Author: OPCF

Do You Squat Crooked? 2 Drills to Help Fix Your Hip Shift

Has anyone ever told you that you squat crooked? Have you ever taken a video of yourself squatting and noticed that you tend to shift to one side as you stand up? This is called a hip shift and can occur for several different reasons, such as mobility imbalances, strength deficiencies, and motor control issues. …
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Fixing Your Squat: The Knee Cave

How many times have you heard a coach yell, “Knees out!” while you are on your last rep of a heavy set of back squats? Or, have you ever glanced over at your buddy as he’s standing up a heavy clean and cringed because his knee caps are almost touching? If you’re a competitive athlete, …
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Running Mechanics 101: The 5 Basic Stages of Proper Running Form

As the weather is turning colder, gyms are opening their bay doors to let in the sunlight and let out athletes to run before winter. The increased volume of running can lead to various aches and pains such as shin splints, sore calves and hamstrings, etc., that weren’t prevalent during the colder months. As more …
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The Lats: What Are They, Where Are They, and Why Do We Need Them?

“Engage your lats!” or “Turn on your lats!” We’ve all heard these phrases uttered from the mouths of our beloved CrossFit coaches. It may seem like they shout about the lats a lot, but that’s because these muscles are extremely important for most movements in CrossFit. In order to become a more efficient and stronger …
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Core Stability v. Core Strength

How do you become one of the strongest squatters in the world? If you ask people this question, you will probably get several different answers, but how many people will give an answer that has to do with developing an athlete’s core muscles? If you are familiar with world champion powerlifter Blaine Sumner, then you …
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