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Misunderstanding “shoulders down and back”

January 6, 2020

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A homosapien asks, “I’ve read one of your recommended books, Exercises for Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunctions, awhile back. Dr Osar says that when doing rows, shrugs, bench presses, and pushups, he doesn’t recommend pulling the shoulders down and back, and rather keep them in neutral position, with slight protraction and retraction during the movement. […]

Overhead Shrugs vs Regular Shrugs

December 16, 2019

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A human being asks, “Is there a particular reason why overhead shrug is better for improving a low shoulder than just a regular shrug? Is it because it’s easier to use too much levator scapulae with the regular shrug? Or is it that in overhead position it’s easier to improve rhomboid dominance?” This is a […]

Conventional or sumo- an easy way to know your deadlift stance

October 29, 2019

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When it comes to picking your deadlift stance, a common recommendation is train each style, sumo and conventional, for a few months each, then go with the one that feels better and or the one you’re stronger with. That there’s no surefire way to determine which style is better without testing them out for a […]

Think of movement as risk. Not normalcy.

October 14, 2019

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We who move people have caused an awful lot of confusion about what’s appropriate and what isn’t. To the point it’s become common to get a stick up one’s ass about “abnormal” movement. Half the world thinks a hunchback posture means your body is terrible while half the world thinks posture is irrelevant. There has […]

Why placebo and sham surgeries work

September 19, 2019

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For a number of years research has been coming out on sham surgeries. Background: We long ago discovered our thoughts can influence our biology. Thus, with drugs we always want to give placebo pills so we can figure out how much of the benefit is from that mysterious mind of ours. With surgery a placebo is […]

Job differences: physical therapy vs personal training

September 9, 2019

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I’m a personal trainer, but do a lot of work with clients reminiscent of physical therapy e.g. some corrective exercise, posture work, exercise for smaller muscle groups. I’m often asked about differences, what I recommend, etc.  I’m going to address the most important differences, stating which discipline has the advantage. I’m stating what I think […]

Why can ACL surgery increase arthritis risk?

August 28, 2019

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Alright, so the title of this is a little misleading. After all, whether you get ACL surgery or not doesn’t impact your risk of arthritis. I wrote about this in depth in, –Reconstructive ACL surgery: Is it beneficial? Here’s a more recent study backing that up, –Does Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Improve Functional and Radiographic […]

How I overcame primary exertion headaches

August 26, 2019

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Preface: I know next to nothing about headaches. This is just a “hey, maybe this will be useful to somebody out there” internet article. There aren’t many physical activities my body isn’t familiar with. A couple years ago though I did start training for a new one- long hiking. –How I trained for the steepest day […]