Pressing Through Your Heel Is NOT Flexing Your Ankle…

Can you?  "Feel Your Heels" And I don't mean "do you logically realize that you do, in fact, have a body part (the calcaneous) that is in the lay mans terms called to as the "heel". But, can you actually "feel" it? Like right now? Feel it, as in, manage not only the pressure on the heel but where the pressure is and maybe even alter the pressure points? And I'm NOT talking about flexing the ankle and pushing off the back edge of the foot. (More on that a bit later) But instead, just feeling and maintaining pressure in the whole heel. I'm willing to bet you can't. I know this because probably 80% of the people I train have trouble doing just … [Read more...]

Doing it Better: My Knees Hurt Edition

Most folks move more like this:  and less like this: There is nothing fluid, powerful, integrated, supple and athletic about their movement. In short order that's why your knee's hurt. It's not from the 3 inch knee bends "squats" with 100lbs on your back you did 15 years ago for 4 months in high school weight training class. Years of poor movement, lack of mobility, lack of strength, lack of power are usually the culprits. So how do we fix knee pain or at least train around it if it's not fixable (which is sometimes the fact of the matter, but not typically the case)? Follow some basic rules/ strategies: Initiate … [Read more...]

Why Everyone Learns to Squat

Virtually (not always if they don't stick around long enough) every client I train learns to squat. We're talking 90% or better, obviously I think it's important. So I was caught off guard a little this week when I got hit with this gem  by a "fitness professional" none the less (paraphrasing): "You know, you should only have experienced athletes squat because it's bad for the back and knees and it's non functional. I went to a seminar and learned there's just too much spinal compression to justify using it." at first I was in disbelief for these reasons: I just met this person an hour before. they told me every fallacy attached to the exercise in 2 … [Read more...]