Before I start this little rant, I want to make a clear distinction between ‘good pain’ that is, pain you experience when you push yourself to new limits (i.e. muscle soreness or ‘the burn’), and ‘bad pain’, the type of pain that is your body telling you that something is seriously not right and you…

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We love squats, I love squats, everyone loves squats. They are the king of all exercises right? Well, squats and deadlifts. Nothing is more functional than having the capacity to pick things up from the floor, carry stuff on your back and move up/down. But as we endeavour to load these movements and their derivatives…

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to compete at the Australian/New Zealand CrossFit Games Regionals competition in Wollongong. For those of you that don’t know about it, the regionals competition is the penultimate competition for the top 60 individual men, top 60 individual women, and top 30 team CrossFit athletes from across…

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The mark of good coach or trainer is their ability to modify their coaching cues to suit the individual. What works for one person often won’t work for another. So the flexibility of the metaphorical tool box that each coach carries with them, of physical and verbal options for assisting their clients to ‘get it’,…

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The importance of repeatability cannot be overstated. When you appraise someones ability to perform a particular exercise or movement it is absolutely imperative that your set up positions for testing are the same each time. If you watch someones overhead squat and the first time you check their technique you cue them to have their…

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Our shoulders get an absolute beating over our lifetime, in fact studies have found that 28% of people under the age of 60 with asymptomatic shoulders (without pain) had evidence of rotator cuff damage and 54% for those over 60years (1), and these are the lucky ones…without pain. I think most people have an appreciation for the functional need…

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One piece of the movement puzzle I see missing all the time is good hip extension. A lot of emphasis is placed on  strengthening the posterior chain these days and for good reason. However the value of a strong posterior chain or powerful hip drive is lost if you dont have the range of motion…

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Mobility is very in vogue at the moment, especially in the CrossFit community. Kelly Starrett and his mobilitywod blog has seen an explosion of mobilisation/stretch techniques being used by the masses to improve their position and movement efficiency during training and competing. I absolutely love the mobilitywod resource; Kelly is a very smart man who…

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The poor old hamstrings get a bad wrap. I would hazard a guess that around 80% of new patients that come to the clinic claim to have tight hamstrings. The story usually goes something like this:  “I’ve always had tight hamstrings, ever since I was in high school, no matter how much I stretched them…

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