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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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    Moving from Pathology to Function Part I: Shoulder Pain in Overhead Pressing | Pro Episode #81

    Moving from Pathology to Function Part I: Shoulder Pain in Overhead Pressing | Pro Episode #81

    10/08/2014

    Today’s episode highlights the critical need to be able to define and quickly assess movement problems. Our athlete is already well on her way by being able to assess her problem by being able to identify that her problem is related to a specific movement. This stands in sharp contrast to the typical self reporting we see in the clinic (i.e. “My shoulder hurts, coach.” “Like all the time? Like you have shoulder cancer?” “No, when I press overhead I mean.” “Right”.) If you are a coach and athlete, then dollars to donuts you’ve run into this problem at least…

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    Programming for the Hypermobile Athlete | Pro Episode #70

    Programming for the Hypermobile Athlete | Pro Episode #70

    05/20/2014

    Hey Mwod legion, Today’s Pro content is dedicated to those amongst us that have this thing called “primary instability” or excessive range of motion.  I know, your mind is blown.  Yes, there are people in the world that are too mobile.  In our gym for example, we regularly have athletes (yogi’s, ballet dancers, etc) that aren’t appropriate for certain models of training. These athletes may get overhead squats instead of snatches for example.  Or we may program front squats instead of power cleans for them, sumo dead lifts instead of cleans or conventional pulling.  They may be appropriate to press…