Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014: Celebrating Year 1 of The Hybrid Perspective!

It’s incredible to think that I have had the blog up and running for just over a year. Starting back from when I left National Congress in 2013 and launched the first post, I would have never imagined the site would take off like it has. I’ve had incredible opportunities come

Are Dips and "Skin The Cat" Type Stretches Dangerous For Female Gymnasts?

I’ve been brewing on this topic for over a year now, originally sparked one of Eric Cressey’s articles on the possible dangers of using dips with baseball players.  Reading that article and some other literature made me start to scratch my head as to why many female gymnasts do a ton of dip work for

Up Your Gymnast's Shoulder Game: Reverse Bear Crawls, Reverse Plank Slider Crawls, Wall Walk Ups

Overhead shoulder strength and stability needs to be an essential component of every gymnasts skill work. Gymnastics is really unique in the fact that it makes the upper body and arms function as closed chained, or weight-bearing, systems. Training handstands is super important, but progressive conditioning and overhead stability work

Screening Overhead Mobility in Gymnasts (Application of The JBJ Approach To Handstands Pt 3)

Last month I started writing about how I apply the Joint by Joint Theory proposed by Gray Cook/Mike Boyle into a basic gymnastics movement, the handstand. In Part I (find it by clicking here) of this article series I went over some background info, and talked about the key role of

Special Collaboration with Dave Picardy – "Gymnasts, Learn and Master The Turkish Get Up"

The Turkish Get Up (TGU) is a well known exercise in the performance and training world. It is a multi step exercise that requires the person doing it to balance mobility, stability, precision, and control at the same time across the entire body. I think many gymnasts and coaches would

Quick Overhead/Posture Pre-Hab for Gymnasts – Wall Angel Progressions

One of the common trends I see in a lot of gymnasts I work with are issues in their middle spine (thoracic spine) and shoulder blade. Many times the gymnast gets “wide back” and rounded forward chest, with the shoulder joints sitting forward/rotated in, and commonly the shoulder blade pops up or

Video Quick Tip #2: A Gymnast's "Shoulder Flexibility" Has Much More To It Than Just The Shoulder

The info and video in this post came about because I’m in the process of putting together a really cool 4 part article series about shoulder pain in gymnasts. Also, this week in the gym my boss was doing a flexibility circuit, and knowing that some of our girls have super flexible

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