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Basic Parallette Bar Skills

Here are four of my favorite parallette bar skills to build shoulder and core strength. You’ll see dips, decline push-ups, a tuck hold, and a tuck planche.  The tuck planche is seriously difficult, as you’ll notice by how short I … Continue reading

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Twisting Shoulder Press Motions

Maybe I’m just lazy, but there seems to be something special about being able to do one exercise that simultaneously works two different body parts.  Watch the video posted above to see a set of movement complexes that target your … Continue reading

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Hip and Core Strength for Trail Running

The sun is starting to peek out again here in the Pacific Northwest – that means it’s time to start hitting the trails hard.  To avoid injury when bounding up and down the hills that surround our part of the … Continue reading

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Parkour Conditioning: High Bar/Single Bar Dip

I love this movement: the high bar or “single bar” dip.  It’s like doing the top part of a muscle-up or wall run, where you lift your chest from the edge of the bar or wall, and then extend to … Continue reading

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Kneeling Get-up Variations

The kneeling get-up is an awesome body-weight exercise for strengthening your quad and glute musculature.  Think of it as the top half of a Turkish Get-up; rather than dropping all the way to a reclined position, you just stop with … Continue reading

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Grip Strength: Bouldering and Parkour

In my quest to improve at both bouldering and parkour over the last few months, I’ve run into the problem of my forearms giving out before my shoulders or biceps, when working on hanging skills. It’s obvious that to gain … Continue reading

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Fun with my new weight vest: rings, parallettes, & plyo-box

Here’s a quick video I threw together out in the garage, prior to Valentine’s dinner tonight.  I had just picked up a new 16 lb weight vest and wanted to see what it was like to workout with.  I submitted … Continue reading

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MMA and Parkour Strengthening: Get Upside-down

Parkour and mixed martial arts (MMA) are two sports in which you can often find your body positioned in a variety of intense and unplanned-for postures.  To prepare as much as possible, it’s important to search out and perform exercises … Continue reading

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Explosive Leg Strength for Skiing, Snowboarding and Parkour

Whether you’re popping off a jump, sucking up the moguls, or compressing from a big leap, you need to have solid leg strength to snowboard, ski or do parkour.  Of course, skill training is critical in terms of learning safe … Continue reading

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Dive-bomber Push-up Variations

In case you hadn’t found out already, dive-bomber push-ups are pretty brutal! You start in a piked “downward dog” position, drop to your chest, press up to an “upward dog”, and then reverse it to go back to the starting … Continue reading

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