EFS Classic: Flexibility/Mobility: An elitefts™ Roundtable Discussion
EFS Classic: Flexibility/Mobility: An elitefts™ Roundtable Discussion
With Jim Wendler, Mark McLaughlin, Bob Youngs, Alwyn Cosgrove, Tom Deebel, Jason Ferruggia, Julia Ladewski, Dave Tate, and Mike Hope.
Is ART Necessary?
Is ART Necessary?
The b*tch of it was that I wasn’t doing anything hard when I got hurt.
Training Around Back Pain
Training Around Back Pain
The bottom position of a squat or deadlift is where the lumbar spine is most vulnerable.
Adventures in Spinal Surgery
Adventures in Spinal Surgery
I believe that since I've been training with it like this these last couple of years, at least I should be able to continue without a problem.
Training Concepts, Recovery and Knee Rehab with Buddy Morris
Training Concepts, Recovery and Knee Rehab with Buddy Morris
These videos made me realize what I needed to do in order to preserve longevitiy in doing what I love...lifting!!
A Twist on 5/3/1 for a Recovering Weightlifter
A Twist on 5/3/1 for a Recovering Weightlifter
I don't take any credit for this but instead give credit to the mind who published his idea for the 5/3/1 program—Jim Wendler.
How to Use the Sled for Virtually Everything
How to Use the Sled for Virtually Everything
How many of you in the "elitefts™ family" have a sled, Prowler®, or homemade version of one of these?
Things I Learned Vacationing in the Developing World
Things I Learned Vacationing in the Developing World
Man, do I love vacation time. It's the best time of year for resting, recovering, reflecting, and replanning.
Injury Prevention Series: IT Band Syndrome
Injury Prevention Series: IT Band Syndrome
Few sayings are more sagacious than the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The Rehab Guy: Q&A
The Rehab Guy: Q&A
You’ve got questions? He’s got the answers to get you back under the bar.
Back to a Pain-Free Bench
Back to a Pain-Free Bench
What's more important is bench pressing without messing up your shoulders in the process.
Rolling Pins: Not Just for Bread Dough
Rolling Pins: Not Just for Bread Dough
In this article, I will show you how to increase the range of motion further in your upper body to get the most out of all your upper body movements like the bench, row, shoulder press, and chin-up.
Vincent Dizenzo's Rant on Warming Up
Vincent Dizenzo's Rant on Warming Up
We would like to know your thoughts on warming-up and recovery.
Does Stretching Make You Flexible?
Does Stretching Make You Flexible?
This goes out to all the mobility experts, strength coaches and yoga instructors...
Remove the Extensor Block for a Faster Sprint
Remove the Extensor Block for a Faster Sprint
Just like the most effective bar path in powerlifting is a vertical line, there are optimal directions for movement in sports.
The Rehab Guy: Q&A
The Rehab Guy: Q&A
You’ve got questions? He’s got the answers to get you back under the bar.
21st Century Sleep Tactics
21st Century Sleep Tactics
When we think of bettering performance, the topic of recovery is paramount.
Sleep or Not to Sleep?
Sleep or Not to Sleep?
And if all else fails, I’ll do what all other powerlifters do with nagging injuries, I’ll ignore it.
The Rehab Guy: Q&A 1
The Rehab Guy: Q&A 1
You've got questions? He's got the answers to get you back under the bar.
Rehab Fatigue
Rehab Fatigue
Like anyone who regularly reads elitefts.com™, I've struggled with injuries.
Cherry Juice...Recovery Aid?
Cherry Juice...Recovery Aid?
On the face of it, cherry juice may just appear to be the latest in a long line of super foods.
A Brief Overview of Shoulder Subluxations
A Brief Overview of Shoulder Subluxations
Regardless of whether or not you have the surgery, you’ll need to focus on extensive warm-ups prior to activities that cause subluxations.
Tips and Tricks for Rehabbing and Preventing Common Sports Injuries
Tips and Tricks for Rehabbing and Preventing Common Sports Injuries
When your training is going well, your body is able to recover better.
Sleep: Why It's Essential
Sleep: Why It's Essential
Sleep needs to be for more than just tissue repair.
The Rocking Boat to Recovery
The Rocking Boat to Recovery
As a powerlifting coach and professional clinical social worker, I used to define "recovery" in two different ways depending on what hat I was wearing at the time.
Rehab/Prehab Work for Your Shoulders
Rehab/Prehab Work for Your Shoulders
Here are 10 easy effective shoulder prehab/rehab warm-ups that we perform at NeboBarbell.
No Lower? No Problem! A Broken Down Trainer's Journey Back to Functionality
No Lower? No Problem! A Broken Down Trainer's Journey Back to Funct...
I think it’s safe to say that if you're a frequent reader of this site, you know full well the extreme benefits that can be derived by lifting massive weights with our lower extremities.
Don't Ignore the Rotators
Don't Ignore the Rotators
Don't neglect the rotators and allow imbalances to develop.
Paleo Rehab
Paleo Rehab
So stay tuned my little Pulcimaniacs and see if Uncle Steve can bull his way through his own rehab with total disregard of the advice of doctors, friends and family without ending up with a permanent pimp walk.
