Close your eyes and imagine your 14-year-old self standing next to your fellow gauche, acne-covered middle-school friends. You’re all standing at the base of a climbing rope staring up as one of your classmates flails around, unsure whether he is making his way up or down. A piercing whistle from your P.E. teacher lets you…

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” -Eleanor Roosevelt When is the last time you really challenged yourself to try something you previously believed to be impossible? While Eleanor probably didn’t have her goals set on a handstand, it’s safe to say this woman could have done anything she set her mind to….

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body. The many tendons, ligaments, and muscles that hold it together give it an incredible range of motion. Unfortunately, this freedom of motion makes it the most unstable joint in the body. As tendons are stretched during movement, they can be rubbed and pinched…

The latissimus (lat) pull-down is a common exercise in resistance training programs for fitness and sport. The lats are used in many sports including swimming, gymnastics, and climbing, to name a few. Many believe having a wider lat pull-down grip position activates the lats more than a narrow lat pull-down grip position. Unfortunately, not many studies…

If I were to ask you, “what leg exercise would you do to build power?”,  I bet most of you would say squats.  Well you are right, but one exercise that can also help you build strength and power is none other than the hip thrust.  What drives me crazy is when these meatheads out…

Are you feeling like a jerk today?  Do you have so much energy and you are not utilizing it in the gym?  Then I may have the exercise that is perfect for you jerks out there.  This is an Olympic lift and it just so happens to be called a Jerk.Olympic lifts have been around…

If you did not know, my favorite lifts are Olympic lifts. It is an awesome feeling when you can grab a heavy weight and accomplish a perfect lift. A perfect lift feels effortless, but it can be frustrating when you have a failed. The snatch in my opinion is one of the hardest lifts to…

Developing muscle can be challenging for people to do.  There are three types of muscle contractions: 1.       Eccentric Contractions- A contraction that increases tension on the muscle as it lengthens. Example: Downward phase of the bicep curls. 2.       Concentric Contractions-A contraction that shortens the muscle as tension is applied. Example: Upward phase of a bicep…

If you have not noticed, the lumbar spine is active in baseball and in all sports.  The movements of the lumbar spine consist of flexion/extension (rounding and arching), lateral bending and axial rotation (twisting).  Extension occurs when the pitcher fully extends as they proceed to the plate for a pitch.   Flexion occurs when the pitcher…

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition that involves pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip. The thoracic outlet is the area between the rib cage and collar bone and the syndrome occurs when the areas in the neck, rib, shoulder, forearm, hand, and/or wrist limit…