Understanding Groin Injuries: A Muscle Tear
Understanding Groin Injuries: A Muscle Tear
The biggest thing you need to take away from muscle tears is that the healing process is largely chemically based and physiologically mediated in order to remedy the mechanical disruption and restore (again) mechanical strength.
Keyboard Warriors Need to Stop!
Keyboard Warriors Need to Stop!
People with similar issues can respond differently to the same treatments, so having multiple solutions is a great way to increase the likelihood of success. As for arguing about different solutions with experts on the internet? Not so great.
The Intent of Recovery
The Intent of Recovery
Intelligent training does NOT need to be pussyfooting around HARD training. It also doesn’t need to be pushing you to a point where you have to “deserve” a rest day. Attending SWIS 2018 and listening to Dr. John Rusin and Christian Thibedeau, I thought it would be great to revisit this topic.
4 Things Your Body Needs to Stay Symmetrical
4 Things Your Body Needs to Stay Symmetrical
As a PT, I made the mistake of letting go of these good habits. By ignoring issues when they arose, I put my body in a compromising state.
Four Simple Mistakes to Avoid to Stay Injury-Free
Four Simple Mistakes to Avoid to Stay Injury-Free
These are what I’d consider the biggest mistakes in letting injury dictate your ability to train.
Back to the Platform After Injury: David LaMartina's Lessons from the Rehab Process
Back to the Platform After Injury: David LaMartina's Lessons from t...
There are so many layers wrapped up in recovery and getting back to competition. These are the key points that Dave had to embrace if he wanted to keep training for the next 10 years.
Back to the Platform After Injury: The Three Main Components of David LaMartina's Rehab
Back to the Platform After Injury: The Three Main Components of David La...
In order to get to the point of actually getting better and taking rehab seriously, a lifter must be willing to shift from short-term to long-term focus. Here's what we did and how I think most rehab for strength athletes should be structured.
Back to the Platform After Injury: The First Steps
Back to the Platform After Injury: The First Steps
Dave LaMartina is one of the hardest working lifters I've met, and has proven over many years that he is willing to train through just about anything. After significant injury led to him stepping off the platform, he reached out to me, and this is how he came back.
5 Training Staples for Your Off-Season
5 Training Staples for Your Off-Season
When the time rolls around to start prepping for your next competition, you'll wish you'd used your off-season wisely. Here are the five things you should focus on to provide the most improvement, longevity, and resilience.
Common Behaviors of Lifters Who Know How to Improve
Common Behaviors of Lifters Who Know How to Improve
Lifters who succeed share a lot of qualities — and so do lifters who fail. I'd challenge you to honestly evaluate how closely you fall on the spectrum of each of these qualities.
Mirage Chasing
Mirage Chasing
We seek enough, for what? To prove we did something? That we’re good “enough” at something? I'm fighting every day to overcome this and you should too.
Meet Report: USPA Pikes Peak Open 2017
Meet Report: USPA Pikes Peak Open 2017
I was setup better from this training cycle than any other. I easily made weight, had a coach with complete confidence in me, and a training partner that celebrated every step. But the meet had a different plan for me.
Peaking When Things Feel Off: Quick Corrections Before A Meet
Peaking When Things Feel Off: Quick Corrections Before A Meet
Only five days out from an important meet, I don't have much time to fix the issues I'm having. For this reason I'm approaching the idea of a pre-meet deload a little differently.
Applications and Benefits of Tempo Training
Applications and Benefits of Tempo Training
Tempo training has the potential to be highly specialized to meet whatever metabolic demands, fiber type, or performance goal an athlete wants to develop.
Utility of the Overhead Press
Utility of the Overhead Press
Looking at lats, thoracic mobility, and the ribcage during an overhead exercise can tell you a lot about a person's pattern, position, and movement quality.
