This is going to be complimentary info to a friend's post on the importance of being able to touch your toes (read here). In mobility class we frequently go over ways to increase a persons' ability to touch their toes, which in turn improves your overall athletic ability in movements such as the deadlift and squat. … Continue reading Improve Your Toe Touch. Improve Your Performance.
Do you find yourself thinking/saying any of the following? What do you mean when you say "keep your midline stable" How the heck do I keep my midline tight and breathe....in addition to kicking butt in my workout When I try to activate my midline, I feel like I just bear down (like going to … Continue reading Breathe & Stay Tight at the Same Time?!?
The hip is quite an amazing joint. It's a ball and socket joint because it is formed by the head of the femur connecting with the socket of the pelvis. This means that it is a very mobile joint like the shoulder, allowing movements in multiple directions. Just for comparison, the knee is a hinge … Continue reading 3D Hip Opener
The lacrosse ball has been a great alternative to the foam roller to really get into those hard to reach places. But there's still places that are hard to get into.....and that's where the magic alpha ball from Yoga Tune Up comes in! It's larger in size and has a grippy exterior (sometimes describes like … Continue reading The Magic Alpha Ball
The importance of variability in anything we do is not rocket science. Look at runners who only run.......injury over time. And this doesn't just go for running, but any other training that only focuses on one direction, or the same movements over and over again (like some CrossFit programming or Tennis). Our body needs variability … Continue reading Variability in Programming for Tissue Health
Muscle spotlight: tensor fascia latae (TFL) & iliotibial (IT) band Location: put your hands on your hips and feel the muscle that is right below the bony part of your hips. This is where the TFL attaches. The muscle is only inches long and it attaches to the IT band which continues down the side … Continue reading Muscle Spotlight: Tensor Fascia Latae & IT Band
When is the correct time to start kipping pull-ups? Is there a recommended number of strict pull-ups an athlete should have before they kip? Are these rules actually enforced and do they need to be? The real answer to this debate is that YOU as the athlete have to take matters into your own hands. … Continue reading Kipping Pull-up Debate
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a test that I did frequently in California, and am slowly incorporating it in with my work in Denver. You can read more detail about this screen here, but what I like about it is that it gives someone real data based on their mobility, stability, and asymmetrical movements. … Continue reading Finding Balance Between Mobility & Stability
Nobody likes the feeling of a sore low back from lifting something, or stiff upper/middle back from sitting. Obviously the goal is to prevent these from happening by moving and sitting PERFECTLY. But since we are are human and all learning about this perfect movement, those moments may still happen where we want some instant … Continue reading Instant Spine Relief
There's been a lot of talk about wrist discomfort so I wanted to bring back a post that I wrote a while back for CrossFit Southbay. The cause for wrist discomfort can include problems at the wrist, but can also stem from the shoulders, neck, thoracic spine, or even your squat! Here are my thoughts … Continue reading Give Your Wrists a Break