The Bandaid Approach

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Deal with Reoccurring Injuries At The ROOT of the Problem

When you have an injured shoulder, you’d think to address the shoulder. So you get a massage, roll it, stretch it etc…  and it starts to feel better. But it just keeps coming back. We’ve all been there, having to deal with nagging shoulder pain, back pain, or knee pain. We work them out, it feels good, we push it, and then boom, there it is again!

The problem is that you’re more than likely not addressing the root of the injury. You may feel the pain in a specific spot and deal with it directly, but that’s a bandaid approach. If you want to make an impact, look beyond the pain and go to the source. Sounds really confusing but trust me, it’s simpler than you think.  [Read more…]

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Crawl, Walk, Then Run…Keys to Dieting Success

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Crawl, Walk, Then Run...keys to dieting success

I read this quote and thought how fitting it was for those trying to achieve their fitness goals. Fitness marketing and uninformed personal trainers will tell you that they can help you achieve your goals in 30 days or something of the sort.

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Do Ice and Contrast Baths Work?

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Do Ice and Contrast Baths Work?

You’ll have to build your tolerance if you’re sensitive to cold 🙂

Ice baths and contrast baths may seem crazy to the average joe but for athletes this is a common site and occurrence especially for contact sports like hockey, football, rugby, etc… [Read more…]

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The Cost of Using a Waist Trainer

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The Cost of Using a Waist Trainer

If the Kardashians where it, it must work

If you’re not familiar with what a “waist trainer” is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Similar to a corset, that’s not nearly as tight but is marketed as a way to lose inches off your waist. It’s been SUPER popularized by celebrities, I’m not sure who started it but seems like the Kardashians have [Read more…]

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Validity of Compression Gear

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Validity of Compression Gear

Compression gear has been a hot ticket item in many sports now. Take a look around central park and see all the runners wearing bright knee high socks, weightlifters wearing compression pants, basketball players wearing compression elbow/shoulder sleeves. Even good ole Brett Favre is advocating compression gear for achy joints and so on. With all the popularity, do they actually [Read more…]

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Should The Olympic Lifts Be Used In Sports Performance Training?

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Should The Olympic Lifts Be Used In Sports Performance Training?

The Olympic weightlifting variations have been extremely popular to utilize in the sports performance training world. Many coaches and trainers look at Olympic weightlifters and see the extremely powerful, coordinated, athletes that they are and [Read more…]

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The Effectiveness of TENS for Muscular Soreness

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The Effectiveness of TENS for Muscular Soreness

When it comes to performance recovery, we use ice, heat, massage, and so on. It’s typical for us to find ways to mask the pain, think NSAIDS and topical analgesics- think icy hot. This is where TENS comes into play, in fact electrical stimulus to treat pain has been utilized for centuries, from the Roman [Read more…]

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Should You Avoid Lifting Weights While Pregnant?

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Should You Avoid Lifting Weights While Pregnant?

When Australian model Sophie Guidolin posted a photo of her lifting 66lbs (30k) while pregnant, the internet did NOT take this weight lightly- get it- she’s lifting “heavy” weights but the internet didn’t take it lightly…No? Okay, let’s just move on 🙂

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The Simplest Way to Coach- Shut Your Trap

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The Simplest Way to Coach- Shut Your Trap

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
— Confucius

Throughout my career, I’ve had the pleasure to work with literally every age and skill level. These experiences taught me that you MUST adapt your coaching to each athlete. However, while there are individual learning styles, there should be a [Read more…]

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It All Starts With Your Breath

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1340692302669_1340692302669_rI’m not a physical therapist, osteo, or any type of doctor, however I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with those that are very knowledgeable with diaphragm breathing and breathing in general. On a side note, if you’re truly interested in breathing patterns, I’d read anything by Dr. Leon Chaitow. Now thanks to Drew Dillion, my weightlifting coach, and Connor Ryan, my physical therapist, I believe I’m finally on my way back to a healthy back. [Read more…]

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