Core training. What is it, really? Is it “crushing”the abs? “Blasting” the glutes? Both at the same time? (yikes!) At its most essential, effective core training should begin with an assessment of alignment. Is the thoracic spine, rib cage and thoraco-lumbar canister aligned? If not, we must begin with low-level, simple neuro-muscular strategies to help… Continue reading What is Core Training? (Part 1)
A kettlebell. Present in so many fitness centers, gyms and studios that it’s becoming rarer NOT to see them. So many great exercises and activities to be done with them. A near universal favorite? The kettlebell swing. But are your clients “ready to swing?” The answer? “It depends.” Issues of hip and ankle mobility, glute… Continue reading Kettlebells – Ready to Swing?
Coaches…when programming activities for conditioning, why not use activities that build desired skills, create effective athletic conditioning AND have a “fun factor?” This competitive relay incorporates linear speed, reactive/plyometric training, footwork and change of direction. And…it’s FUN! Teams compete to complete the course the most times in a given time frame. Quality of completion is… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Sports
Those in the fitness profession place a heavy focus on the idea of core “strength.” Mind you, I realize that we benefit our clients by helping them develop strength through the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, thoraco-pelvic canister and spinal stabilization system. However, strength is useless if you have an inadequate degree of “activation” of that strength,… Continue reading Core Strength, Control or Activation?
What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? Cam French is performing DB Step-ups as part of her post-rehab training… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability
The brain trains movements, not muscles. Understand this bio-mechanical, neuro-muscular reality and you can find a much smoother pathway to correcting muscular, movement pattern and kinetic chain dysfunction. Andrew exhibits slight asymmetry in lunging, 1/2 kneeling and rhythmic activities like skipping, jogging/backpedal and shuffling. Hip flexion/extension exhibits incompletely on one side vs the other. Should… Continue reading Roll Pattern Hip Assessment and Activation
This is Lee. Well, actually, it’s Lee’s knees. In his right knee he’s missing a meniscus since 1981 and ruptured his ACL, and tore his MCL, sometime between 1981 and 5 years ago. His Ortho elected not to repair, telling him “I’ll see you in about 10 years” for total knee replacement surgery. (?) An… Continue reading What we can learn from Lee’s Knees.