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If you are a performance athlete, it is likely you are supplementing your sport-specific training with some strength and conditioning in an effort to get stronger and increase your overall fitness. I can guess the type of routine you’re in. You hi ...
People love to talk about the apocalypse. Maybe it's a useful way to sort out the important issues, the non-starters and non sequiturs. Perhaps it helps them to think critically and objectively. Some even go so far as to say they are “training ...
You wake up with a sore lower back, and you go to bed feeling the same way. The discomfort is a constant reminder of how deconditioned you are. Trust me, I’ve been there. You know there’s something wrong. What gives?   If you’re d ...
In the deadlift, a common error is failing to brace the lats effectively. As the lift starts, the lats are pulled around and down, creating a rounding of the shoulders and upper back. This shift in position creates a weaker, more difficult lift and adds ...
In the deadlift, a common error is failing to brace the lats effectively. As the lift starts, the lats are pulled around and down, creating a rounding of the shoulders and upper back. This shift in position creates a weaker, more difficult lift and adds ...
In recent years I have stated, “if you can do yoga - you don’t need to.”   I can hear the yogaphiles beating at their keyboards already, denouncing me for having no idea what I’m talking about. Beat away. In the meantime, I& ...
Last time, we covered how to build your strength in rugby season. Now, let’s look at how to maintain your overall fitness. During the winter months, you are going to have games postponed due to the condition of the pitches. This can affect the amo ...
Whatever you think of the CrossFit Open, there’s no denying it’s a huge undertaking for all involved, from Castro, to box owners, and all the way to you, the athlete.   But whereas Castro seemingly has no interest in making your life an ...
Race organisers always include some cheeky climbs at this time of year. If you want to survive the hillier sportives, you need to learn how to produce power effectively on them. We’re going to start with a bit of high school physics to illustrate ...
In the thirteen years since I received my RKC certification as a kettlebell instructor, I have seen some interesting evolutions in kettlebell training. When I started the RKC program, probably at least 70 percent of us had never touched a kettlebell bef ...
It is likely you or someone you know, be it a family member, friend, or client, has been struck down with a case of flat feet. "Flat feet" is a term used to explain anything from plantar fascia pain, Achilles injuries, shin splints, knee, hip, ...
Word on the street is that vegetables are good for you. Of course they are. But are you eating enough? At Fitter Food, we're always coming up with innovative ways to add more vegetables to your diet, and one of the tastiest is to whack them into a m ...
Low back pain and problems exist in a variety of forms, and diagnosis is critical to knowing what the best exercise is to create the best outcome. After diagnosis, there is still a skill in knowing what to prescribe and why to prescribe it.   Afte ...
Most people have an age that they fear. Often, you hear women claim to be 39 for decades, as if somehow that year makes everything go south. Fifty sits there with its own Roman numeral, “L,” and also has the phrase “Half-Century” ...
Looking for a simple and powerful way to strengthen your core while stretching your central pillar? Your central pillar is your hip-to-shoulder zone. Look no further, the resisted rock will do it. A key to this movement is continuous engagement of the c ...
Let’s talk about getting back to normal life after an injury. As a physical therapist, I see many individuals who have sustained an injury or deal with pain. Helping these people rehabilitate their injuries with proper hands-on therapy, self-care, ...
Getting older sucks for athletes. Sure, there are those who say they’re in the best shape of their lives in their forties and fifties, but they are a minority (and obviously weren’t great athletes when younger). The biggest problem with gett ...