Mobility | MAX SHANK Training Programs
October 21, 2016

Are Backbends Bad for You?

Backbend. Full Wheel. Bridge. Upward Facing Bow. You saw someone do it on Instagram, now you’re gonna try. Not so fast, Sparky. Whatever you want to call it, the backbend is a fantastic exercise–IF you do the work to prepare for it. The main problem lies at the end of the previous sentence. Most people think […]
September 15, 2016

Hip and Core Trifecta

One of the most common sources of problems is the lower back. For years coaches have been using hip flexor mobilizations and various active hip extension work combined with core activation as the holy trinity of improving the chance of a solid training session, and lowering the chance of sore backs afterward. Now Lets Up the […]
August 11, 2016

The Missing Link in Fitness Programs

When I first got into coaching over 10 years ago, a personal training session looked like this: Warm Up: 5 minutes on treadmill 3 sets: Bench Press Row Leg Press Treadmill 2 min (for cardio, of course) 3 sets: Curls Triceps Leg Extension Treadmill 2 min The first thing I see is, damn that’s a lot of […]
April 21, 2016
Sling Systems

Kickstand Scapular Row Circles

I want to show you guys a fantastic exercise that kills about 14 birds with 3 stones. It’s called Kickstand Scapular Row Circles. What it improves: -Strength of the scapular retractors through full scapulothoracic motion (shoulder blade gliding on your ribcage) -Core coordination cross body from upper to lower (this is important because your body is […]
March 17, 2016
Rib Flare

Hollow Pull Apart/Pullover Combo

If you’re familiar with Simple Shoulder Solution, you understand that healthy shoulder function is dependent on far more than the ball and socket joint on the end. Core/Shoulder Relationship Core function is hugely important for a couple of reasons: 1. You must have a strong enough core to stabilize and move the torso–otherwise the neighboring muscles […]
February 19, 2016

ONE Move to Mobilize the Wrists, Shoulders, and Thoracic Spine

Today’s post is all about an awesome combination movement that addresses mobility in the wrists, shoulders and thoracic spine. Watch the video below – even if you don’t plan on reading the whole article, you should still do the damn move! Why it rocks: 1) It takes the shoulder back and forth from internal to external rotation 2) It takes the […]
February 4, 2016

The Biggest Shoulder Mobility Mistake (Part 3)

There is one move that stands a cut above others in terms of encouraging proper muscle activation and movement at the shoulder…the Bottom Up Kettlebell Press. Reasons why I love the Bottom Up Kettlebell Press: – Automatic core activation – Automatic rotator cuff activation – Automatic proper technique (vertical forearm) – Automatically prevents excessive shoulder shrugging […]
January 22, 2016

The Biggest Shoulder Mobility Mistake (Part 2)

Last week we discussed the order of operations required for addressing shoulder function—specifically the mobility component. If you didn’t read part one here are the highlights: 1) Learn to Breathe diaphragmatically 2) Teach your Core to function like a core 3) Mobilize the Thoracic Spine and Neck 4) Teach the Scapula to have mobility and stability […]
January 7, 2016
Shoulder Savers Article

The Biggest Shoulder Mobility Mistake (Part 1)

The Biggest Shoulder Mobility Mistake (Part 1) (Read Part 2 or Part 3 of this blog) The glenohumeral joint (ball and socket of shoulder) is the most mobile AND the most vulnerable joint in your ENTIRE BODY. This is a two-edged sword. On one hand, you are able to take your arm through an impressively wide range of motion. On […]