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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 […]

Realistic at-home corona workouts

March 23, 2020

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Every trainer in the world is writing about at-home workouts right now, so let’s be trendy. Preface I realize there is a lot of controversy around this issue, and that controversy is only growing. Much like anything arithmetic based in America, we’re incapable of widespread agreement. To be clear, much like you are not interested […]

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 […]