| | | | Power Athlete Radio – Episode 83 PAHQ Crew

Author / Cali Hinzman

This week we chit chat about #22JackedStreet, bone density, and a couple of recently released articles on PAHQ.  Why is Tex mad at the speed ladder and which A List Celebrity tweeted at us!  The answer will rock you.

Show Timeline

  • 2:00 Captain Luke has tremendous pull with our apparel hook-up.
  • 7:30 EAT THE WEAK IS BACK!  Get yours from the Shop TODAY!
  • 9:20 #22JackedStreet is neither secret nor elite, but it is awesome.
  • 10:30 The guys argue who has better bone density.
  • 12:00 Using the dexa scan to find imbalances and asymmetries.
  • 15:00 Even if arm wrestling were played on grass, it’s not a field sport.
  • 19:00 Prof Booty makes an argument for symmetry and it’s coordination transference.
  • 21:53 Cali’s article on specialization and failure.
  • 26:30 It’s possible that a kid should not be playing sports.
  • 28:30 Playing multiple sports may not be ideal at a certain age.
  • 32:00 Let’s talk footwork and better ways to use the speed ladder.
  • 38:24 You cannot have pitter-patter feet in sport.  Period.
  • 40:00 Doing things on the balls of your feet and what it means.
  • 44:00 Nerd alert.  Prof Booty gives the neural implications of stride.
  • 51:30 Have you been living under a rock? The Rock tweeted us!
  • 53:00 Closing.


Stallone- always the specialist.

Show Notes

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


  1. Johnwelbournslefttricep on December 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    These are not posting on I tunes

    Please fix


  2. Sheldon on December 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

    They are also not posting to stitcher or any other podcasting apps that I can tell either. 🙁

    • CALI on December 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Mother of god. I’m on it! Thanks Sheldon!

    • CALI on December 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      They’re on Itunes now. Trying to figure out the Stitcher issue though…

  3. Ingo B on December 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Dear PAHQ,

    Please stop bulking. ITunes can’t support all that lean mass coursing through their bandwidth.



  4. Sheldon on December 5, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Thanks Cali!

  5. Elliott S. on December 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    CALI – Great question, that didn’t fully get answered. It seemed like you were asking if there is an inherent standard deviation of strength and/or muscle mass from side to side. Or are we born with 100% symmetry and then just eff it up as we age? Given the body’s natural asymmetries (placement of organs, diaphragm, etc), regardless of training or daily repetitive movement , it would make sense that we develop some degree of difference in size and strength from side to side. But I would be curious to learn what a “normal” body should be like, too.

    Tex referred to Angie’s interview, where she discussed handling athletes’ asymmetries. That should always be a priority, especially at the start of an offseason when you have time to address the imbalances that were created during the season. Athletes like throwers, tennis players, and volleyball players will never NOT have asymmetries, but a good strength coach should be working to bring them back as close to neutral as possible. Scapulae and clavicles end up with excessive downward rotation, shoulders with too much external rotation, etc. Check out stuff by the Cressey/Boyle/Robertson crew for some of the best info on dealing with these athletes.

    The other piece of the puzzle is Structural Balance – which is closer to the answer that Cali was looking for I think. The Poliquin Structural Balance assessment will tell you how much discrepancy there is between your flexors and extensors (for the upper body). It also tests for weakness and bilateral imbalances of your scapular retractors and external rotators. This assessment informs your programming for a stuctural balance training phase, and future training phases, to improve all those limiting factors. There’s a lower body assessment as well to expose tightnesses and weaknesses. I’d be happy to take you guys through it sometime.

    And personally, despite what’s portrayed in the documentary, “Over The Top,” I don’t think the fiddler crab arm is a good look.

    • CALI on December 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Elliot – Although I didn’t articulate my thoughts well, you basically nailed it. What I was trying to get at was – dominant sides are a “normal” part of our evolution. My argument was simply that although we are constantly trying to create muscle balance and antagonistic movement symmetries as a means to avoid injury, embracing your strong side is not a bad thing. I would actually argue that it is worse to avoid embracing dominant movement patters/skills/sides than it is to avoid spending that time trying to get a non dominant side to play catch-up. Again, the disclaimer being that glaring and potentially injurious imbalances should always be addressed. I think the reality is though, that in sport, we should always embrace the coordination that naturally exists. Hope that makes sense.

  6. Elliott S. on December 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    DENNY – From my experience, the in-the-toes dip and drive during a Push Press or Jerk develops from one of three things:
    1. Laziness. The athlete just doesn’t pay attention to keeping his heels down during the dip. And he probably doesn’t care.
    2. Mobility. Tight calves/ankles/feet might prevent a good vertical position during the dip.
    3. Coaching. If left on their own, most people will rely on what’s comfortable. And since so many people (especially crossfitters) tend to be quad dominant, they will search for more help from the quads. This is pretty evident when people first learn to deadlift and will naturally squat the bar down, rather than push the butt back for more p-chain.

    This requires extra attention and direction by the coach to break them of this habit.

    A drill I learned from Don McCauley: Have the athlete stand at the edge of a platform with his toes off the edge. Practice the dip and drive from there. It teaches their brain that you can deliver power from the heels into the hips and into the bar.

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