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Last week while lifting in the barn, Val started doing a few warm up sets of deadlifts. She started light, but something was off. She felt a tweak in her lat/back area. Nothing serious, but she didn’t feel great. Despite all her planning and prep for a deadlift focused workout, she was forced to make
In December of 2013, I attended the Pendlay Weightlifting Certification. It was a great experience, learning from some of the athletes and coaches on one of the top teams in America. One of the biggest takeaways was the teaching progression that Team Muscledriver USA uses. Coach Pendlay’s teaching is actually pretty simple – there are
My eyes bleed when I walk into a commercial gym for many, many, many reasons. But one that stands out more than most lately is the complete butchering of one of my favorite exercises, the kettlebell swing. Most people have the greatest of intentions – the swing looks like a fun alternative to the treadmill.
Friday, 26 June 2015 by Rob Mulligan
Happy Friday! Hopefully, everyone had a good week and you are gearing up for some awesome weekend plans. Summer is starting to finally hit its stride, and I have a big week of travelling ahead of me, culminating in my brother-in-law’s wedding in Portland, Oregon. Exciting stuff, since I never have been in another US
I have always wanted to read more books. I used to commute by train, and I finished a book every couple of weeks. Now, I commute solely by car, and my reading has plummeted. My wife suggested I try Audible, which is the biggest audio book subscription service today (think Spotify, but for books). So
Tagged under: outliers
I am going to start chiming in with some of my random thoughts and opinions (to the surprise of no one who knows me, I have strong opinions). You may even get a few rants from time to time! Here’s what I’m thinking now: Monday Musings 1. Despite the many options for conditioning/cardio that are
Strength matters. If your goal is to be a better athlete, you should try to get stronger. Same goes if you are just trying to be good at life. But strength takes time! It takes effort, usually lots of it, over many sessions to push past your current levels. What if I told you that
Well, I have been a busy guy. Since launching Mulligan Fitness in 2013, I got engaged and married, coached two high school football seasons, moved into an apartment, bought a house, ran bootcamps and trained people both in person and online. But my latest project has been in the works long before any of those events. This project
If you lift long enough, you’ll probably encounter some sort of shoulder pain. There are a million different reasons why you might feel a pinch when pressing overhead, feel tight and restricted while swinging your arms around or just feel weak in certain shoulder positions. Each situation is different, and there’s no advice I could give on this
Sunday, 20 July 2014 by Rob Mulligan
When I see athletes fail on clean attempts, their first instinct is to blame hip mobility or their speed under the bar (and of course, those are both important.) But one thing that is always overlooked is start position. It seems like the easiest part of the lift. Pick the bar off the floor.