Anatomy For Athletes – Part 9 – Shoulder Muscles

Anatomy For Athletes - Shoulders

In Parts 1 through 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I described the primary functions, training considerations and exercises for each of the lower body muscle groups.  In Parts 6, 7 and 8 I discussed the abdominal, intrinsic back muscles, and upper back muscles. In this post I’ll cover the functional anatomy of the deltoid and…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 8 – Upper Back Muscles

Upper Back Muscles

In Parts 1 through 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I described the primary functions, training considerations and exercises for each of the lower body muscle groups.  In Parts 6 and 7 I discussed the abdominal and intrinsic back muscles. In this post I’ll cover the major muscle groups of the upper back —…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 7 – Intrinsic Back Muscles

In Parts 1, 2 and 5 of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series I discussed the importance of developing glute, hamstring and calf strength. What do the glutes, hams, and calves have in the common with the muscles we’ll discuss today?  They’re part of the posterior chain. A strong posterior chain is important for athletic performance,…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 6 – Abdominal Muscles

Anatomy For Athletes - Abdominals

This is the first upper body functional anatomy post of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series.  Check out parts 1 through 5 to learn the key functions, training considerations, and exercises for the glutes, hamstrings, quads, adductors, and calves. Functional Anatomy of the Abdominal Muscles The abdominal wall consists of four muscles – rectus abdominis, external obliques,…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 5 – The Lower Leg

Anatomy For Athletes - Lower Leg

This post will complete the lower body portion of the Anatomy For Athletes Mini-Series.  Check out parts 1 through 4 to learn the key functions, training considerations, and exercise examples for the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and adductors. Functional Anatomy Of The Lower Leg The primary lower leg muscles are the gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior.…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 4 – The Adductors

Anatomy For Athletes-Adductors

If you’ve read my last three posts, you’re probably starting to develop a pretty decent grasp on lower body functional anatomy.  Together with parts 1, 2 and 3, this article and the next will complete the lower body portion of my Anatomy For Athletes Miniseries. …Let’s dive right into it… Functional Anatomy of the Adductors…

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Anatomy For Athletes-Part 3-The Quadriceps

Anatomy For Athletes - Quadriceps

In Parts 1 and 2 of the Anatomy For Athletes Miniseries, I gave a brief introduction and discussed the key functions of the glutes and hamstrings. If you read those posts, you might recall me mentioning that the glutes and hamstrings are often lengthened and inhibited, especially in people that spend a large part of…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 2 – The Hamstrings

Anatomy For Athletes - The Hamstrings

In Part 1 of the Anatomy For Athletes miniseries, I gave a short introduction that outlined some key key points about the miniseries.  If you haven’t read that yet, head over there quickly to check it out. Part 1 also summarizes the key functions of the glutes, how to train them, and examples of glute…

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Anatomy For Athletes – Part 1 – The Glutes

Anatomy For Athletes - The Glutes

If you plan on designing your own training programs, you should have at least a fundamental understanding of functional anatomy and training variable manipulation. A while back, I posted a series of articles that outlined the basics of program design.  In it, I discussed how to vary things like reps, sets, intensity, rest, etc. based…

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Nutrition Habits For A Lean, Athletic Body

nutrition habits for a lean athletic body

In today’s highly connected world where there’s new diets, nutrition plans, and eating philosophies emerging daily, putting together an effective nutrition plan can be super confusing. But I have news for you:  Healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Regardless of whether your goal is strength-,…

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