What’s that got to do with exercise? #4

Everything is black and silent. I am immersed in a sort of nebulousness around which I cannot quite wrap my mind, and, for the life of me, I am unable to reconcile the last moments I can remember, the ones wherein I was sitting out on the porch with the kids, with this new reality in which my arms and legs are fastened in place.. affixed to something. I am confused and disoriented. There is a sharp pain searing through my spine. Am I paralyzed? No. I try to free myself from whatever is binding me, but my efforts are futile and ultimately to no avail. Slowly, the little soldiers in my head begin to sift and sort and rearrange themselves until my mind manages to narrow in on some semblance of reality. Read more

Scrambled TMJ

Temporamandibular joint syndrome may be attributable to any number of things, including trauma to the teeth or jaw, arthritis, teeth grinding, stress/anxiety, POOR POSTURE, etc., any one or all of which may eventually give way to pain in the jaw, headaches, a clicking or locking when opening or closing the mouth, shoulder pain, and a number of other unfavorable symptoms. That said, in most cases, a home treatment regimen is often an effective course, so let’s look at the corrective posture techniques piece of your home remedy and address a few of the trigger points and shortened muscles that may be referring pain into your jaw. Read more

The Process

I wake up at 3:15 in the morning and have coffee whilst brainstorming and jotting down ideas. I consider the musculoskeletal impairments, goals, and particular phase(s) associated with each of my clients over the next several days, which inevitably leads to planning and testing, and I subsequently bring some variation of that process to all of you. Here’s an example of me planning my time with you sans cosmetics and civilian clothing. Your trainer, before the ideas resemble any degree of organization, uncut.  Read more

Shoulder Impingement: The You-Broke-It-You-Fix-It Approach

Shoulder impingement is a dynamic condition that “occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion. This can result in pain, weakness, and loss of mobility around the shoulder.”

Shoulder pain is a commonly reported issue amid both athletes and the general population with reported incidences in the latter occurring in up to 21%. Read more

Your Feet Hate You

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain in the foot, particularly in the heel, and is attributable to a lack of adequate ankle dorsiflexion (the ability to lift the foot upwards), extended time on one’s feet, overpronation of the foot (flat feet), a57a93941516c1-1-imagend/or an elevated body mass index.
All of that said, there are a few things you can do to relieve your symptoms and prevent further incidences of pain. See video for demonstration. Read more

Let’s build a house without a foundation. I’m sure everything will be fine.

 

Irrespective of your primary goal, be it to enhance your running speed, maximize your strength, improve definition, or any number of other such desires, your ability to maintain your center of gravity is the foundation from which you can soar the furthest towards any ambition. No matter how fit or strong we believe that we are in any given moment, without a formidable foundation, we are inevitably selling ourselves short.
With several of my golfers, while they are phased through balance, strength, and power training over and over again, every one of them improved the distance of their drive without ever lifting a heavy weight. Stabilization is such a vital component of sports performance and ANY and EVERY sound training program.

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