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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 […]

An advanced way to stretch the IT band for runners

August 13, 2019

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The iliotibial (IT) band is one of the most commonly complained of areas for runners. We’ve gone over stretching the IT band a lot here- –Why foam rolling isn’t the way to go –The anatomy of the IT band and a great stretch for it –Standing version of the best damn IT band stretch The […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]