Flexible AND Strong

Flexibility is our ability to put ourselves passively into an extended range of motion. Imagine standing and using your arm to lift one leg up into flexion as high as possible. Mobility is your ability to control your ranges of motion, so now imagine letting go of...
Are You in Control?

Are You in Control?

This past weekend I attended a 2 day seminar to become certified in the Functional Range Conditioning system developed by Dr. Spina. The FRC system is different than most others in it’s belief that it’s not necessarily the muscle itself that is related to the...
Hollow, Arch

Hollow, Arch

Last week we discussed the importance of the arch position when kipping pull-ups. This week we’re going to dive into the details of the other half, the hollow. In general, I find that this one gets a lot more attention and focus than the other, because it’s where the...
Arch, Hollow

Arch, Hollow

I learned at the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar that gymnastics is about making shapes. We spend a lot of time at Roots drilling the proper shapes of a kip, so by now you know that the kip consists of 2 shapes; the hollow and the arch. To kip is just to move from one...
The Grip Talk

The Grip Talk

Want to up your pull-up game with one simple fix? Wrap your thumb around the bar. That’s right, wrapping your thumb helps to create a stable shoulder position to pull from, it’s a stronger grip and it has loads more transferability. Of course it’s going to feel...