Rehab Done Right: 7 Mistakes of Injury Rehabilitation
Rehab Done Right: 7 Mistakes of Injury Rehabilitation
If you anticipate an extended period of time off, there are lots of things you can do right to avoid common mistakes. Your goal should be to come back stronger and tremendously benefit from time away from heavy weight.
Combatting Shoulder and Elbow Pain from Low Bar Squatting
Combatting Shoulder and Elbow Pain from Low Bar Squatting
Where you lack motion or motor control, your body will pass down the chain to the next moving part that can buy you an extra bit to help you get into position. This is dysfunction.
Identifying Hip Impingement Causes and Solutions
Identifying Hip Impingement Causes and Solutions
If you Google "hip pain at the bottom of the squat," you're going to be left more than a little confused about what the cause might be and what you should do. Let's sort through all of the information and advice.
10 Big Lessons 2016 Taught Me
10 Big Lessons 2016 Taught Me
Your numbers will be subject to so many external variables, but your character is forged by intentionality.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Compilation Series — Dani Overcash and Casey Williams
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Compilation Series — Dani Overcash and Casey...
In these six videos, Dani identifies and helps resolve Casey's hip issues while squatting. How can Casey's powerlifting setback help you?
I Can’t Touch A Barbell Without Hurting: Train or Take Time Off?
I Can’t Touch A Barbell Without Hurting: Train or Take Time Off?
If you try to ignore an injury, you're going to end up in one of two places: with compensated strength or accumulated injury. Is continuing to train, but simply using lighter weights, the answer?
Rebuild the Squat from the Bottom Up: Your Ankles May Be Shutting Off Your Glutes
Rebuild the Squat from the Bottom Up: Your Ankles May Be Shutting Off Yo...
If you've addressed pelvis position but your mobility, mechanics, or pain aren't changing, consider that your neurological reference center may need to shift. Shift it to your heels.
Impostor Syndrome — Identifying the Less Admirable
Impostor Syndrome — Identifying the Less Admirable
Training was so important to me. It covered my insecurity and kept me distracted from the ugliness that was brewing underneath.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — Bringing It All Together
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — ...
This is my favorite part of the whole series — you get to see how all of this comes together and how it can help YOU as a lifter.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — Shifting the Pelvis Back to Neutral
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — ...
We've worked on several components separately but this exercise brings them together: first getting into the left hip, then finding neutral, and then breathing and bracing while in this proper position.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — Glute Retraining
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — ...
We pulled him into his left hip in the previous exercise, while this correction is designed to help drive him “off” his right hip.
Training for Movement — 4 Easy Program Fixes
Training for Movement — 4 Easy Program Fixes
Having mobility issues? While direct work in the traditional sense will certainly help, so will continuing to train, if you plan correctly.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — Creating an Anchor Point
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — ...
The purpose of this exercise is to help you get into your left hip and improve how well the socket receives the ball.
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — The 90-90 Hip Lift
WATCH: Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash — ...
It took Casey a month just to get everything into position for this exercise. When you try it, you're going to be tempted to engage every muscle you have. Don't.
WATCH: Physical Therapy — Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams and Dani Overcash
WATCH: Physical Therapy — Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fix with Casey Williams a...
The last two years have been the most uncomfortable but also the most rewarding of my life. Part of this process was putting aside my ego to address some physical dysfunctions that were holding me back.
Are You and Your PT Compatible?
Are You and Your PT Compatible?
Beyond skill-set, a physical therapist's personal belief system, communication style, vision, and philosophy are just a few things you should consider when searching for the perfect match.
Boss of Bosses 3 — My First Meet Representing elitefts
Boss of Bosses 3 — My First Meet Representing elitefts
Representing this team is so much more than a logo or a brand. I didn’t perform the way that I wanted to on the platform, but sleep deprived and emotionally distracted, I can say I still represented.
IPA Mountain Madness — My First Single-Ply Meet
IPA Mountain Madness — My First Single-Ply Meet
After three injuries in a half a year, I was pissed. I was depressed. I was dumbfounded. But I found my way back, hitting a PR total for my first single-ply meet.
