Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pain Free Deadlifting

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Deadlifts are one of the best exercises that anyone can do. They are great for developing lower body strength and upper body stability. That being said, do a quick YouTube search of deadlifts and you will see some pretty gruesome things. I cannot understand how anyone is allowed to pick a weight up off the […]

5 Exercises for Extension Based Back Pain

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As much as I make it seem like everyone is hunched over like Quasimodo, not everyone is in flexion based back pain. The opposite affliction is extension based pain. Extended posture is simply defined as an increased arch in the back and often includes anterior pelvic tilt. Extension intolerance is usually seen in populations that […]

Calories are Not Created Equal

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Somehow we got to a point of misunderstanding when it comes to eating well. There is this notion that calories were the most important aspect of the food. Maybe it is because people have put together the oversimplified thought that “calories in vs. calories out” is how we control our weight. It is right up […]

Exercising with Nagging Pain

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Disclosure: I never work with anyone that is in acute, burning, stinging, sharp, etc. pain. The people that i work with and this post is intended for have either seen a medical professional or they have the dull, annoying, chronic pain. If you are unsure of the severity of your injury, get it checked out. […]

5 Exercises for Flexion Based Back Pain

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Flexion based back pain is a very common occurrence. With the nature of our lifestyle now, we sit more than ever and are less active. So much time gets spent sitting because of work, driving, and technology that this is a real concern. Flexion based back pain is a result of the spine staying in […]

Building Stability in the Hip and Shoulder

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When it comes to lifting weights, stability and mobility are two of the more important aspects that we need to address to improve performance. Most young people have the stability of Gumby and as we get older, we lose mobility and stability where we need it most. The reason they work hand in hand is […]

Getting Back to Basics

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Since May I have graduated from grad school, finished up at 1 job, taken on a new role at another, and moved apartments. Each one of these things was not just a easy, relaxing good time. Each one was its own kind of stressor. With all of these things going on I had to make […]

How to Manage Back Pain

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Back pain can come out of nowhere and blind side anyone. Every day life is pretty abusive on the spine. Sitting, picking things up, and exercising can all throw the back into fits. The problem that makes it so hard to deal with is the fact that back pain is a result from chronic overuse. […]

How to Choose the Right Program

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Getting results in fitness requires some kind of plan and program. The program is probably the most important part of the process because it provides the structure for your training. There are tons of places to find programs. Some are free and some can be bought. No matter what methods you choose, the most important […]

Fitness Industry Updates Part 2

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In a post last week, I discussed how there are still a lot of things about the fitness industry that are behind the times. Here are some more notions that need to be dismissed. Stretching Injuries The habit for most people that are tight, sore, injured, etc. is to instantly stretch the muscle out. This […]