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 »

Pre-Pro Day Upper Body Session

Today was our second upper body session of the week.  The exercises and sets/reps vary depending on where we are in the block and what I’m trying to accomplish with a specific person. As you can tell we are trying to bring up his bench/back. PVC pipe thoracic/lumbar region Medball upper body warm up – 10lb… Read more »

Trap 3 Raise

Trap 3 Raise

Trap 3 Raise Underutilized movement for trap development and overall shoulder health – prone trap 3 raise. Retract, raise 120 degrees, lower and then protract. 1-2 sets of 10-15 reps is sufficient when adding this into your program. Remember, there are other trap exercises besides shrugs that can and should be used. Shrugs only address… Read more »

Where Do Athletes Go To Get Fast?

Want to be fast? Then you need to train in a fast environment. We have been working with this athlete for the last 7 months on improving sprint mechanics and increasing her ability ability to produce force. Watch out WNY, she is no joke!! For more information on Buffalo’s premier Sports Performance Facility, please refer to… Read more »

Seated Box Jump

Clarence Softball/Volleyball athlete, Gretchen Weiss, dominating a seated box jump.  Not to mention, she’s only 15 years old! Of course she’s a great athlete but there is something to be said for spending time actually coaching and developing a young athlete to perform movements properly. While she does lift (and she’s very strong too), the… Read more »

Video: Push up to Elbow touch

Video: Push up to Elbow touch

New Exercise to try: Wide stance, push up to elbow touch. Wide stance for greater stability, push away from ground, no scapular winging. Slow and controlled. Great for part of your warmup. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWiJJFQ6p8w&feature=youtu.be]

Training: Two New Exercises To Try

Training: Two New Exercises To Try

Kettlebell Mix Curl, The kettlebell is used mainly because it increases the lever arm both in the initial hammer curl and even more so during the eccentric portion of the lift. The lift should be done with total control.   Concentric Sled Pull Throughs, great work for glutes, hams, low back, hips.  

Videos: Get Big Shoulder Press

Videos: Get Big Shoulder Press

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFCxr0PtIK0&feature=plcp]   Here is a new exercise for you to try, especially if your shoulders often bother you.  If you can’t tolerate regular overhead barbell or dumbbell pressing then give this a shot. First, the grip placement is neutral, limiting the internal rotation associated with regular presses (exercises with a pronated grip like the bench… Read more »