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Random Friday Thoughts: 1/16/09

Written on January 16, 2009 at 5:00 am, by Eric Cressey

No blog yesterday; things were kind of crazy around CP, and I did a 14-hour day that began with dropping Pete off at the airport at 6:15.  The good news is that it allowed me to stockpile some content for today’s random thoughts.

1.  For this week’s music selection, I got a little inspiration from one of Cressey Performance’s newest clients.  Here’s a little old-school flavor for you:

2. Speaking of that new client, I guess you could say that the cat is out of the bag.

The Guy I Love to Hate

Rumor has it that this guy can pitch a little bit.

3. Here is a great review of Maximum Strength.  I’ve been so busy lately that I actually forgot I’d published a book about six months ago and probably ought to mention it here and there!  Click here to pick up a copy.


4.  As I’ve written before, I’m not a fan of Vitamin Water – but I will say that I love article!

U.S. Group Sues Coke over Vitamin Water Health Claims

5.  Apparently, George the Lobster is the talk of my hometown (Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, ME).  They’re freeing this 140-year-old , 20-pound lobster on the beach up there this weekend.  It was a strategic move to release him in January, as it reduces the likelihood that George will be scared back into captivity by the socially-awkward males tourists on the beach in their lime green Speedos.

Oh, and on a semi-related note, I could eat an entire 20-pound lobster in one sitting and then be hungry 15 minutes later.  Lobster alone never fills me up; I’m a surf and turf guy.  Us Maine guys are spoiled brats like that.

6. For those who missed it, I had an article published late last week at T-Nation; check it out:

The Right Way to Stretch the Pecs

7. After a holiday hiatus, I got back on track with my newsletter this week.  Newsletter 138 focuses on the misunderstood role of the rhomboids.

8. I got asked the other day why I cue folks to keep the chin tucked during squatting and deadlifting variations. Shoulder geek that I am – and even though it’s just the tip of the iceberg – I gave the following perspective:

Cervical extension = levator scapulae shortness
Levator scapulae shortness = scapular anterior tilt and insufficient upward rotation
Scapular anterior tilt and reduced upward rotation = unhappy shoulder

Additionally, you’ve got the extensor reflex – which Mike Robertson covered quite nicely HERE.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

2 Responses to “Random Friday Thoughts: 1/16/09”

  1. Strummer Says:

    About the extensor reflex.

    “because when they are stretched more completely they can contract more completely and generate more power over a longer ”

    In the bottom of a squat, shouldnt you aim for holding a hyperextended spine since most people will mess up, going into posterior tilt? Cant really see how a hyperextended spine will lead to less stretch/contraction of the glutes and hams in the bottom position? 🙂

  2. Jess Says:

    There’s an excellent exercise called the two hand flag press.I use this to practice retraction & depression of the scapula while pressing.

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