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Leg raises, hip flexors, hard ab training, lower back pain

October 15, 2018

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Omar writes, “Hi Brian, What is your opinion of hanging leg raises for abs? I need to train abs for bodybuilding purposes (hypertrophy), but also spare my lower back. Some people say that it’s not back-friendly since it overworks the hip flexors, but then why are exercises such as supine leg raises/lowers prescribed for people […]

Protected: A Surgeon’s Exercise Guide

July 23, 2018

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A surgeon’s pain: exercise guidelines to feel better

July 23, 2018

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This is a three part series: Part 1: Recognizing the issue Part 2: Why are surgeons so beat up? Part 3: An exercise plan   Summarizing what we’ve learned so far Surgeons, or doctors who specialize in procedures, are a seriously at-risk population for musculoskeletal degeneration, and pain The prevalence of orthopedic problems has been increasing […]

A surgeon’s pain: why are they so beat up?

July 16, 2018

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This is a three part series: Part 1: Recognizing the issue Part 2: Why are surgeons so beat up? (currently reading) Part 3: An exercise plan   Why are surgeons so beat up? I’m a personal trainer. Imagine you come into the gym to meet me for a workout. I hand you one of those light, […]

A surgeon’s pain: realizing how many have musculoskeletal issues

July 9, 2018

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This will be a three part series: Part 1: Recognizing the issue (currently reading) Part 2: Why are surgeons so beat up? Part 3: An exercise plan   Recognizing how many surgeons are in pain Our starting point: –Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Surgeons and Interventionalists: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis When you visit a […]

There isn’t much the body CAN’T regenerate

July 2, 2018

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There are three common areas people have either been told, or somehow started to believe, can’t regenerate. That once the area has been injured, or started to degrade, you can’t do anything about it. They are the, Brain Heart Cartilage Scientifically, this has also been the case. Many in science used to think certain structures […]

A better quad stretch

June 22, 2018

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Look around any gym, athletic field, rec center, you are bound to see people stretching their quads like so: This is actually a pretty crappy quad stretch. The quadriceps are made of four muscles, hence “quad,” and the above stretch actually only hits 3 of the muscles- vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis and vastus medialis. The […]

Your muscles can’t always be balanced

June 8, 2018

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Thomas Myers wrote up a post on symmetry I wanted to expound on a bit. The more you learn about alleviating joint pain, the more you realize the name of the game typically revolves around symmetry / balance. Balance of muscle length and strength, to be specific.  Meaning it’s more likely a joint will feel […]