Band Resisted Bird-Dog

Band Resisted Bird-Dog

Band Resisted Bird-Dog This is a progression of the Bird-Dog exercise. Typically, these will be done with 5-10 sec holds. The water bottle on my back is used so that I focus on stability and there’s no excessive rotation in the pelvis. You can use various things including – yoga blocks, lacrosse balls, even a… Read more »

Hand Supported Split Squat

Hand Supported Split Squat

Hand Supported Split Squat (HSSS) I use this movement sometimes as a primary lower body exercise or as an accessory, plenty of different ways to program it. Holding on allows you to worry less about stability (often the limiting factor), so you can load the movement a little heavier. I’m getting away from squats for… Read more »

The Most Difficult Lunge Variation – SSB Deficit Reverse Lunge

The Most Difficult Lunge Variation – SSB Deficit Reverse Lunge

The Most Difficult Lunge Variation – SSB Deficit Reverse Lunge Looking for a new movement to introduce into your boring, monotonous leg training? If you dare, try the SSB Deficit Reverse Lunge. I use deficit reverse lunges with athletes and clients all the time as a powerful accessory movement. The safety squat bar reverse lunge… Read more »

The Most Brutal Leg Finisher

The Most Brutal Leg Finisher If you hate yourself and don’t want to walk for an hour – give this brutal split squat finisher a try. I performed these last today, which probably wasn’t my best idea. Begin with a 5 second hold – then perform 5 consecutive reps Then hold for 10 seconds –… Read more »

Recovery Circuit

I trained with a decent amount of volume and intensity this week so I used a bodyweight recovery circuit today. I’m still rehabbing my torn labrum and it has felt great recently but I’m continuing to add extra stability work (hence banded push ups, bird dogs). 5 rounds OHS x 15 Band push-ups x 10… Read more »

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS)

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS)

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS) One of my favorite split squat variations is the contralateral rear foot elevated split squat. The position of the dumbbell requires even more stabilization from the external obliques and hip complex, so it doubles as a great way to train single leg strength and stability. With more hamstring,… Read more »

barbell roll out

5 Ab Exercises You Need to Try

5 Ab Exercises You Need to Try The more I write, the more I realize that people just want pictures and videos. I love the science behind training but most people could care less. They want some new ideas, exercises or motivation to help them succeed. Below, I’ve compiled 5 relatively unique ab exercises that… Read more »

power speed drills

Power Speed Drills

Typically done by Track and Field athletes, Power Speed drills are low intensive plyometric exercises that I use in the programming of all athletes. Unfortunately, most athletes and coaches just blow through these drills and pay no attention to form or WHY they are being placed in the program. When used properly, these drills are highly… Read more »

barbell roll out

Roll-out with Isometric Hold

Roll-out with Isometric Hold The traditional barbell roll-out is a great anti-extension exercise for the abdominal/lumbar region. This exercise can also be done with your elbows on a yoga ball or using an ab wheel. You should only perform this exercise if you have been taught how to create proper abdominal stiffness under tension. If you… Read more »

Iso-Dynamic Seated Row

Iso-Dynamic Seated Row

Iso-Dynamic Seated Row A big, strong back is essential for athletes, powerlifters and those lifting for aesthetics. The problem is, everyone gets caught up doing the same exercises for the same number of reps. Introduce some novelty. This is an iso-dynamic countdown row. Start with a 6 second hold then perform 6 reps, then hold for… Read more »