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 …

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Squat technique: Maximising Glute drive

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In the opinion of many titans in the strength and conditioning field, the barbell back squat is the single most beneficial of the compound movements for athletic development. It’s application can have significant benefits for the development of relative & maximal strength, hypertrophy and rate of force (speed, power). In this short article, I will be discussing some technical details …

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Bench Press Technique: Foot placement and floor drive

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One misconception about the bench press which I continually come across is that the bench press is a chest exercise. While it is true, the chest is the region of the body which is home to a prime mover muscle group of the bench press movement (the pectorals), I would argue that the bench press when performed optimally is a …

Which kind of squat is suitable for the fight athlete?

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I have heard many convincing arguments over the years about who should be doing which kind of squat to which depth, with which degree of knee progression over the foot etc. The proponents of each kind of squat methodology can tend to fiercely defend their position, with little concern for alternative and sometimes more effective ways of doing things. As …

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Orthopaedic profiling for fight athletes

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The subject of education for strength coaches can be a polarising one. On the one hand, you will find a bunch of coaches who are hungry to learn, grow, develop their knowledge and skill-set to become the very best they can at their craft. On the other hand you will find a bunch of less passionate individuals who, for one …