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For most individuals, training grip is an afterthought. However, your grip is your body's connection to the barbell, your opponent's jersey, and the stick used to play your sport. What's even more important is that grip is considered to be a useful indicator for overall health. This article will provide sample exercises to improve grip strength to help blast past your deadlift PR and help increase your overall muscle and strength!

Remember being a kid in elementary school and having to perform various tests of fitness? Usually these tests involved running a pre-determined distance, sit ups, push ups, maybe some baseline flexibility testing….and, of course, THE PULL UP! If you are anything like me, this was the most dreaded portion of the test. I couldn’t do a pull up if my life depended on it! In fact, I couldn’t perform a single strict pull up until I was 30 years old. Ready to achieve your first one? Follow along for the best strengthening exercises for pull ups!

Sitting for too long has been shown to have a negative impact on your body. With sedentary behavior, changes are seen in insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular and metabolic function, along with increased risk of mortality. This includes high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, and increased body fat and cholesterol levels. Research suggests that on average, adults sit for approximately 60% of their waking day, which is more than 7 hours!It is our job to help you take ownership of your body, and not allow environmental factors to dictate your movement capacity. Follow along in this article to learn some awesome desk job exercises you can easily replicate with just yourself and about 3-5 feet of space.

Whether you are looking to add variability in your overhead pressing routine, achieving your first handstand push-up, or a CrossFit Athlete needing to return to and build capacity in this skill; we will guide you! This is a challenging movement requiring commitment to achieve but as we know the greater the challenge the greater the reward! Follow along to learn how to work your way from the beginning all the way to mastering handstand push ups!

“We knew we could run in the mud because of our strength training,” reported by Coach Keith Andrew who led his high school boys cross country team to a 2006 Nike Team Nationals on a very waterlogged Portland course. (4) Often times, strength training is feared in the world of distance running. Well, I'm here today to bust that myth! Let's dive into the importance of resistance training, specifically using plyometrics as a way to further develop as a runner. Keep reading to find the plyometric exercises for distance runners you didn't even know you needed.

The natural design of the hip allows it to serve as the key to foundational movement! It is a ball and socket joint, similar to the shoulder which allows it to be extremely mobile. However, in addition to its exceptional mobility, the hips are responsible for giving us a base of weight bearing capabilities to perform complex movements such as walking, swinging a golf club, squatting to pick up objects, dancing, etc., as it also serves as a key stabilizer. If the hips become stiff our movement options become limited! The purpose of this [P]Rehab Clinical Pearl is to enhance your understanding of how to facilitate long-term improvements in hip mobility either for yourself, or for your patients. There will be a series of exercises from our exercise library that you can visualize as we discuss hip mobility throughout this post. You won't want to miss this hip mobility clinical pearl.

In the musculoskeletal rehabilitative field, we often label different movement and postural pathologies with far-reaching garbage bag terms. Some examples include the upper or lower crossed syndromes, a "SICK" scapula, glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD), or the subject of this article, scapular dyskinesia. Now, garbage bag terms don't necessarily mean that these terms are inherently garbage. They often cast a wide net, capturing many musculoskeletal deficits, providing a general diagnosis for the patient and clinician to work from together. It's understandable why we use them: generally the patient appreciates having a name attached to the reason behind their pain. However, depending on the training and opinions of the clinician, these terms often receive criticism from those in the healthcare field. Are movement and postural pathologies legitimate? For example, is scapular dyskinesia a medical diagnosis or simply a descriptive term to capture aberrant scapular mechanics? More importantly, what is scapular dyskinesia and how do we define this? Is it truly possible to quantify scapular dyskinesia? And if it's truly present, does it actually contribute to shoulder pain -- and can we make a positive impact with a detailed physical therapy or rehabilitation program? If interested, read on: we're going to dive into these questions together here.

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can feel overwhelming. One minute you are skiing with your family or jumping up to grab a rebound, and the next minute you are hearing the echoes of that classic “pop” and wondering how you will ever get back to the activities you love. Many people are forced to wait months, or even years, for ACL reconstruction surgery due to issues with access to quality healthcare. Others have surgery almost right away, without preparing their knee for surgery and long post-operative rehab afterward. In almost all cases, it is wise to take a month or two to prepare your knee for ACL reconstruction surgery. This article will take a look at the exercises prior to an ACL surgery that will put you in a position for the best possible outcome post-operation!

Summertime is here and you want the hard work you've been putting in the gym to be recognized when you are outside enjoying the sunshine with your friends. You've been doing the same training routine since high school and feel like you have hit a plateau for gaining muscle. While you want to change things up, you are worried you may get hurt while trying to gain muscle. "Ain't nobody got time for that!" In this article, we will help you understand  strategies to gain muscle without injury!

The bridge is probably the single most prescribed exercise by seems that the bridge exercise is ubiquitous with physical therapy and rehab. As you may be suspecting, we think this is a pretty bad thing! Yes - the bridge is in fact a decent exercise that can help groove a hip hinge movement pattern and can be the starting place for a host of pathologies ranging from the lumbar spine all the way to the foot and ankle. But that doesn't mean that our clients need to perform 3 sets of 10 bridges for months on end during the course of their rehab! Our exercise library has tons of exercises to help groove the horizontal hip hinge movement pattern, starting from the basic supine bridge all the way to a loaded barbell hip thrust. Follow along in this clinical pearl as we discuss bridge exercise progressions for rehabilitation!