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- DR. JOEL SEEDMAN -

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The Best Ways to Perform Weighted Pullups

Most individuals underestimate the importance of lower body positioning during pullups and chin-ups. See why the dorsiflexion and knee flexion loading exercises have 10 key benefits that will ensure hypertrophy, body mechanics, and strength are maximized. (Read More →)


Table Top Row | The Ultimate Row Technique Fix

The tabletop row is a simple yet highly effective training tool for improving rowing technique, posture, and shoulder mechanics. Learn about all the benefits as well as how to properly perform this unique exercise. (Read More →)


Quadruped Bird Dog Rows Benefits & Variations

The quadruped bird dog bench row is one of Dr. Seedman's go-to rowing variations for teaching an athlete how to dial in their horizontal pulling technique. Learn about the benefits of this unique exercise as well as how to perform it. (Read More →)


The Worst Way to Perform Deadlifts & RDL's

Yes, everyone should deadlift, but one variation should be avoided, specifically the straight leg RDL. Learn why and how to ensure you're performing RDL's correctly. (Read More →)


10 Unique Rowing Movements To Fix Your Body Mechanics

For upper back strength and size, nothing beats rowing exercises. Sadly, most lifters do them improperly. Here are 10 unique rowing variations that not only crush your back (in a good way), but also eliminate form issues by forcing you to use proper mechanics. (Read More →)


Lunges & Split Squats: You're Doing them Wrong

The lunge or split squat has been one of the most popular lower body exercises for decades. The problem? Most people, including many "expert trainers," do them improperly, negating the benefits. Here are 22 cues to master your lunge. (Read More →)


Quadruped (Bird Dog) Benefits & 9 Challenging Variations

The Bird Dog exercise is a highly effective movement for reinforcing proper spinal alignment and core recruitment. In this detailed article, Dr. Seedman teaches the proper technique, highlights key benefits, and illustrates 8 challenging variations. (Read More →)


Parallel versus ATG Squats | Part I

If you're human and your goal is maximal performance, strength, and muscle growth, then parallel squats are far superior to ass-to-grass (ATG) squats. Learn why parallel trump ATG squats in Part I of this exclusive article.  (Read More →)


Eccentric Isometrics | The Ultimate Way to Strength Train (Part I)

In this exclusive article, Dr. Seedman discusses his groundbreaking research on eccentric isometrics. If you're looking to maximize athletic performance, strength, hypertrophy, mobility, stability, speed, and overall muscle function nothing is more effective than eccentric isometrics. (Read More →)


Eccentric Isometrics | The Ultimate Way to Strength Train (Part II)

In Part II of his groundbreaking research on eccentric isometrics, Dr. Seedman dives even deeper by exploring movement patterns, exercises, and key benefits of implementing eccentric isometrics into your training protocols. (Read More →)


6 Push-Up Variations You've Never Tried

These six push-up variations do it all. They can build your chest, strengthen your core, and even boost your bench press. Check 'em out. (Read More →)


Tip: Correct Your Mechanics for Pain-Free Squats

Does it hurt to squat, and not in a good way? Use this training method to fix your technique. (Read More →)


Earthquake Training: 6 Unstable Overhead Lifts for Quick Gains

These exercise variations will tax you, frustrate you, and cause you great discomfort. But most of all, they'll make you a far better lifter. Why? They all involve the use of unstable or "oscillating" objects. (Read More →)


Tip: Close Your Eyes On This Lift

Recruit more motor units, improve form, and build more strength...by shutting your eyes? Yep, here's how it works. (Read More →)


6 Lifts to Fix Your Overhead Press

Dr. Seedman shows you how to improve your technique, wipe out deficiencies, and get more weight over your head than ever before. (Read More →)


Proper Upper Body Mechanics on Barbell Squats

In this interview, Dr. Seedman explains the connection between proper spine and shoulders mechanics and optimal hip mechanics during squats. (Read More →)


The Best Way to Squat? Go Parallel

Part 2 of Dr. Seedman's popular and controversial squat series builds on his argument for the superiority of parallel squats. Here, he focuses on the mechanics, cues, and activation tips needed to perform a proper parallel squat. (Read More →)


Low Back Pain: Treat and Prevent It

With 18 different exercises, training tips, and several workout programs designed by Dr. Seedman, this article is a must read for anyone experiencing back issues. (Read More →)


Improve Strength and Muscle Function with Bottoms-Up Exercises

Dr. Seedman shows you how to use bottoms-up training with kettlebells, plates, and dumbbells, and how these exercises immediately improve strength, stability, and mechanics. He also discusses how he uses these with his pro and collegiate athletes to prevent and overcome injuries. (Read More →)


Front Squats for Performance Benefits

In explaining how front squats are an excellent squat variation for improving technique, mobility, and muscle function for athletes, Eric Bach consults Dr. Seedman, Dr. John Rusin and others. (Read More →)


Parallel Squats Trump 'ATG'

Part 1 of Dr. Seedman's popular and controversial squat series explains why the parallel squat is ideal for most athletes and examines why the 'ass-to-grass' squat produces dysfunction and flawed movement mechanics. (Read More →)


Dips: You're Doing Them Wrong

Since most athletes and trainees butcher dips, Dr. Seedman analyzes how to perform dips so they are healthy on the jointsand produce incredible strength, size, and muscularity throughout the entire upper body. (Read More →)


The Importance of Hip and Glute Function

From athletes to the elderly, when it comes to proper hip function, the glutes muscles must fire correctly.  In this interview with STACK, Dr. Seedman discusses how to self-examine, and improve, hip function. (Read More →)


Squat-Stance Deadlifts for Strength and Size

Dr. Seedman tweaked legendary powerlifter Ed Coan’s sumo deadlift to make it more joint friendly and conducive for maximizing strength, hypertrophy, and performance for athletes and general populations alike. (Read More →)


12 Tests of Strength & Muscle Function

Dr, Seedman shares and explains the tests he developed to assess the his clients' functional strength. Tests include measures of lower- and upper-body strength, stability, mobility, foot and ankle activation, and movement mechanics. (Read More →)


Overhead Presses for Size, Strength & Performance

Dr. Seedman shares several of his proprietary movements--eyes-closed eccentric isometrics, bottoms-up plate presses, and kneeling-on-bench presses--that enhance shoulder strength and hypertrophy and improve biomechanics. (Read More →)


Negative Accentuated Powerlifting for Size and Strength

Utilizing Power Rack Eccentric Potentiation (PREP) Protocol to safely perform eccentric accentuated repetitions on powerlifts increases muscle mass, strength, and power. (Read More →)


Plates Work Better Than Kettlebells

If you don't have access to kettlebells, use iron grip style plates to perform swings, cleans, and snatches. These provide many unique benefits beyond which traditional kettle bells can produce. (Read More →)

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