The Scap Dip

A great movement for training scapular depression is the scap dip.  Scap depression is extremely important for shoulder health as well as stability.  Depression helps to keep the scapulae out of a rounded over, and pulled forward position.  The pec minor as well as the lower trapezius are responsible for scap depression.  Often, the lower trap is inhibited, and has been lengthened through …

Are your scaps working?

When we do pulling movements we should be thinking about retraction and depression of the scapulae (shoulder blades).  Many athletes perform pulling movements incorrectly, compensating with humeral hyperextension.  In humeral hyperextension the humerus moves behind the torso with no action coming from the retraction of the shoulder blades.   As athletes pull only with the arms the scapula goes into anterior tilt, and loses all stability.  …

Empty Can vs. Full Can

A recent workout brought up a few questions on the validity of the shoulder exercise, the empty can.  The empty can has long been a staple in physical therapy circles when it comes to shoulder rehabilitation.  Dr Frank Jobe, a well known shoulder specialist, was the first the come up with this exercise.  Since then it has become widely known as an isolation execise for the supraspinatus, …

The Other Shrug

I’m sure a lot of coaches and athletes out there have seen the overhead shrug done before but may wonder why it’s good for shoulder health.  Lets start out by examining the anatomy of the scap a little bit.  There are three muscles responsible for upward rotation of the scapula.  Again, upward rotation of the scapula is extremely important for …

What you don’t know about the pushup!!!

The pushup is quite easily one of the best exercises athletes can do.  Most will only associate pushups for the chest, and triceps.  But it’s a great exercise for the total body and even more so the upper back. Reaping the benefits of the pushup means focusing on correct technique first and foremost.   Quite possibly the best part of a correct pushup for …

Power for the Anterior Chain

A large majority of training revolves around working the posterior chain, and rightly so.  The posterior chain is the primary powerhouse of athletics.  The grouping consists of the hamstrings, glute complex, low back, and I even include the mid and upper back as well as the calves into the posterior chain grouping, while most will refer only to the hams, …

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 …

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 …