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When squats don’t help you run again

January 28, 2021

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Scenario You start having some knee issues running. You take a break from running. Knee calms down. You start running again. Knee problem comes back. Take another break. Begin running again. Knee starts bothering you yet again. Stop running again. Knee feels better. You’re ready to start running again, but you know how it’s gone […]

When exercise becomes socially accepted self-harm

December 29, 2020

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The fitness world has an extreme segment. One we tend to either give intense praise, or be dismissive of. CrossFit: it tends to either bring about exuberant cheers or cavalier jeers. This is in large part because the fitness and exercise world tends to draw extreme personalities, I’d argue to a greater extent than most […]

Understanding why your tibial slope can increase your odds of ACL injury

October 15, 2020

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When it comes to predisposition for tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, we tend to focus on women. “They’re weaker, they have larger Q angles, is it something with their hormones?” We’ve found some truth in these hypotheses, though we’ve looked at the hormone factor and didn’t find anything. Men can only blame that on so […]

Why sleep can help or hurt your joints

October 2, 2020

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Much has been made the last few years about non-biological factors affecting pain. Psychological and sociological ones. What’s referred to as the BioPsychoSocial approach to pain management. For instance, if you’re someone who is prone to depression, or in poverty, that can influence your chronic pain susceptibility. This has had times of being incredibly overblown, […]

Easy ways to train around lower back pain

September 3, 2020

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Let’s say we have one of two scenarios: You’ve recently flared up your lower back. Namely, any leaning over hurts. You’re someone (or a personal trainer with a client) who has had longterm lower back problems, but you’re trying to get a good workout in. You either don’t want to just sit around waiting for […]

My 33 mile day hike in the Great Smoky Mountains

August 18, 2020

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About 3 years ago, –How I trained for the steepest day climb in America The past year I’d been biking for the majority of my exercise. I put my kids in a trailer and tow them along. I was doing this mainly when taking them to school, to help with time management. With no school […]

Help learning anatomy? Try less flashcards

July 8, 2020

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One of the most common remarks I’ve gotten is something related to difficulty learning and understanding anatomy. Learning is obviously quite individual. So, this post is clearly biased from my experience, but maybe it’ll still be helpful. – Flash cards might help, but that’s an arduous, incomplete, approach Based on what I’ve witnessed college classmates […]

TKEs aren’t that great for knees

June 8, 2020

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TKE = Terminal Knee Extension exercise. The most fundamental version of the exercise: Getting fancier: Adding some bro to it: More than once, this exercise has made its way around the interwebz as being the holy grail to solving knee pain. Namely by waking up the quadriceps, specifically the VMO (vastus medialis). I’ve covered the […]