Posts Tagged ‘technique’

Why Your Squat Sucks

Previously, I discussed at length why your bench press might suck. Today I’m going to go along the same lines and discuss the squat. Squatting is one of the basic movement patterns that everyone should master in the gym. Truthfully, there is no perfect way to squat, but technique does exist on a continuum that…

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What Matters More: Volume or Intensity?

When it comes to working out, does it matter how MUCH you work, or how HARD you work? These days, it seems like the general consensus among most gym-goers and trainers out there is that working hard in the gym counts for much more than how much you work or how much time you spend…

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Why Your Bench Press Sucks

When it comes to the bench press, I see it almost all the time. Everywhere I go it seems like there is at least one person doing the bench press, or variations of it, all wrong. I’ve seen the issues that I’m about to detail below almost everywhere, from the large commercial gyms where everything…

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How To Conquer Rotation-based Low Back Pain

With the US Open wrapping up this weekend, it couldn’t be more timely to post the third part of this series on rotation-based low back pain. While the first two parts of this series focused specifically on golf, the key points of this series can also 100% apply to tennis, and baseball as well. You…

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How Playing Golf Can Hurt You

In our last blog on this topic, I explained how playing golf can actually hurt you. Today, I will go more in depth into the injury mechanisms in a golf swing that are responsible. Once again, studies have shown that low-back pain accounts for anywhere from 18-54% of golf injuries. Injuries of the knees, hips,…

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Is Playing Golf Actually Hurting You?

Golf is one of the most popular sports in America, particularly among adults. Here in the city, I’ve seen my fair share of people both around my age (26, although some people still believe I’m 21…) and way older lugging around their golf clubs on the weekends, presumably to hit the driving range or a…

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Feeling Like a Dinosaur? Rotate Your “Thoracic Park”

A lot of us are like dinosaurs when it comes to mobility–stiff, and old. You probably have a good idea about what rotation is, but not where it should be coming from. Rotational movements in sports and exercise should come from the hips and the thoracic spine. There are two issues here. Instead of the…

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Why Front Squats Are Like Mullets

Front Squats are like mullets: business up front, and party in the back. When it comes to keeping the bar on your shoulders, you have to be super-strict with your technique up front (the business side), so that you can squat properly behind the bar (the party in the back). There’s more to this as well.…

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Move of the Week: Adductor Rockback w/ T-Spine Rotation

It’s warm out, which means you should warm-up for it with our Move of the Week! THE MOVE: Adductor Rockback T-spine Rotation MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core and corrective: thoracic spine and hip adductors. WHY DO IT: When it comes to warming up, today’s move addresses two areas of concern for gym-goers: the hips and the…

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Move of the Week: Kettlebell Bent-over Row

With the warm, almost summer-like weather recently, it looks like spring has arrived! Well here’s Move of the Week as always. THE MOVE: Kettlebell Bent-over Row MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal pull: upper and mid back, lats, and posterior chain. WHY DO IT: If you don’t have much room or much equipment, the Kettlebell Bent-over Row is…

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