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Better exercises to stretch the hamstrings

July 29, 2013


Before we can understand the how to stretch the hamstrings, we need to understand how they work. – Anatomy Common hamstring talk: The hamstrings are three muscles. The semimembranosus, semitendinosus, and biceps femoris, which has a long and short head. The semis are inside (medial), the biceps outside (lateral). They all start at the top of the […]

Musings on scapular winging: Anatomy (muscular and nerve), causes, and exercise considerations

July 25, 2013


I’m going to reference Scapular winging: anatomical review, diagnosis, and treatments often. – Anatomy of scapular winging (muscular) Serratus anterior Of course, we have to start with this muscle. The serratus anterior protracts and upwardly rotates the scapula. Let’s use a nice quote from the paper to get more specific. Pictures and bolding from me: “The serratus […]

Looking at pelvic tilts -The hips only tell you part of the story (an anterior pelvic tilt doesn’t mean your hips are flexed)

July 21, 2013


I’m going to cover some oversights when assessing pelvic alignments. The most common condition people seem concerned with is an anterior pelvic tilt. Because the hips are rotated anteriorly and the hamstrings pull the pelvis posteriorly, it’s common to assume the hamstrings are “weak / lengthened” in an anterior pelvic tilt. However, the hamstrings play […]

Thoughts from the Bodies Exhibit; the animal version (you are what you are)

July 17, 2013


A while back I wrote about my experience at the Bodies Exhibit in Vegas. I was recently traveling through Chicago and had no idea there is a Bodies Exhibit in their Museum of Science and Industry. Except it’s all animals. A common theme in these exhibits is displaying the qualities each animal possesses. I, and many […]

Using the concept of “flow” with your exercise program (Reasons for falling off the wagon)

July 15, 2013


I’m currently working through the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.  From Wikipedia: “Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.” Or being “in the zone.” One of the […]

How much can you think about while exercising?

July 10, 2013


A huge part of exercising is executing proper technique. To do so you’re often told to think about certain things -cues- which will, hopefully, cause you to practice good form. How many cues can you think about at the same time? How many cues can a person process and effectively implement during a given exercise? […]