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Why do some athletes jump higher, sprint faster, and cut quicker than others? It is because of Power! A common misconception is that training for strength by loading large amounts of weight directly increases athleticism; however the transfer to your athletic endeavors are not made by simply lifting heavy loads. Power=Work/Time, meaning there is a velocity or speed component when training for power. This article will demonstrate 5 exercises that you can perform with just a Kettlebell to increase your rate of force production and level up your Power!ย 

Knee surgery prehab exercises that include range of motion and strengthening exercises have been shown to improve strength and function prior to surgery, improve strength and function after surgery, can potentially decrease hospital stay times, and improve long term function and quality of life! We have put together some of our favorite knee prehab exercises to jumpstart your road to recovery, better yet it may even spare you from surgery for the time being. Continue reading!

The split stance position is hands down one of the most underutilized positions when it comes to leg day workouts and lower extremity rehab. The split stance position can and should be utilized as a transitionary stance between double leg and single leg positions. Double legย support positions like in the squat and deadlift are great for developing strength and power; however, they can hide asymmetries from side to side and don't truly test the body's ability to coordinate complex movement patterns. This is why single leg exercises are a staple in many strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs alike. However, many people struggle with single leg exercises like single leg Romanian deadlifts, step downs, and single leg hopping due to a lack of coordination, balance, strength, or all of the above. This is where the split stance position shines and can be utilized to "bridge the gap" to single leg exercises. Learning to own the split stance position will elevate your gym games and [P]Rehab your legs alike!

Single leg strengthening exercises are truly functional. Yes, I said the F-word. Single leg strengthening exercises are functional because they help with making activities of daily living easier, can improve athletic performance, can help with longstanding aches and pains, and can even reduce the risk of injury. It is essential to incorporate single leg strengthening exercises to your training regime, as it reinforces the principles of prehab. In this article, you will learn our go-to single leg strengthening exercises that everyone can benefit from.

Injuries are unavoidable. $HiT happens! Whether it's your knee, ankle, or hip, you need to follow a systematic return to running protocol to ensure that you've built up the adequate strength to run. Returning to running after an injury without a plan is like running a marathon without buildingย up your mileage. It puts your body at increased risk of future re-injury! Followย these easy steps and you'll be back to running in no time!

Step-ups will always be a staple drill in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs when it comes to working with runners. Considering the unilateral, weight-bearing nature of the step-up, it effectively challenges recruitment patterns analogous to those encountered during routine activities of daily living and sport.
This article is a must read for any runner and one of the best articles you will readย hands down regarding strength training for runners - all focused around the step up. It's written by renown running expert and physical therapist Dr. Christopher Johnson. He's not just an academic, but also a 2x Kona Qualifier and currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. So let's just say he knows a thing or two about running performance! Chris was kind enough to release thisย chapter of his ebook Running On Resistance FREE for you guys here in this article. If you like what you read (and we know you will), you can save 15% on his book using the code "stepupsforgains" here.

Hamstring exercises should be a staple in every person's training program. However, you don't have to feel limited to the traditional and boring standing hamstrings stretch and leg curls. In this article, you'll find hamstring warm up and strengthening exercises that are not your average exercises.

Check out this Q&A with world renown ACLr physio Mick Hughes talking about common ACL rehab questions. In this article, you'll find a video with almost an hour of content answering common questions regarding ACL reconstruction rehab, reviewing the evidence surrounding ACLr, and debunking myths and misconceptions.

Quadriceps inhibition or the inability to feel/activate your quadriceps after major knee surgeries like ACL reconstruction can be a very frustrating early on in the rehabilitationย process. How is it possible that you can't squeeze your quad?! Luckily for you, we'll show you our top 7 cues and expert tips toย increase your quadriceps activation and get it firing again!

Do you have knee pain? Have you tried changing your movement mechanics?ย Did you know there is a difference between a knee strategy and a hip strategy? A Knee Strategy has been shown to increase risk of Tibiofemoral joint injury, Patellofemoral joint pain, Patella Tendinopathy, ACL sprains, as well as IT band syndrome.ย Utilizing a Hip Strategy with movements such as squatting, stair climbing, and jumping will reduce demand on your knees, which may reduce your knee pain or help prevent you from having knee pain in the future! Read more to understand the difference between a Knee vs. a Hip Strategy, Changing your mechanics can improve your knee pain!