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So I think at this point, many of us are starting to realize that the old, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” adage, will bring the latter part of that phrase along a whole lot sooner than you’d like. It seems everyday, I read a new study showing just how important sleep is for dealing with our mental state, emotional health, and overall well being.

With all of this information coming out though, we as a population, still really suck at getting the required amounts of sleep necessary to promote good health.


 
 
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The Deadlift is one of the ultimate displays of strength. There's a reason, many people call it the "King of all exercises."

It's hard to find an exercise that uses as many muscles of the body, to produce such a great display of brute force, all the while taking us through one of the most functional movement patterns there is (and remember I don't use that term functional often), picking something up off the ground.


 
 
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So I posed a question to people who follow me on Facebook recently to see how I can help my audience best. One of the answers I got from multiple people was that they wanted help with Chin-Ups.

I covered Chin-Ups once before in an edition of Technique Tuesday's, but I wanted to shoot a new video about them, which would cover more info. 

The video below goes over the differences between Chin-Ups and Pull-Ups, how I progress my clients to being able to perform their first Chin-Up, and some ways to add a new challenge to your Chin-Ups to increase the intensity.


 
 
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“How much ya bench?”

When somebody finds out you lift weights, it’s automatically the first question they ask, usually mimicking the voices from the Saturday Night Live sketch.

Is that annoying? 

Ummm…. yeah, to say the least. 


 
 
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So today I wanted to give everyone just a quick video of one of my favorite mobility drills for helping people improve the rotational ability of their thoracic spine. 

This drill is called the side lying windmill. It is one of the best drills I've used so far to not only help improve people's thoracic mobility, but as a result help people create better movement patterns (and in some cases it has a by-product of alleviating pain, although relieving pain is not my job nor intention) for other areas such as the shoulders and hips.

Since the thoracic spine is the area of your spine that is meant to be more mobile, when it gets stiff or immobile, the areas such as the lumbar spine (low back area) and cervical spine (neck area) tend to create mobility they should not have. This generally leads to problems in the low back/ hips area and the upper back/neck and shoulders area.


 
 
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I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly….

Ok, maybe you are, and maybe I shouldn’t have used that lyric, but any chance a strength coach can work in a Queen Bae reference to an article, they’re gonna do it.

I’m pretty sure it’s part of the prerequisites for renewing my certification each year.

As most of you have probably guessed, today’s post is all about your glutes. Everyone wants to make sure they’re strong and looking good, because not only do the aid in improving your physical performance in the gym or on the field, but let’s be honest, nobody wants a pancake butt.

Training your glutes is all the rage now thanks to coaches like Bret Contreras aka “The Glute Guy”.