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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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    Pro Episode # 40 – Pro user Request Friday: Spinal Rotation and Forward Head

    Pro Episode # 40 – Pro user Request Friday: Spinal Rotation and Forward Head

    08/30/2013

    Hey Mwodies, Today’s Pro-User request comes from one of our high level rotational athletes (golfer). The question is about how to improve rotation and alignment in the cervical and thoracic spine. Sometimes in “gym land” we observe coaches worrying less about thoracic dysfunction and head mechanics because of the relatively slow speeds generated around the spine in the gym (hip extension through the spine and rotation in the spine). The problem with letting these things slip a bit (they don’t hurt right? I lifted the weight and I’m generally awesome so what’s the foul here?) is that small positional inefficiencies…

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    One of My All Time Best Shoulder Fixes. Seriously… Do This Yesterday. | Community Video

    One of My All Time Best Shoulder Fixes. Seriously… Do This Yesterday. | Community Video

    09/27/2012

    Hey MWodies, Fortunately for you we are always messing around (experimenting) on our human guinea pigs (athletes) at the gym (lab).  This practice leads us to ever more complete ways of thinking, and even more elegant and efficient practices.  Today’s shoulder fix is one of these.  I love this mob because it ties together so many tissue systems in a single whack.  It catches the first rib, gets into the scalenes, catches the fascia, etc.  The test retest is insane.  This neck/shoulder junction creates a ton of problems like thoracic outlet issues, shoulder problems, shoulder pain, and downstream neural dynamic…