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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 […]

Arm positioning during the plank exercise

December 21, 2018

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The plank is used as a core exercise. It’s a nice way of training the abdominals to prevent lumbar extension. Ala don’t do this: I actually also like to use the plank as a shoulder mobility exercise. Let me explain. Without going into too much detail, two common issues for those with shoulder pain / movement issues are: […]

The Real Talk With Client Series

December 17, 2018

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Stemming from We’re way overcomplicating gaining muscle and getting stronger I’m going to have a series where the motto is, I don’t know, let’s call it something corny like “ruthless pragmatism.” There has been a trend in the fitness space of investigating research, then attempting to work backwards to a practical recommendation. On the surface, this makes […]

Making the Pallof Press more effective

November 30, 2018

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The main idea behind the Pallof Press is training the abdominals to prevent movement. This is in contrast to just about every conventional ab exercise. While the Pallof Press is attempting to improve the ability to lessen movement at the spine, most ab exercises are promoting movement at the spine. Crunches? Russian Twists? They bend […]

You shouldn’t stretch your hip flexors if you have hip pain

November 23, 2018

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From A Better Quad Stretch: “This isn’t a great stretch for those with hip pain. Form becomes absolutely crucial and you’re honestly just playing with fire if you have hip issues and you do this stretch.” From Standing Version of the Best Damn IT Band Stretch: “Whenever you stretch the hip flexors it is crucial to have […]

Why the Triple Hop test isn’t always a good barometer for ACL rehabilitation

November 16, 2018

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The Triple Hop test is a popular tool in the ACL rehab world as an indicator for how well the surgically repaired leg matches up to the non. In theory it makes sense. If the surgically repaired leg can perform as well as the non in a jump test, you have a good indication rehab […]