shoulder pain

I wanted to give you a heads-up that this week, my good friend and grad school classmate Eric Cressey is featuring some awesome videos on how you can really learn how to customize your training programs and exercise selection to your own unique needs. I’ve known Eric for some time now and can attest to his knowledge of biomechanics and applying it to not get people stronger but also better and healthier.

Eric’s widely recognized as “The Shoulder Guy,” so it’s only fitting that this week of videos kicks off with a look at how you can probably benefit from shaking up your upper body workouts. I found the information to be really helpful and he shows some awesome ways to look at upper body pressing besides just bench presses. Here’s a link to check it out:

Shoulder Savers

I’m looking forward to the rest of the week’s videos, and I’m sure you will be, too, once you’ve watched this one.


This past week, I had the pleasure of reviewing Craig Liebenson’s new 3 DVDs.  These are a precursor to his Functional Training Handbook that will be coming out in early 2012.  The book is a must have as the line-up of co-authors is out of this world.  I had the privilege of being asked to contribute to this book and was floored by the request.  I’m very excited to be able to take a look at the final product when it comes out.

Back to the DVDs…Dr. Liebenson is one of the leading specialists when it comes to back pain and resolving this troublesome issue that so many people experience.  He has been published on numerous occasions as well as being asked to speak at a number of worldwide events.  He has a great blog that you can follow here.

His new DVDs are Core Stability Training DVD, Flexibility, Yoga Training and Ergonomic Postural Advice DVD, and Functional Performance DVD.  These 3 are quite different but similar at the same time.  All three give you insight in Dr. Liebenson’s thought process when it comes to restoring health, improving flexibility, improving posture and improving performance.  The exercises that Dr. Liebenson shows cover everything from breathing assessments, to core stability training and even plyometric training.  The progressions are well thought out and give the viewer exercises that they can include into their current clients and athletes programs immediately.  The best part of this DVD set is that Dr. Liebenson just doesn’t show you the exercises, but common errors, what to look for and teaches you why they should not be left out in your programs.

I recommend these to any athletic trainer, physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer looking to give those that they work with every opportunity to become better.

You can pick them up at the following links:

Functional Performance Training DVD

Core Stability DVD

Flexibility, Yoga Training, and Ergonomic Postural Advice DVD



Nick Tumminello is one creative guy.  He’s always thinking of great ways to change exercises and make them more efficient for our athletes and clients.  Today he shared some different ways to tweak the popular shoulder/scapular stability series, LYTP circuit.

I’ve personally used the stand up version as well as the one on the ball with my athletes but the band version is something I’m definitely going to have to add to my repertoire.

Check out what Nick’s got over at his site:

LYTP Shoulder Circuit – The 3 Best Ways to do it!