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Eric Cressey  President of @CresseySportsPerformance & performance coach to 100+ pro baseball players. Free blog/newsletter at EricCressey.com.

Any time you’re unracking a weight, make sure you own the bar. The load needs to be positioned inside your base of support, not out in front of it.

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Foot position when unracking a bar matters for both safety and performance. A proper unrack can help save energy and put you in a better position from the get-go. A lazy unrack creates a lazy set.
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On the left, the feet are positioned too far behind the bar and the unrack is going to put a lot of stress on the low back.
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In the middle, the stance is split, which is going to promote an uneven walkout.
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On the right, the feet are directly under the bar and the momentum of the unrack will be straight up and down.
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In a good unrack, the power rack should obstruct your view of most of the athlete's foot from a side view.
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*Success is getting there, but excellence is staying there. *
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Congrats to @ckluber28 and @maxscherzer31 on another year of 200+ innings and 200+ strikeouts. This is Max’s sixth straight year over these benchmarks, and Corey’s fifth straight. Meanwhile, no other #mlb pitcher has an active 200IP streak greater than three years. Hard work rewarded, fellas. 👏💪#cspfamily

I’ve said all the time that the hips deliver the hand in the pitching delivery. Before you tinker with arm action, how the ball comes out of the glove, the glove side, or pitch grips, you always have to look at how the back hip is loaded (to provide direction) and how good the proximal stability is. The picture on top was taken one pitch before the one on the bottom. 👇
The only cue I offered to him was an intentional overcorrection: get into your hip and stay there for an uncomfortably long time. This can be trained in countless ways in the gym to build the patterning to make it second nature - and eventually synced up with the tempo the athlete desires. #cspfamily

The back hip should provide direction, not just distance. Important stuff for rotational athletes, especially pitchers.

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It's important to load the back hip on any rotational med ball throw.
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On the left, @csp_pitching demonstrates a position where he loads his back quad instead of his back hip. You'll notice his knee drift forward and his torso stay too upright.
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On the right, he loads his back hip, creating a better shin and torso angle. This position will allow you to rotate more efficiently and throw the med ball significantly harder.
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@annacressey knocks out a set of “weighted” pull-ups.*
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*And by “weighted,” we mean that we’re expecting a new addition to the Cressey family - another baby girl - in March. 👶💪#cspfamily

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Tonight at midnight is the end of the $50 off sale on my new resource, Sturdy Shoulder Solutions. Swipe left to see what some “in the know” folks have to say about it - and learn more at www.SturdyShoulders.com. #cspfamily

End of the week, empty gym thought: if there is a secret (and there probably isn’t), it’s synergy. The pieces - assessment, programming, environment, coaches, nutrition, sleep, and effort - all need to fit together. The challenge is that synergy is always a moving target, as each of these facets evolves each year and different people enter the equation. Good people with an insatiable desire to improve are the tie that binds it all together. Proud to work with some really great people at @cresseysportsperformance. #cspfamily

I evaluated this guy a few weeks ago at @cresseysportsperformance and his chief complaint was crazy tightness in his upper traps and chronic anterior shoulder discomfort. What do you see?
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Brainstorm for a bit and then head to www.EricCressey.com/blog for my thoughts.

If you've followed me for any length of time, you've probably heard me rave about the work of psychologists Chip and Dan Heath, who've published several awesome books on human behavior. One of those books, "Switch," delves into the concept of change and how various factors impact whether people succeed or fail with respect to making changes to their lives. Obviously, this has huge impacts in the fitness industry as we work to help clients to better exercise and nutrition behaviors.
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One of the Heath brothers' important messages in the book is that it's much easier to change the situation than it is to change the person. People will like to train more when they're surrounded by people they like and they're listening to the music that suits their tastes. And, they'll eat better if they get junk food out of the house, or plan dinners out with friends who are also striving to eat healthy. And, my three-year-old daughters will eat their raspberries if they first get to wear them on their fingertips. The taste and caloric content doesn't change, but the experience does.
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Eventually, when the situations have been "optimized" for long enough to get a bunch of exposures, the positive behaviors can become habit. What have you done to "change the situation" with your clients/athletes? #cspfamily

Here's another #SturdyShoulderSolutions sale inspired post. The Modified Pigeon with 1-arm Child's Pose is another new drill we've busted out in our warm-ups to get a little more bang for our buck. It's particularly useful for pitchers, who need to get into their lead hip (adduction) while getting lat length, scapular upward rotation, and apical expansion on the throwing shoulder. 💪
A few big coaching points:

1️⃣You should feel a stretch in the outside of the front hip, but nothing in the knee (particularly the inner part). If you're feeling it in your knee, you've probably set up incorrectly.

2️⃣Think of a stretch along the entire outside of the torso and arm: quadratus lumborum, lats, and long head of triceps, especially. If you pinch at the front/top of the shoulder, ease off it a bit.

3️⃣Breath in through the nose and exhale fully through the mouth as if you're blowing out birthday candles (and hold for a count of three before inhaling again). You should feel your abs turn on as the shoulder stretch increases. Do five breaths.
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Learn more about how I assess, program, and coach at the shoulder girdle - and save $50 through Sunday - at www.SturdyShoulders.com #cspfamily

I received a question on a recent Instagram Q&A that I thought deserved a lengthier response - so here’s a three-part one. 👇
You get plenty of Internal Rotation training when you blast the lats with chin-ups and pecs with presses, but does that cover all that you need? Maybe. 🤔
Watch this and swipe right to continue the lesson. And be sure to check out Sturdy Shoulder Solutions at $50 off this week only. Link in bio. #cspfamily

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