The overlooked ankle

If your big guys can’t get low when it comes to squatting chances are their ankles and calves may be balled up like shotputs.  The ankle is the most overlooked joint in the human body when it comes to sports performance.  Ankle mobility has huge implications on not only squat depth but especially knee pain and can even affect the …

Beginner T-Spine Mobility

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4vSrltrc8M]Today, I’m putting a few more of our rotational t-spine mobility movements.  The first is Knees Side to Side.  Most coaches have probably seen this one done.  The emphasis should be reaching out with the arms as far as possible.   Make sure the shoulders don’t come off the ground as the knees approach the floor.  When this occurs reverse the …

T-Spine Mobility Videos

Back in November I posted some of our T-Spine Mobility exercises.  At the time I uploaded pictures of the exercises and gave a little background on each of them.  Here’s the video for each of those exercises as well as the links back to the previous posts.  Hip Flexor Steps w/ Rotation can be found HERE. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHEUZSd8hD0] All Fours – …

Hip Mobility Series

I’ve had several questions lately about the Hip Mobility Series that I presented at the Metroplex Strength and Cond. Clinic this past weekend.  I have finally created a YouTube Channel HERE  so that I can link the videos to our site.  Here’s our 1st video series on Hip Mobility.  Our hurdle duck unders are the 1st movement in our hurdle …

Training the hip flexors

Today I’m sharing a link to a good article by Andrew Paul on the often overlooked hip flexors.  Andrew was an athlete and later a intern for our strength staff at Missouri State University.   He’s a very knowledgeable up and coming strength coach.  http://www.elitefts.com/documents/hip_flexor.htm  There is so much focus on the posterior chain these days that many people have forgotten about the …

Hip Flexor Steps w/ Rotation – Thoracic Spine Mobility

Like we talked about last week, thoracic spine rotation is hugely important for athletes, and especially rotational athletes.  This weeks exercise touches on t-spine mobility once again.  In this exercise athletes start in a pushup positon with a straight line from the shoulder to the ankle.  Athletes will take a step outside of the hand and drive the hips towards …

Thoracic Spine Mobility

One of the t-spine mobility exercises we always put into our warm-up is All Fours – Single Arm Rotations.   It allows for extension and rotation of the t-spine, which is extremely important for any rotational athlete.  Immobile t-spines can not only create problems up and down the spine, they can cause oblique injuries, and serious shoulder problems.   Teaching and mobilizing thoracic …