Mobility

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.  […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • Joint Laxity and the Female Athlete

    By Stacey Schaedler | In Mobility | on February 7, 2014

    Joint hypermobility is a condition in which joints easily move beyond the normal range of motion expected at a particular joint.  This condition tends to be inherited and there is no “cure” for it.  As coaches we need to be aware that these individuals are lacking the muscular resistance to support the joint and as […]

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  • Okay the title is ridiculous.  Though, whether on the competition platform or when training for your respective sport, ones bottom position in the squat can tell you a lot about an athlete.  I want to focus on a common movement pattern that some utilize to attain “proper depth”.  I’m talking about lumbar flexion/posterior pelvic tilt […]

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  • Self Assessments Worth Correcting-Part 2, Ankle Mobility

    By Greg Robins | In Mobility | on February 5, 2014

    Last installment we took a look at the Back To Wall Shoulder Flexion drill. We talked about how to perform the test, why it’s important, and a few ways to correct any deficiencies. Today I want to talk about the ankle, and in particular how to assess adequate dorsiflexion. The main theme in today’s post […]

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  • If you wanna be the best, you need to be coached by the best! Juggernaut Clinics are a great way to get specialty coaching from the World’s Strongest Team! Juggernaut Clinics are one day (4-5 hour) events that will cover Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Strongman, and Mobility with a rotating cast of coaches who are experts in […]

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  • Kelly Starrett Interview

    By Juggernaut | In Mobility | on December 17, 2013

    Dr. Kelly Starrett, through his website MobilityWOD.com and book Becoming A Supple Leopard, has been at the forefront of the advancement of mobility and movement knowledge in training over recent years. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly and discuss a variety of topics from the ‘knees out’ debate, to the role of […]

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  • Top 8 of November

    By Juggernaut | In Crossfit Training, Diet, Mobility, Powerlifting, Squat, Training | on December 10, 2013

    In case you missed them, here are 8 of our best articles from November… 1. Supple Leopard vs The World by Dr. Quinn Henoch Knees out in the squat? Not so fast my friend! Dr. Quinn Henoch of Darkside Strength elucidates his viewpoint on this Supple Leopard induced squatting hysteria. 2. Cube for CrossFit by Brandon […]

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