5 Keys to Fixing Your Hip
5 Keys to Fixing Your Hip
Three days before my heaviest deadlift of the meet training program and I couldn't even bend down to grab the bar. Here are the techniques I used to mitigate my issues and make it to Boss of Bosses 3.
Troubleshooting Knee Pain While Squatting
Troubleshooting Knee Pain While Squatting
Although it’s hard to generalize knee pain, here are several things I commonly see in a clinical setting. You can attack these issues in a number of ways.
5 Barriers: Why You're Having A Bad Experience with PT
5 Barriers: Why You're Having A Bad Experience with PT
Get the most out of working with your rehab expert so you can move better with less pain.
How Can I Get Stronger?
How Can I Get Stronger?
Whether you're healthy or coming back from injury, try incorporating these things to increase force production and longevity.
Motor Patterning and PRI — Finding Solutions to Hip Shift and Dysfunctional Movement
Motor Patterning and PRI — Finding Solutions to Hip Shift and Dysfunctio...
Using a number of methods, here’s a look at what I did to correct a host of problems hindering my performance and health.
Women and Imposter Syndrome
Women and Imposter Syndrome
The more I reflect, I realize how much I have permitted this fear to dictate to the extent to which I engage in certain opportunities or cultivate a niche for myself as an educated, strong ass woman who wants to get you healthy.
THREE DAYS LEFT — Win 12 Weeks of Free Online Training from Team Elitefts
THREE DAYS LEFT — Win 12 Weeks of Free Online Training from Team Elitefts
Participating coaches include; Swede Burns, Clint Darden, Julia Ladewski, Brandon Smitley, Joe Schillero, Ken Skip Hill, Zach Gallmann, Matt Ladewski, Shane Church, David Allen, Casey Williams, Dani Overcash, David Kirschen, Sheri Whethem, Ken Whethem.
Assessing Your Dysfunction — Finding Why
Assessing Your Dysfunction — Finding Why
Still searching for your quick fix? You won't find it anytime soon.
Dominance in Movement: Controlling the Dimmer Switch
Dominance in Movement: Controlling the Dimmer Switch
Remember: you don’t do “life” under a bar.
Raw Unity Meet 9: Coaching, 5thSet, World Record Controversy
Raw Unity Meet 9: Coaching, 5thSet, World Record Controversy
Another year of RUM, another weekend of 5thSet lifters kicking ass on the platform. Thank God no one I work with broke a world record, right?
Dominance in Movement: Finding the Dimmer Switch
Dominance in Movement: Finding the Dimmer Switch
How many of you feel “broken” or immobile when you’re not under a bar? How are you accommodating?
Rehab and Training: Forward-Thinking Prevention, Retrospective-Thinking Treatment
Rehab and Training: Forward-Thinking Prevention, Retrospective-Thinking ...
You're always going to be in one of the three phases of training. Your goal is to find a way to stay in Phase One as long as possible while avoiding Phase Three at all costs.
Conquering the Fear of Failure: Voices of Influence
Conquering the Fear of Failure: Voices of Influence
The strength you acquire from this sport isn't just going to be physical. The words you speak can empower or cripple those around you — choose them wisely.
Correcting Asymmetries: Unilateral Work Versus Integration
Correcting Asymmetries: Unilateral Work Versus Integration
What may today seem like a nagging injury you can muster through, may turn a would-be long-term powerlifting career into a short-lived experience on the platform.
5thSet: Swede’s Jedi Mind Trick
5thSet: Swede’s Jedi Mind Trick
You can expect a good program to make you stronger. What I didn't expect was a program to overhaul my neural network and solve every training problem I encountered.
My First Trip to elitefts and Talking with Dave Tate
My First Trip to elitefts and Talking with Dave Tate
My mentor and I traveled to London, Ohio and saw first-hand that some people truly never stop learning.

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