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Reverse Engineering The Plank

Q: With the Plank, should the elbows roughly be just parallel with shoulders? It seems like when I put them at shoulder or higher, I’m lengthening better in the spine and hitting a better plank position than when I have them lower down.   This was a very excellent question from a client where we […]

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  • December 18, 2016

Random Thoughts

It’s been some time since I posted one of these, so of course it will be long. This summer at Perform Better, I asked if we can articulate a philosophy.  By its very nature, philosophy is the study of “it.”  It’s the study of “why.”  Why do you do what you do? Maybe the better […]

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  • September 17, 2016

The Concept of Lowest System Load

Almost 3 years ago, I did a Podcast with Scott Iardella.  I’ve since done another more recent one with him, and one of the fun things sometimes of doing these Podcasts is if the questions are novel or unique, I wind up talking about things or using explanations/analogies that I’ve never used before.  One of the more […]

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  • July 8, 2016

Random Thoughts from Spin Class

So today I went in to take Thomas Phillips’ spin class at Fit For Life in Marlboro.  Here are my random thoughts…………. The first spin class I ever took was a few years ago when Equinox bought Soul Cycle.  Equinox sent me there to take a class, meet the owners, and give feedback. I very […]

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  • May 1, 2016

T=R: The ACL Edition

What is your opinion on when athletes should return to strength training following an injury?…..not talking about the…..acute or subacute phase….but once the athlete engages in physical training, and the goal of the rehab becomes strengthening? I think strength training starts relatively immediately, as in later in the day of surgery maybe if they aren’t […]

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  • April 7, 2016

Random Thoughts

I think this set of notes goes back as early as the Fall maybe around when we got back from Mexico with Canada Basketball. For the first time someone reading one of these types of post, it is just a random amalgamation of notes that I jot down throughout my days that either don’t make […]

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  • April 5, 2016

Massage Therapy or Physical Therapy School?

Many years ago, I talked about this topic, and it got a lot of run particularly in the Strength & Conditioning worlds when I said you should/could just take $85,000 and spend it on massage therapy school and continuing education. I’m pretty sure even at that time I was solid in suggesting that this is […]

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  • February 14, 2016

Some Tidbits

Below is an edited e-mail response to a client who has his Strongman Pro Card and is on his way to going to PT school.  I actually have a lot of clients that double dip on working with me as they ask questions and use the choices we make in rehab and training as the […]

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  • January 24, 2016

Patella Mobility Norms

Is there a standardized objective amount of …medial and lateral patellar mobility, or do orthopedic therapists pretty much just reference the non painful side? Aka…what is “normal”?     I don’t think there are any standards (if there are I don’t know), and using the other side may actually be a very poor choice. In […]

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  • January 12, 2016