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    Pressing Mechanics and The Knee Pushup Up Disaster/Froning and Bailey Edition

    Pressing Mechanics and The Knee Pushup Up Disaster/Froning and Bailey Edition

    01/17/2013

    Hey MWodies! We are back! The big new gym project is behind us and I have enough available brain capacity to start this engine back up. So let’s jump right to it. Let’s set a few ideas up first: 1) Great athletes (Rich Froning and Dan Bailey for example) tend to have universal motor patterning. By this I mean that they will adopt a “universal motor blueprint” across movement tasks. In this video example, you will notice that both Rich and Dan have a vertical forearm during both their pushup and in the bottom of their burpee. This vertical forearm…

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    MWod Leopard Test

    MWod Leopard Test

    12/11/2012

    It’s simple, can you overhead squat?  Good, now overhead squat with two kettlebells or dumbells (1.5/1 pood or 50/35′s)  The difference in the difficulty is the direct result of your capacity to create torque in your hips to keep your torso upright and your inability to hide this deficiency with a closed torque barbell system.  It probably also might show you how far away from full range of motion your shoulders really are. How hard is it to just keep both of those kettlebells over your head? Tweet photo of successful Leopard Test to @mobilitywod #Leopardtest. Kstar Watch Open and…

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    Building a Better Front Rack: Shoulder and Trunk Stability Relationship

    Building a Better Front Rack: Shoulder and Trunk Stability Relationship

    12/04/2012

    Hey Mwodies, Today’s episode is about exploring the relationship of a mechanically sound shoulder position in the front rack and it’s effects on your upper back stability.  The relationship is simple.  You have to have a stable, well positioned trunk  off of which you can organize the primary engine of the shoulder.  Here is where it gets interesting.  The stability and torque created by the well organized shoulder structure creates a reciprocating stabilizing effect on the trunk.  This is the same effect that we see when we create torque at the hip to keep the pelvis and lumbar upright.  In…