Adjust Your Sails (and Your Stance) with the Lock and Rock

I want to focus on one particular area of our anatomical structure and the impact of variations. I am going to suggest a way to individualize foot position for symmetrical stance exercise (swings, squats, etc.) because sometimes we need to “adjust our sails.”

Easy Strength Is Antifragility Training

I am about to explain what a strength training book and an economics book have in common. By the end of this article, you will learn a beneficial paradigm to apply to your own program design.

The Subtle But Essential Role of the Triceps Brachii in the Deadlift

The triceps brachii are often overlooked in the deadlift, even by competitive powerlifters. But when engaged properly, they help you generate more strength and power and reduce injury.

The Turkish Get-Up—A Clinician’s Perspective

It is an ongoing joke that if you come to me with an orthopedic issue, I will tell you to do a Turkish get-up. But in seriousness, it is an excellent tool for diagnosing movement.

Optimizing Back Health With the Kettlebell Swing

As a rehabilitation professional and a former back patient, I believe the properly performed kettlebell swing is essential for a pain free back, and the science backs it up.

I Am a 12-Percenter — Are You?

At age 58, I have a 12.4% risk of dying before I turn 68. But I have one tool that can lower my mortality rate and manage all the risk factors that come with each additional decade of life.

Empowering Self Advocacy: Taking Charge of Your Back Pain

There is no such thing as “non-specific back pain” or degenerative disc disease – there are only those individuals who have not had a thorough assessment.

The 3 Key Distinctions of the Kettlebell Press

When I learned the nuances of this movement, I can’t tell you how much of a difference it made, not only in my pressing strength, but in my overall shoulder health.

Golf Fitness Training With StrongFirst

Strength and conditioning training for golf doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, a routine of squats, get-ups, and swings can do wonders for injury prevention and performance.

An NFL Strength Coach, the Kettlebell, and Elite Athletes

When I first met Pavel, when I was a rookie NFL strength and conditioning coach facing questions and challenges, he forced me to decide what path my future would take.