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Easily one of the most difficult movements to create is “hip projection” during the first step. BUT when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing - powerful and fluid Hip projection is when the hips move forward. Take a look below at what I'm talking about.  FORWARD! I stress forward because that's the direction we want to go. Right?? Well, far too often athletes stand up and then go forward or they step back first. Most of this is due to the starting position and the body needing to create better angles in order to actually run. It is not an...

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“You need to take big steps and reach!” NOOO I’m sure we have all been told this. And maybe this could help some, but most of the time it will result in a slower start. Foot placement is HUGE in order to accelerate quickly. I can’t stress that enough. So many athletes put themselves in a poor position due to their foot placement. What do I mean by “foot placement.” I’m glad you asked.  During the initial movement, the back leg will make come forward. Eventually that leg will start to come back down towards the ground. When I say “foot...

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Almost every athlete that sits in my office to lay out their goals has “speed” listed somewhere. Makes sense.  In most cases the faster you are, the better you’ll play at your respective sport. Then the athlete will tell me all about what they have been doing to work on getting faster. This usually consists of just endless wind sprints with no direction in mind. Yes, I am happy they are doing something because for every athlete out there training alone, there are 100 playing video games and drinking soda.  But, I want to maximize that athlete's energy. So, let’s dive...

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Like many strength coaches who work with field athletes, I do my best to implement a great deal of single leg (SL) exercises. In most cases, I prefer them over bilateral (2 legged) exercises for a few reasons. 3 benefits of SL exercises: Asymmetry: Oftentimes athletes favor one leg over the other. Specificity: In most situations athletes are using one leg in sport (sprint, bound, kick) Risk: Most SL exercises don’t require as much flexibility as bilateral exercises like a squat. Also, these exercises tend to not get as loaded with weight as a traditional squat or deadlift. So, hopefully the risk...

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Each time I coach golfers, I start out by asking, “What is your biggest limiting factor in your golf game?” In all of my years, not one person has ever mentioned their physical ability being their deficit and unknowingly, it most likely is a major disadvantage in their game. So, they are going to the range trying to recreate that slice fixer tip they saw on youtube, but really should be working on hip mobility and that just may be the fix.   In this article, I will walk you through two screenings you can do on yourself. Some of...

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