Category: Movement

The 4 Pillars of Health: Live Your Best Life

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When I’m asked, “Whats the best thing to do for ________ “. The last word of that question usually falls into one of four categories. These four categories are what I like to call the “Pillars of Health”. People come to the Training Room in order to improve themselves and that doesn’t stop at learning how to correctly go about strength training. As coaches it is our responsibility to educate everyone we come in contact with on the 4 Pillars of Health and how working to improve each one can lead to living your best life. Here’s to feeling good all the time! (obligatory Seinfeld reference)

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Press Reset, Improve your Overhead Position

Over the last two to three months I have been working on improving my overhead position. Shoulder mobility and the ability to press overhead or feel comfortable while doing so is closely connected to the thoracic spine and ribcage position. Poor movement in the thoracic spine will only mean poor movement at the shoulder position. If lost, it’s important to try to gain back some of that ability to reach overhead while having your ribs, diaphragm and hips stay as close to “neutral” as possible without being in extension.  So how do we shift back to neutral? We need a reset. Continue reading “Press Reset, Improve your Overhead Position”

Travel & Holiday Workouts

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With the holidays quickly approaching I will take a look at some workouts that you can implement at home or on the road. They require minimum to zero equipment in some cases. As the weather slowly turns towards colder temperatures (fingers crossed on the slowly) it’s important to make sure you are doing some “homework” while not in your regular routine. This may be over the holidays or even if some bad weather lays siege to your hometown. Continue reading “Travel & Holiday Workouts”

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 “Part 3 – The TGU”

Design a Better Warm Up – Part 2

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In part two I have teamed up with my colleagues Derek Christeler and Tyler Cote at the Training Room to go over some more warm up options. Part one laid out some simple approaches we incorporate at the Training Room. Part two will continue on that same note and add to the repertoire. With so many exercise choices its imperative you make the right one, unlike my friend Ron Burgundy! Continue reading “Design a Better Warm Up – Part 2”

Design a Better Warm Up – Part 1

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What exactly needs to be incorporated into your warm up before you lift? Most people are perplexed to say the least when they arrive at the gym and start thinking about their warm up.Stretch? Eh, it depends. Move? You got it, but what movements exactly? Continue reading “Design a Better Warm Up – Part 1”

3 Ways to Survive Standing All Day

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An exaggerated hip shift while standing is not a laughing matter

While the vast majority of research out at the moment promotes how sitting can be a huge negative on our body and health, standing for prolonged amounts of time on one side of the body can also take a toll.  Here are 3 Ways to Combat Standing all day for everyone from strength coaches, personal trainers, carpenters and other professionals who may be on their feet all day to make sure you don’t sit in one side of your body all day long. Continue reading “3 Ways to Survive Standing All Day”