• Gregarious Giraffe to Graceful Gazelle

    By Ryan Brown | In Mobility | on October 26, 2014

    I often joke about some of the high school kids I work with looking like “baby giraffes” due to the lack of control they have of their body. Mobility, defined as “capable of moving or being moved readily,” is going to be the most important factor in your ability to execute your training effectively. If […]

  • The Shoulder Health Essentials

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Mobility, Olympic Weightlifting, Overhead Press | on October 13, 2014

    The shoulder complex is an intricate network of muscles and joints working together to produce a substantial amount of motion.  This network also works to stabilize the demanding movements and positions we ask of it in the weight room and in competition.  In this article, we will focus on the muscle group common to many […]

  • A Different Approach to Mobility

    By James Hoffman | In Mobility | on October 13, 2014

    There has been a lot of hullabaloo regarding the concept of mobility. Although virtually all sports and sporting movements require an element of flexibility, the idea of being highly “mobile” has been taken severely out of context. This in turn has led to a lot of training time being spent focused on contorting arms and […]

  • Effortless Mobility

    By Ryan Brown | In Mobility | on September 12, 2014

    The article originally appeared in Volume 4 of Strong360 monthly.  If you like what you read, and you want more of this content, and to get your hands on it as soon as it’s published, click here or follow the link at the end of the article.   “Remember that gravity is a force that […]

  • Strong360 Podcast-Darkside Strength

    By Juggernaut | In Mobility, STRONG360 | on September 11, 2014

    Ryan Brown and Dr. Quinn Henoch of Darkside Strength join Brandon and Chad to discuss movement (mobility/stability) training and how you can get more out of your pre-training routine than just aimlessly foam rolling and mashing. Listen Now Get It On iTunes Ryan and Dr. Quinn will also be presenting and coaching at Become Unstoppable […]

  • The Best Damn Squat Mobility Article. Period.

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Mobility, Squat | on September 4, 2014

    As the Juggernaut Squatapalooza rolls on, check out the first seven parts of this series if you’re just tuning in: Part 1:  Setting up for a Huge Squat Part 2:  Dont Get Stapled – How to Make it Through Your Sticking Point Part 3:  10 Steps to Great Squatting Technique Part 4:  Squatting Specifics – […]

  • Stabilizing the Scapulae for Overhead Pressing

    By Pat Davidson | In Mobility, Overhead Press | on August 6, 2014

    Ivan Abadjiev, the great Bulgarian weightlifting coach made the world take notice when his team started dominating Olympic contests and international meets during the prime of his coaching career. What was the secret to his success? Increasing the annual training volume of the contest lifts with his athletes in training. The Bulgarian training regime for […]

  • Top 3 Ways You’re Ruining your Warm-up

    By Ryan Brown | In Mobility | on July 8, 2014

    CrossFitters tend to love the sentiment of the ever-popular T-Shirt proclaiming “Your workout is our warm up!”  This thought process still prevails in many CrossFit gyms across the world. Warm ups aren’t sexy, but they can be the most important part of the workout, ESPECIALLY for the novice. 1. Of course, we want to literally […]

  • Optimizing the Female Athlete – Rib Position

    By Stacey Schaedler | In Iron Woman, Mobility | on July 2, 2014

    Over the course of my 10 years as a personal trainer and strength coach, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of female clients. Though each woman’s physiology, athletic background and goals were unique, noticeable patterns emerged- some of which have converged to form a larger issue that is specific to the female […]

  • If you’ve been following us at Darkside Strength, you know that we like to use the “ground up” approach, building safe and efficient movement through the use of developmental positions.  These positions are in reference to the ways in which infants learn to move.  As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, babies don’t need squat coaches.  […]

  • Top 8 of May

    By Juggernaut | In Build Muscle, Crossfit Training, Diet, Mobility, Powerlifting, Squat, Training | on June 5, 2014

    1. CrossFit: A Sport of Specifity by Chad Wesley Smith Should competitive exercisers for time compartmentalize all their training and essentially become specialists across a number of disciplines? 2. The Scapula and Thoracic Spine: A Classic Love Story To Improve Your Overhead Position by Dr. Quinn Henoch Dr. Quinn breaks down some helpful points and […]

  • It’s the first day of his internship and Chris is more than ready. His world revolves around human performance. He has sacrificed a lot to gain this opportunity. The last few years have been spent scanning pages, articles, and manuals. His nights were spent in the University gym, running through countless different programs. This chance […]

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Movement Prep

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Mobility | on May 21, 2014

    Hard training often requires some type of movement preparation or body maintenance.  Few people can go in the gym and crush weights day in and day out without those things at some point in a training cycle.  There is a spectrum obviously.  Some need to devote little time to this type of work, and some […]

  • Top 6 of April

    By Juggernaut | In Bench, Endurance, Lose Fat, Mobility, Squat, Training | on May 6, 2014

    1. 5 Questions with Alex Viada We sit down and get to know hybrid athlete, Alex Viada, the owner of Complete Human Performance in Durham, NC. Alex has squatted and deadlifted over 700 pounds raw and also is a high level endurance competitor in triathlon and ultramarathon. 2. 5 Things That Are Holding Your Squat […]

  • Body Mechanic

    By Juggernaut | In Mobility, Rehabilitation | on May 5, 2014

    by Daniel MacLean, MPT, CSCS While performing an Olympic Lift, it is very important to have symmetry from side to side in a multitude of movement planes. Equal balance from side to side, front to back, as well as rotational balance will allow the athlete to perform movement as efficiently, safely, and powerful as possible. […]

  • If an athlete is to have a strong, pain free overhead position, the shoulder blade and the upper back must have a healthy relationship.  Like any beautiful couple, if there is disharmony, then problems will arise.  The focus of this article will be working to attain full shoulder elevation with a desirable spinal position and […]

  • 5 Steps for Healing Low Back Pain

    By Stacey Schaedler | In Mobility, Rehabilitation | on April 11, 2014

    There’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to treating low back pain.  My experience with yoga, Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen and the Egoscue Method has helped me to develop a system for evaluating posture and movements. From here I am able to address mobility, stability and strength imbalances that could be […]

  • Glute Activation

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Mobility | on April 9, 2014

    Glutes are fucking great.  They really are.  Hip extension and rotation are paramount in many athletic endeavors, as well as functions of daily life.  A simple internet search will yield many peer reviewed articles showing a relationship between the strength of this muscle group and athletic performance, as well as low back pain, hip pain, […]

  • 1. The Bottom Position of Your Squat: A Defining Characteristic of Your Human Existence by Dr. Quinn Henoch Dr. Quinn Henoch shows you the cause and how to fix the dreaded ‘butt wink’ to help you perform better and stay healthier. 2. Common Habits That Are Hurting Your Weightlifting by Colin Burns Colin Burns helps […]

  • Mobility Gone Wrong

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Mobility | on February 26, 2014

    5 Common Mistakes and Quick Fixes Today we will discuss five very basic activities that are commonly used to improve joint mobility, muscle flexibility, tissue extensibility, etc.  More specifically, we will discuss how these activities can be poorly executed – which in turn, can waste your time, and in some cases, cause harm.  Finally, proper […]

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