The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I explained how taking the slack out of the bar can help you deadlift more efficiently, increasing tension at the onset of the lift. In today’s article, I’ll discuss another crucial aspect of the set-up that can add kilos to your lifts, while...

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 1

In this series, I’ll be addressing some elements of proper setup and execution that can dramatically enhance the way you deadlift. To start off, let’s talk about tension.  There are a couple of different ways to increase tension during the deadlift, so this specific...

Box Jumps for Conditioning: Is It Worth it?

Box jumps are a phenomenal tool for building explosive power and strength. As part of regimented plyometric training, they can help an athlete become faster, stronger and more powerful, ultimately enhancing performance where it matters. For the general population,...

Improve Your Balance and Performance: The Tripod Foot

When analyzing squat mechanics, a quick glance at one’s feet will tell me most of what I need to know. If the feet are pronated, supinated, or the toes are coming off the ground, I can typically expect to see a cascade of poopy events further up the kinetic chain....

RDL vs. SLDL: What’s the Difference?

The Romanian Deadlift and Stiff (or Straight) Legged Deadlift are two movements that look nearly identical, yet each has its own set of benefits and disadvantages. In this article, I’ll discuss the main differences between the two exercises, how I coach the lifts, and...
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