What Do You Do Now That Basketball Season Is Over?
What Do You Do Now That Basketball Season Is Over?
The basketball season is just coming to an end for many high schools, and it won’t be long before many of the players are off to their AAU teams.
The Overlooked Essentials for Your Ultimate Adaptation
The Overlooked Essentials for Your Ultimate Adaptation
If only I had known these essential ingredients for getting stronger, leaner, and more energetic when I was competing in bodybuilding, it would have made things a whole lot easier.
Ice Baths: Hot or Not?
Ice Baths: Hot or Not?
Jumping into a bath full of ice or having a cold shower is a great way to recover from exercise, right?
I’m Injured—Now What?
I’m Injured—Now What?
The focus of this article is to discuss what you do after you've sustained an injury.
Forearm, Shoulder or IT Band Pain? Robertson has Answers
Forearm, Shoulder or IT Band Pain? Robertson has Answers
Don't forget about impacting the ENTIRE upper extremity as well.
The Keys to Upper Body Injury Prevention and Strength
The Keys to Upper Body Injury Prevention and Strength
I sincerely hope this piece not only helps you set some PR's, but keeps you hoisting the heavy iron for years to come!
Athletic Pubalgia
Athletic Pubalgia
I've seen a ton of hip impingements on the right side
Do You Have These Problems?
Do You Have These Problems?
I was wondering if you can help me out with a hamstring issue.
Landon's Strength and Conditioning 101
Landon's Strength and Conditioning 101
Make sure there is rationale for its prescription.
Corrective Exercise: Does It Have a Place in MMA Strength Training?
Corrective Exercise: Does It Have a Place in MMA Strength Training?
Trying to convince a combat athlete that thoracic spine mobility drills will help him in the octagon is like trying to convince my girlfriend that size doesn’t matter.
EMS – Electrical Muscle Stimulation: A tool to complement training
EMS – Electrical Muscle Stimulation: A tool to complement training
The brain sends electrical impulses through the nerves to obtain voluntary muscle contractions.
Pec Tears and Strains
Pec Tears and Strains
I lived this nightmare for years after my pec tear.
How Do You Recover?
How Do You Recover?
Assuming we have someone who is fully motivated and has an adequate strength and conditioning program at his disposal, it’s time we address the educational component of action persuasion.
Build It Before You Need It
Build It Before You Need It
Whether you’re pressed for time or want to get straight to the weight, the thought of skipping over those warm-up exercises and routines seems to always cross our mind.
Big, Strong, Powerful, and Dying…
Big, Strong, Powerful, and Dying…
It usually starts like this—an elbow to the ribs in the middle of the night from your spouse.
My Back is Killing Me!
My Back is Killing Me!
Lower back pain can be a common pain source for powerlifters and other strength athletes.
Coping with Sciatica
Coping with Sciatica
The real purpose of this article is for me to explain the stretching regimen that I do daily to ward off the sciatic pain.
Bridging the Gap Between Rehabilitation and Sports Performance Training
Bridging the Gap Between Rehabilitation and Sports Performance Training
Over the course of a few months, I frequently witnessed a person leave the physical therapy clinic restored to “functional capacity” only to return later with the same injury on a different limb, a different injury surrounding the original site of surgery/rehabilitation, or even worse, the same injury on the same limb.
The Rocky Boat to Recovery
The Rocky Boat to Recovery
As a Powerlifting Coach and as a professional Clinical Social Worker, when I think about the concept "recovery," I used to define it two different ways depending what hat I was wearing at the time.
Getting Over Overtraining: Five Practical Tips
Getting Over Overtraining: Five Practical Tips
Overtraining is a result of training stress in addition to the rest of life’s stresses exceeding an athlete’s ability to recover.
Back pain? My ass!
Back pain? My ass!
I’ve had so much pain in my lower back that it's hard to get up or sit down in a chair, let alone try to squat or deadlift a couple hundred pounds.
Power Shower
Power Shower
If you beat yourself up training like I do, you are going to love this article.
How to Properly Deload
How to Properly Deload
Rest, recover and prepare the body for the next block of hard training.
The Parasympathetic Secret
The Parasympathetic Secret
You wake up after a restful night’s sleep to hit up the gym before the sun comes up, but why do you feel so weak and unmotivated to lift heavy and strong?
Recovery 101: Training Techniques
Recovery 101: Training Techniques
In the second part of his two-part series, Charlie discusses some great things to do post-workout for quicker recovery.
Trigger Point 101
Trigger Point 101
Training hard comes with a price.
A Strength Coach’s Guide to Dealing with Pain, Part 3: Low Back
A Strength Coach’s Guide to Dealing with Pain, Part 3: Low Back
When training athletes, an all-inclusive approach works best.
 Alleviating Ailing Ankles: Part 2
Alleviating Ailing Ankles: Part 2
In the first part of “Alleviating Ailing Ankles,” I discussed the function of the ankle joint and demonstrated a few exercises to help achieve additional range of motion in dorsiflexion.
Damn, My “Insert Anything Here” Hurts
Damn, My “Insert Anything Here” Hurts
You didn’t get injured today, but you exponentially increased your potential for injury because your next workout and warm up will be pretty much the same.

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