-lair.html