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LatsOn Location – New Schedule & Pricing

Hello Everyone!


As you may know there has been MANY changes recently….


– NEW address: 163 Sterling Avenue, Unit 143

– NEW name :

– class sizes limited to 6-8 people, extra times available to compensate.

– class duration is 45 minutes

 Schedule – LatsOn Schedule 2017
Pricing – Membership 2017

If you have been with us for any length of time you will have heard/experienced us saying this.

Not only are the ‘Lats’ a power house of stability and strength, they are involved in literally every movement you do.

What we do in the gym, becomes habit, showing up in everything physical we do outside the gym.

The point to take away is this; everything is better with Lats On!



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Posture check – with 1 simple exercise

Good Day Everyone!


So you think you have good posture?

If you really have good posture, then you should be able to complete this move no problem.




You might ask, “how does a shoulder mobility drill tell you anything about posture?”

Well consider this, what do the shoulder blades sit on top of and attached to?

The answer is the Thorax (rib cage and spine).

Now if your thorax is slightly flexed or hunched over – which is common when sitting all day, the way the shoulder blades sit on the thorax will also change, or denature.


‘Good Posture’ is predicated on ‘good’ breathing and ‘good’ abdominal/Trunk stabilizers (replace ‘good’ with ‘ideal’ or ‘appropriate’)

With appropriate abdominal wall and diaphragm activation, all the joints in your body will be more stabilized than they would be without it – if you are the type of person, like me, who cares about movement efficiency, you must dedicate a little time every day to the practice of respiratory control with and without abdominal tension .

the shoulder dislocate is a common movement prep exercise and can even be used as an assessment of shoulder control / function. As you will see it can also be used as an assessment for one’s posture.


Back to the dislocates,

Go and grab any straight stick that is only a couple ounces

stand with your feet together and grab the ends of the stick with a prone grip

while keeping arms straight and shoulders down, bring the dowel overhead and behind your back so the dowel is touching your butt like so:




Try to complete this exercise without the following compensations:

  • cervical / chin thrust


  • Thoracic flexion / looking down


  • Lumbar / low back extension


  • clicking, crunching or any other unnatural sound coming from your joints
  • the key to this is Grip tension and the reflex arch of stabilization it triggers

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The tighter the Grip, the more stable the system

If you are able to avoid these compensations – or at least counter-compensate – Then you have Good/Ideal/Appropriate posture.

This is because the relationship between shoulder mobility and the position of your spine go hand in hand.

You can only do this movement if you maintain trunk position because you need a base of support on which the shoulder blades can move.

Think you can Dislocate?

trying it again but this time while walking….

Next try Single Leg Dislocates or Marching Dislocates.

Still easy? – use an elastic band and add some tension.

Trying all possible variations with increase our movement competency or ability.

Further considerations include;

  1. Am I level? is the dowel level – are my shoulders level?
  2. Am I straight? are my arms and legs locked out  – Spine remains neutral.
  3. Am I using enough tension in: Glutes/Legs, Abs, Lats and Grip (suggestion: activate body in this exact sequence)
  4. Useful Cue: imagine expanding through the elbow OR reaching/’pushing’ – trying to keep the dowel as far away from the shoulder as possible, i.e. with tension.

You are now ready for a heavy training session

Test the dislocate throughout the training session to check and see if there are any adaptive posture changes after certain movements.


Feed back? let me hear it in the comments or email me :


All the best on your path to success

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Training, Breathing, Positioning and Sweating

Hello Friends,


Tips, Cues and a Program


TIPS # 1

  • Heavy eccentric quad training  / super set / heavy posterior chain
    Ex. Pistol /ss/ Good morning

    • Try this out and let me know how it feels in the comments below

TIPS # 2

“Count the first Rep”

  • It doesn’t matter what you are doing: heavy or light, corrective or strength or mobility – how your first rep looks/feels will tell you a lot about your technique and nervous system readiness
  • Put as much effort into the first reps as you do the last reps : teach your nervous system to always be strong
  • Add this to your morning ritual = “First 10 Breathes” = Center yourself and prepare for the day ahead with a clear mind


STOLEN from Martina Kerr: Clock Analogy

– you are standing in the center of a clock, facing the 3.
Squat – pull hips to 6-o’clock
Deadlift – push hips to 9-o’clock
Swing – drive hips to 8-o’clock


RENT-a-bell: Gillian’s program

1) 30sec high intensity
2) 30sec timed breathing / 30sec fast and loose
3) light assistance exercise (120sec at most = correctives, Abs, balance …)
4) 120sec rest
repeat 3-5 sets

My Good Friend had lots of success with this program last summer

We progressed from Hard Style/Max planks to swinging a 28kg over the course of 2/3 months

Assistance exercises included Leg lifts, Lunges, crawls etc

When done right this program delivers lasting strength gains, as well as correct faulty breathing and movements patterns

NOT TO MENTION it will burn a TON of calories.

All the best my friends

If you want a program for yourself contact me at:

If you are in the Greater Toronto Area stay tuned for updates on my NEW LOCATION!!!

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Tim Ferris and Kelly Starrett Inspired MetCon Program

Hello my friends


Tim Ferris interviewed Kelly Starrett and it was awesome. From their conversation came the following program.

Plus there is something of my own at the end 🙂


Tim/Kelly Met-con Program

(metabolic conditioning)

5 rep max exercise = ‘A’

week 1 = 5 sets of ‘A’ with 3-5 mins rest

week 2 = 5 sets of Crawl+’A’ with 3-5 mins rest

week 3 = 5 sets of Crawl + Burpee + ‘A’ + Rest

week 4 = 5 sets of Crawl + Burpee + side shuffle + ‘A’ + Rest

week 5 = Test = rest an extra day or two – use 5 rep max weight: do as many reps as possible





CLP program

Day One

I) Cleans (I

  1. strength – increase volume:

week 1: (2,4,6) x 3
week 2: (2,6) x 4
week 3: (2,4,6) x 4
week 4: 6 x 6

*New phase: adding in corrective exercises first, then assistance exercises

conditioning – pre-stress ‘A’

week 5: corrective/ clean/ assistance
week 6: corrective/  assistance/ clean
week 7:correctivex2 / assistance/ clean
w8:correctivex2 / assistancex2/ clean

Day Two

II) Squat (II
strength – increase volume

week 1: 5,4,3,2,1
week 2: pyramid
week 3: 4,3,2,1x2s
week 4: 3,2,1×3/4s

*New phase: conditioning – pre-stress new rep range

week 5: corrective/ squat/ assistance
week 6: corrective/  assistance/ squat
week 7:correctivex2 / assistance/ squat
w8:correctivex2 / assistancex2/ sq

Day Three

III) Press (III
week 1-4
Grind: 4,3,2,1
Grind: 5,4,3,2,1

*New phase

III) Clean/Press (III

week 5-8
Explode: 2,4,6
Explode: 2,4,6,8

>>>     ?week off?       <<<<

*Phase III

IV) Clean/Squat/Press (VI

week 9: pyramid
week 10: ladder x3
week11: increase rep
week12:increase set





– increase weight by 20lbs per set/rung on the way up the ladder,
– increase weight by 5-10lbs per set/rung on the way down.
the last rep should be around 80% of your max
the first rep should be around 90lbs less that your target weight.

– rep ranges can be extended and so can the number of rungs/steps
– 7-10 sets is enough
– consider additional sets the same rep/weight or drop set
– the peak set (ex. 4R) should more or less be a repetition max?
– the first downward rung is a test to see how you adapt to changing demands
– further exploration is needed on this topic