Strength

5 Shoulder Stretches You Can Do Without Equipment

Shoulder Stretching Made Simple Effective shoulder stretches do not require fancy equipment and do not require tons of time to see benefits.  Sometimes we try and complicate our stretches by adding too many bands, mobility tools, and other equipment. There is certainly nothing wrong with the use of these things, and when used correctly they …

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Project Pullup: 7 Steps to Mastering the Strict Pullup

Why the Strict Pullup? The ability to perform a strict pullup is essential for your health, your strength, and arguably your safety and longevity.  Performing a body weight, unassisted, strict pullup requires good strength and mobility of your spine, shoulders, elbows, and wrist. Why are so many people unable to perform a strict pullup? The …

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10 Unconventional Core Strengthening Exercises

You’re probably aware of the importance of core strengthening exercises, but very few actually know what the core actually is (and what it is not) and how to best strengthen it.  The term core strengthening gets thrown around quite a bit, and it is typically a catch all phrase referring to anything that targets the …

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Deadlift Your Way Out of Lower Back Pain

Are Deadlifts Bad for My Lower Back? Despite what you’ve heard at some point in your life, deadlifts are not bad for your lower back.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Deadlifts are great for your back. They are actually essential to a healthy back.  The problem isn’t that deadlifting is hurting your back, it’s …

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6 Exercises to Improve Thoracic Spine Mobility

What is thoracic spine mobility and why do I need it? Before we dive into how to improve mobility in this area, we first need to know why having full thoracic spine mobility is important for both pain and performance. Thoracic Spine Anatomy: Without going too deep into an anatomy lesson, let’s keep it super …

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Warm-Up Smarter, Not Longer: Your Warm-Up and Mobility Overhaul

Everyone has heard of the importance of a good warm-up to get your body ready for activity.  However, the biggest problem with a good warm-up falls into either the type of warm-up being performed or the timing/duration of warm-up.  The type of warm-up has to match the type of workout or activity that you are …

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