Seated Cable Iceman – Exercise Tutorial

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In the sixth instalment of our upper body stabilisation series of exercise tutorials, we introduce to you the seated cable iceman. This is another uncommon exercise, yet it is very effective at isolating scapula retraction, thoracic extension, as well as activating and engaging the latissimus dorsi muscles. Due to the isolation of the shoulder extension movement pattern, lighter loads must …

Posterior Flye to Scarecrow Press – Exercise Tutorial

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In the fifth instalment of our upper body stabilisation series of exercise tutorials, we feature the Posterior Flye to Scarecrow press. This is not a very common exercise, and I was first exposed to it by Jim “Smitty” Smith from Diesel SC. As it is a more advanced remedial exercise, you might consider employing this lift during the later phases …

Powell Raise – Exercise Tutorial

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In the fourth instalment of our upper body stabilisation series of exercise tutorials, we present to you the Powell Raise. Depending on your muscular imbalances, structural and postural considerations, as well as rehab/prehab requirements, the Powell raise is generally used in structural balance phases of training. By primarily targeting the posterior deltoids, scapulae retractors and the external rotator musculature the …

#10 Braulio Estima – The Unknown Strength Podcast

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[ATTENTION ALL BJJ NERDS] If you only listen to one podcast this year, make sure it is this one!! This latest episode of The Unknown Strength Podcast is an absolute treat for the JiuJitsu fanatic, featuring none other than the legendary Brazilian JiuJitsu World Champion, Braulio Estima. Your host Brenton discussed with Braulio his toughest rivals in the sport, why …

Cable Rope Facepull – Exercise Tutorial

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– Here it is, the third installment of our upper body stabilisation series of exercise tutorials. In this installment, we highlight our version of the Cable Rope Facepull. Our version of the Cable Rope Facepull is an exercise designed to strengthen both the scapulae retractors and the external rotators. There are numerous benefits for fighters in strengthening these small muscle …

Cable External Rotation – Exercise Tutorial

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– In the second instalment of our upper body stabilisation series of exercise tutorials, we have the Cable External Rotation. This exercise is a great option for both strikers and grapplers, to build strength, stability and resilience through the shoulder to withstand the punishment inflicted by the combat sports. One of the specific benefits for grapplers and MMA fighters is …

The Trap 3 Raise – exercise tutorial

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– As part of our new exercise tutorial series, we have decided to share our upper body stabilisation exercise protocols. First up, the DB Trap 3 raise! The Trap 3 Raise is an excellent exercise, particularly in a structural balance training phase, for strengthening the scapula retractors and building stability through the the shoulder joint. The key here is to …

#09 James Cant - The Unknown Strength Podcast

#09 James Cant – The Unknown Strength Podcast

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On the latest episode of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Episode #09, Brenton Mc and Macgregor McNair sat down with James Cant – Australia’s first ever IFBB Men’s Physique Pro. Ever diligent in his acquisition of knowledge, James Cant IFBB Pro is a Medical Scientist, a Pro Trainer, Founder of JamesCantFitness.com and the The JCF Shred Community. He shares with us …

Eric Falstrault - The Unknown Strength Podcast

#08 Eric Falstrault – The Unknown Strength Podcast

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In episode #8 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Mac couldn’t convince co-hosts Brenton or Steve to be available at 4am for the interview recording of this episode – Mac is flying solo on this one. Read below for the full transcription of this episode. The guest for this episode is Eric Falstrault, a lifelong martial artist, most of all a …

#07 Stephane Cazeault – The Unknown Strength Podcast

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In this, episode 7 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, your host Macgregor McNair sits down with world renowned strength and conditioning coach and author, Stephane Cazeault. Stephane is the former director of strength and conditioning for the Poliquin Group, the world’s leading provider of continuing education for Strength coaches. Since his time at Poliquin Group, Stephane has founded his very …