Nordic hamstring curls are great for learning eccentric control, anterior core stability, and concentric posterior chain strength. Often overlooked, this under utilized exercise can also be used as a cue for teaching a client or athlete proper squatting mechanics. Many clients or athletes can perform the eccentric or concentric phase of a squat properly. However, take a look in between the two phases, you’ll typically see a full fledged extension

Jan 2016

Pain Paradigm

Should Pain Be Normal? Most of the population has experienced pain in their life. However, should it be normal to have pain on a daily basis? Should exercise cause pain? Most people automatically brush it off as something that is a typical part of life. Although, I’d say that, “no pain, no gain” is the furthest from the truth. Living and exercising should not equal pain, but society has created

Nov 2015

Quad Dominance

With the holidays, comes different work-out routines, intensities, and settings for most (if you workout at all!) For me, it became apparent how easily it is for the general population to become quad dominant while working out at corporate gyms. To begin, let’s be honest, many people don’t exercise their lower body or will do the minimum amount of work needed! In addition, many gyms discourage posterior chain exercises, such

The solution to decreasing chronic dysfunction discussed in the previous blog, is a simplistic approach. So simplistic, there should no excuse to establish a more functional ventilatory system. A Balloon. Some quick facts as to how a balloon can help improve breathing and physiological parameters can be seen below. Decrease sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity Decrease paraspinal activity/ decrease lumbar lordosis Activates the abdominals, transverse abdominis, and internal/external oblique’s Pulls

There must be a link to the chronic conditions in today’s society. Examples of these conditions can include low back pain, posterior/lateral neck pain, postural dysfunction, and shoulder impingement. Clinicians tend to treat the area of pain, while strength and conditioning coaches tend to exercise the “core” and posterior musculature as a means of corrective exercise. However, the most overlooked problematic area is the one aspect we all have in