Review Category : Training

The Hip Hinge

Red alert, red alert! I haven’t been at Cressey Performance for all that long, but already I’ve noticed an all-too-common pattern. In both beginner trainees and seasoned veterans alike, pulling more weight seems to be a universal goal that everyone strives for – but oftentimes this happens at the sake of proper form. Many of us know that the deadlift is one of the more technical exercises out there. It’s always a good idea to have a knowledgeable coach watching you lift, especially as you near your max, as old movement patterns from the past may resurface and behaviors you thought you’d effectively eliminated may spring up again.

Keep your chest up. Tuck that chin. Pull your shoulders back and down. Push the knees out when you pull. Squeeze the glutes at the top. Don’t hyperextend. Look down. Sit back, sit back, sit back.

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Mastering the Basics: Training Edition

Many sports are organized in such a fashion that mandates formal mastery of some skill before advancing to the next level. With Tae Kwon Do, you start out with the white belt, then you progress to yellow belt, and so on and so forth until you finally obtain elite black belt status. Gymnastics works in a similar fashion: once level 5 is reached, the athlete is required to meet a minimum score before moving forward and eventually becoming an elite gymnast. There are strict rules to adhere to and milestones that must be achieved. With general gym training, however, such rules do not exist.

Trap bar deadlift, then sumo, then conventional.
Goblet squat, then front, then back.
Crawl, then walk, then run.

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6 Commonly Overlooked Training Mistakes You’re Making

Today’s piece is the first of its kind on this site. As many of you are aware, I’ve been spending this summer working as a coaching intern at Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. So far it’s been a wild ride – I’m learning a ton, having fun, and pretty much bathing in awesome 24/7 what with all the incredible people here. I am one of six interns, and we’ve all become close pretty quickly. The idea came to me sometime last week to have a collaboration post with each of the six of us contributing and offering a different angle. We eventually agreed to write on overlooked training mistakes that most of the active population is likely to make when in the gym setting.

Here’s our final product. Let us know what you think!

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Cardio In a Hurry: Metabolic Workout Ideas – The Tabata Method

Steady-state cardio is not my favorite, but I think we’ve established that by now. I strongly prefer metabolic workouts for a multitude of reasons, most notably because they’re time-efficient, they’re more effective toward fat loss goals, and they don’t make me go cross-eyed with boredom.

This will be the first of a series on alternatives to steady-state cardio. Feel free to sprinkle them into your week for a change of pace.

You’re welcome in advance. Or… I’m sorry. Maybe both?

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