Training, thoughts, and thoughts on training
Created 26 May 2021
  • How I evaluate back pain
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Back pain can be scary, and a big reason is 1) fear of the unknown and 2) confusing terminology. I’m going to walk through my back pain valuation process, try to give insights on what is known, and tr...
  • I hurt myself, now what?
    04 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Like I mentioned here, most injuries can be attributed to “training error.” Exposing yourself to too much volume, intensity, or volume AT intensity, before you are ready for it. What’s that mean? Let’...
  • Working Around Shoulder Pain
    02 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    When your shoulder hurts, you have two choices. 1) Avoid all the things that hurt, or 2) just push through it and hope it stops. Avoiding works since you don’t move it, eventually you only have a very...
  • How to Posture
    27 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Just writing these words makes me feel like a phony. But, I can’t bash postural stuff without giving an alternative. Why do I bash it? I don’t like the hyper-vigilance that it creates in people. The f...
  • Core Training - How to NOT waste time
    08 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Many associate back pain with poor core strength. They may be connected, but it isn’t as easy at 1 + 1 = 2. I’ve talked previously on what the “core” is (Link) and I’ve talked about back pain (link). ...
  • The Deadlift - How to NOT Hurt Yourself
    14 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    From a movement pattern perspective, the Deadlift is considered a hinge pattern. If you’ve never heard of a hinge pattern, that’s okay, it’s def heard of you. In a given day, you probably hinge hundre...
  • How to Squat
    06 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Front squat, back squat, goblet squat, sit in a chair, sit on the toilet, it doesn’t matter, they ARE ALL THE SAME THING. This is the 3 steps I care about when doing a squat assessment/teaching the mo...
  • My Go-to Shoulder Stretch Routine
    03 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    We did a self assessment in my previous shoulder substack (link). Two were ROM assessments. The neat thing about the shoulder is you can use elevation to improve rotation, and vice versa. I’ll cover m...
  • What is Pain?
    01 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    Pain is defined (by the people that study it) as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. The key word h...
  • Core Performance
    21 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Core strengthening is often the first line of defense for back pain since it’s preached that a weak core = back pain. I find this rarely to be the case. If you can get out of bed and stand, you don’t ...
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