Assisted Chin-Ups and Lower Back Pain

Chin-ups can be uncomfortable for people with extension based back pain. When someone suffers from extension based back pain, they may experience discomfort or outright pain doing exercises that generally require a strong arch in the lower back.  Or they may struggle with exercises that tend to pull them into this extended position. With chin-ups, […]

Do You Have a Zone of Apposition?

A primary goal of Postural Restoration® is to achieve and maintain a solid Zone of Apposition while achieving tri-planar movement. In plain English, this means that your body can move in all three planes of motion: sagittal (front to back), frontal (side to side), and transverse (rotation), while keeping your rib cage positioned correctly. Examine […]

A Source of Shoulder Pain: The Subclavius and Pec Major

The pec major and the subclavius are two muscles that can play an important role in shoulder joint pain neck pain pain related to thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition where nerves get pinched as they pass through the thoracic outlet, an area loosely defined as your upper chest area, between the neck and the armpit. […]

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 […]

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 […]