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Chest to Bar Pullups

A question comes in from Laid regarding chest to bar pullups: I have a question about body weight exercise. In fact, about pull-ups. I’ve tried many different approaches but I’m pretty bad in them. I can do 10 chin-ups without problem even more, but with pull-ups I can do 3-4 pull-ups and none of them […]

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Progressive Stand Up Challenges – Rollback Squats

This video is the second in a series of progressive stand up challenges, where I cover regressions and progressions to be able to do various bodyweight movements. If you missed the first video covering the cross leg sit to stand go here. This covers the rollback squat. The rollback squat involves doing a regular full […]

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Progressive Stand Up Challenges – Cross Leg Sit to Stand

This video is the first in a series of progressive stand up challenges where I cover regressions and progressions to be able to do various bodyweight movements. Our first one covers the cross leg sit to stand. This was the method used in the sitting-rising test as covered in Brito et al’s research, that showed […]

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Multiple Ways to Imagine…

Two days ago, I told you about an idea I found from Ironmind’s Milo magazine that I really liked. (If you missed that one about injury prevention you can check it out here.) Now, something I disagree with. This is from an article on Mental Training for All Athletes by Evan Perperis, NSCA-CPT. Overall, I […]

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3 Most Common Injuries…

I was reading the latest issue of Milo from Ironmind this past week. One sentence from and article by Mike Waller, Ph.D., C.S.C.S, NSCA-CPT caught my eye: “Reviewing articles that cover the most common injury sites for a given sport is recommended, so that the top three areas of concern can be determined.” This was […]

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Easy Bodyweight Grip Hanging Progressions

The other day, an endurance athlete who was involved in Spartan Races asked me for some grip training advice. Without diving into complex equipment, I laid out these ideas for easy bodyweight grip hanging progressions. This is a low-equipment way anyone can use to develop strong hands and fingers. The basics are a: Two-handed bar […]

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Training for Balance

Balancing is a movement quality that is sometimes thought of, but not always. On that note, what is involved in training for balance? Gail asks: “I was thinking about what is involved with balance. What I have come up with so far: Strength in certain specific muscles ie- core for cycling & probably most other […]

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I’m like an 18 year old girl selling weight loss?

A couple weeks ago, I sent out an article about fixing osteoarthritis that was based on a customer asking me about the topic. In case you missed it, you can find it on the blog here. Overall, there was great feedback on it. But I also got one guy that had BIG problems with it. […]

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A Basic Bodyweight Workout Plan

Shane asks about a basic bodyweight workout plan: “What is a good place to start a body weight workout? I cannot do strict military pull ups, but have always wanted to. I’ve tried negatives etc with no success.” You start with where you are at. The main thing to do with bodyweight, or otherwise, is […]

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Quitting the Beast Snatch

Well, I don’t quite look at it that way. Instead, I am switching gears. For years, I’ve pursued the Beast Snatch Test, where I aimed to do 100 snatches in 10 minutes with a 48kg or 106 lb. kettlebell. I’m setting aside this goal…for now. I don’t see this as a failure, just something I […]

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