The Magic Alpha Ball

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

Variability in Programming for Tissue Health

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 & IT Band

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

Instant Spine Relief

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

Give Your Wrists a Break

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

Muscle Spotlight: Posterior Tibialis

We've been doing a lot of work on this muscle in my mobility classes, so I think it deserves some spotlight. Working on this muscle helps with ankle mobility, arch activation and pain in the lower leg/foot. Check it out! Muscle in the Spotlight: Posterior Tibialis Location: this muscle originates on the posterior surface of … Continue reading Muscle Spotlight: Posterior Tibialis

The Goal of Banded Mobilizations

Anytime I teach an athlete how to mobilize with a strength band for the first time there's always the question "what's the point of the band?" Here's why......maybe some reasons why the band may not be good for you......and then a few banded mobilizations in case you haven't experienced the magic of the band yet! … Continue reading The Goal of Banded Mobilizations

Mobility Ideas for Work

These 2 videos contain ideas for ways to mobilize at work, either at a standing desk or traditional sitting desk. I assumed that with the standing desk you will have a tall chair or stool nearby to use. If not there's a few ideas for you, and you can always take a break and find … Continue reading Mobility Ideas for Work

Prep/recovery 14.5

It's the last CrossFit Open workout!! And we've got BURPEES and THRUSTERS..... it's amazing how many people predicted these movements would be chosen. Remember the info below is more mobility/movement prep. I will share strategy and more movement ideas from the big time coaches once they come out on my facebook page. Burpees You must … Continue reading Prep/recovery 14.5

Muscle Spotlight: Diaphragm

Muscle in the Spotlight: Diaphragm Location: The diaphragm lines the bottom of the ribcage/thoracic cavity, separating it from the abdominal cavity. It has attachments to the lower 6 ribs, xiphoid process (end of sternum) and the upper 3 lumbar vertebrae. It also has connections to the psoas muscle and the quadratus lumborum. Function: This thin … Continue reading Muscle Spotlight: Diaphragm