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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 […]

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 […]

3 common weak muscles

June 1, 2018

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This is a continuation on some of the more common muscular length imbalances I see and how you can identify them yourself. Here’s what some common tight muscles are. On to the long ones:   1) Upper trapezius I’m not exactly sure why but the upper trapezius gets a bad rap. At least in the […]