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    Making Sense of Your Set Up w/ World Champion Matt Vincent | Pro Episode # 89

    Making Sense of Your Set Up w/ World Champion Matt Vincent | Pro Episode # 89

    03/06/2015

    In the last decade we’ve seen an explosion in people returning to basic strength training staples like the dead lift. The masters have been on it all along of course. Pavel, DeFranco, Simmons, Glassman, etc, never stopped being the voice of reason. “You’ve got to pull.” These same coaches also realized that a great too many of us actually didn’t have the requisite capacities to actually get into this archetypal human shape. Wonder why Mike Burgener teaches the oly lifts to kids and adults from the hang position? Yep, fewer spinal errors. Wonder why we can get nearly everyone on…

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    5 questions with Gray Cook; Part 2: Do You Favor a Specific Style of KB Swing? | Community Post

    5 questions with Gray Cook; Part 2: Do You Favor a Specific Style of KB Swing? | Community Post

    12/23/2014

    Today we bring you part 2 of 5 of our ongoing conversation with Gray Cook. If you missed the part 1, check here. In our practice, we regularly see athletes performing swings overhead without the requisite thoracic and shoulder capacities to be able to maintain positions of high integrity. What we normally see are internally rotated shoulders, bent elbows, overextended lumbar, and forward head on neck tensioning compensation. Yes, you can swing this way (I personally think the overhead swing tells us a TON of information about an athlete both when they are fresh and when they get tired….) but…

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    From Pathology to Function in the Shoulder Part 3 | Pro Episode #83

    From Pathology to Function in the Shoulder Part 3 | Pro Episode #83

    10/31/2014

    In the last two pro-episodes, we’ve covered the need to optimize start and finish positioning as a baseline to creating normal function. Well you ask, “what about the middle?” As it turns out, the principles governing physiology also govern technique. Technique in fact, is the expression of physiology to solve a movement task. Usually, we see the bulk of coaching cues fall into organizing the spine, or creating rotation (like arm pit facing forward, or breaking the bar). When athletes are missing key ranges of motion, are stiff in the prime movers, or aren’t aware that they need to buffer…