Lateral Pelvic Tilt and Lower Back Pain: The Connection

Lateral Pelvic Tilt is a position that finds one side of the pelvis higher than the other. In the picture below, you’ll notice my left side is higher than the right. This picture was taken about four years ago when I was trying to figure out what was causing all my back pain. My understanding […]

The Wasted Workout?

A trainee came in, stressed about her daughter, tired from lack of sleep, and feeling mentally exhausted. She didn’t feel particularly strong and didn’t really lift any heavier than the prior week. “Did I just waste the workout?” she asked. “Not at all”, I replied. Wasted Workouts Online writers and trainers often talk about not […]

Restoring My Neck, Restoring My Eyesight?

This is me neurologically reprogramming myself: restoring neutrality in my neck, regaining lost range of motion, and re-positioning bones in my face. Yes, you read that correctly. My face is now different. I was chosen (although in truth I somewhat volunteered myself before the seminar began) because I am a perfect example of what Postural […]

Split Squat and Knee Pain

The split squat is the basic single leg exercise. In my estimation, it is the single leg movement that should be taught first, before any type of lunging exercise. Split Squat Problems A couple problems become evident immediately when a trainee struggles to perform them. 1. Unfamiliarity. If a trainee is unfamiliar with the movement, […]

5 Quick Points About The Trap Bar Deadlift

Some people have asked me how I set up to use the trap bar for deadlifts. Here is a short video: 1. I set up with my feet in the middle of the bar. Often people set up too far back, which results in their hands being directly underneath or in front of their shoulders. […]

The “Ribs Down” Push-ups

Push-ups are great for building overall body strength and integrating that strength through the upper back, shoulders, arms, and core. They make the entire muscular system work hard, not just the muscles that are doing the pushing. The rest of the body has to struggle to stabilize the body as it moves through space. If […]

Stop the Fitness Comparisons

One thing that always comes up in training is the inevitable fitness comparisons. “Why don’t I look like that person”? The best answer is the most obvious one: you aren’t that person. If that answer doesn’t suffice, let’s examine why fitness comparisons are useless. The Keys to Improved Fitness If you consistently lift progressively heavier […]

The Genius of Joseph Campbell

At some point in my senior year of high school, during a particularly difficult time, my mom posted a card on my wall with a drawing of flowers and trees and some quote about “following your bliss”. I had no clue what it meant. Bliss is not a concept that I could easily relate to; […]