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Injury risk adds up quicker than you think

May 13, 2019

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For any deadlift session, what’s the chance you blow your back out? – Something hard to know is the injury risk of any given exercise. Even harder is knowing the injury risk of a given exercise for a given person. The most well known injured area is the lower back. One of the most well […]

My favorite mobility / corrective exercise – The Toddler Squat

May 3, 2019

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It’s no secret we -at least in Westernized society- sit, a lot. Sitting itself isn’t abnormal for humans. Sitting in a chair though, is. In fact, if you watch a toddler, or observe societies where chairs aren’t as common, sitting is done quite a bit, but without a chair. I’m not big on the whole […]

60 seconds or less: Crunches

April 29, 2019

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This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics. Should I do crunches? No. You can go into the rabbit hole of, are crunches dangerous for the lower back how much compression crunches put on the spinal discs just because you work your […]

Personal training clients are way older than you think

April 22, 2019

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“You act like everyone is beat up.” is a consistent criticism I’ve received. I’ve written a lot about exercising clients who have an injury history or current musculoskeletal problems. For some, this gets attached to me as overly conservative. -> This always cracks me considering I got into exercise science due to playing football, one […]

60 seconds or less: Foam rolling

March 25, 2019

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This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics. Should we foam roll? No. For most, just the position of foam rolling -holding your entire body up with your arms- is going to be exhausting. Next, the notion of beating up your tissue […]

60 seconds or less: Is deadlifting dangerous?

January 28, 2019

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This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics. Should I fear deadlifting? What would you do if you wanted to get hurt lifting? You’d, Focus on the most injury prone area (low back) Lift basically as much as your body could Lean over […]

60 seconds or less: Soreness

January 21, 2019

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This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics. Soreness from exercising is good, right? No. Think about who gets sore the most- people the most out of shape. If you’ve been squatting or running for a while, then you take a couple […]

Assessing the hips in the transverse plane (why your lower back hurts)

January 11, 2019

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When referencing hip alignment the sagittal plane (forward and backwards) is predominantly mentioned. This normally revolves around anterior pelvic tilt: Simplistically, this is a sign of tight hip flexors and lumbar spinal erectors, and weak abdominals and glutes. However, often times an anterior pelvic tilt -or too much lumbar extension- is accompanied by issues in […]