Avoid Knee Pain During Squats!

lower body Mar 05, 2016
 

Kristi asked me what she can do to avoid knee pain during squats.  There is so much information on the internet, in fitness magazines and with trainers at your local gym, that it’s hard to siphon through all of it and find what is best for you.  

I’ve put together a few...

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Neck Safety During Push-Ups

spine upper body Jan 30, 2016
 

Push-ups are hard! I know. 

So what do we do when something is hard? 

We slowly build up to it. We don’t throw ourselves into the exercise, doing as many repetitions as our workout buddy, who’s been doing 50 Push-ups a day for the past 20 years.

We’re smart. 

We...

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Shoulder Strength and Confidence in One Quick Exercise

posture upper body Jan 30, 2016
 

I love quick exercises that don’t require me to change into workout clothes or require a warm up of 20 minutes on the treadmill.

This is one of those exercises, that you can do anytime anywhere.  It will improve your posture, open your chest and strengthen your rotator cuff, which is...

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Hip Flexor Massage on the Foam Roller

lower body Jan 23, 2016
 

A little warning right off the bat: If this is your first time doing this massage THIS MAY HURT!

The foam roller is a great tool to strengthen the body, but even better at massaging the muscles and fascia that can get tight and restrictive.  They need to be loosened up to undo those pesky...

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Hip Flexor Stretch with the Foam Roller

lower body Jan 23, 2016
 

Hip flexors can often be an after thought in anybody’s normal stretch routine, but it’s actually one of the most important! Hip flexors have a critical role in controlling the stability and flexibility of your lower body. Tight hip flexors can lead to knee and ankle issues, as well as...

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Let Your Shoulders Hang Free! Why Fitness Expert Tips Aren't Always Right

posture upper body Jan 16, 2016
 

A pet peeve of mine is fitness trainers overusing training tips. A big one that I’ve found is when they tell you to, “Pull Your Shoulders Down.” Although it is good advice, because of all the sitting and typing we do these days, you don’t want it to run your life. You...

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Squeezing Your Shoulder Blades: Why Too Much Can Be A Bad Thing

posture upper body Jan 09, 2016
 

Squeezing your shoulder blades together or pulling the shoulders back is something taught and retaught for every exercise we seem to do. Overdoing it can be a bad thing, so we should try and find some middle ground.

If you have a very round upper back (think hump) then you do need to think of...

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Climbing Stairs Properly - Avoid Knee Pain

lower body Jan 09, 2016
 

I bet most of us don’t really think about how we climb stairs. It is just another part of our daily routine, like getting our coffee, or checking email. Sadly, the way we climb stairs can actually throw off our body balance, create knee pain, and even back pain. Just another thing to...

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How To Keep Your Rotator Cuff Healthy During Push-Ups

upper body Jan 09, 2016
 

Push-ups are one of the most common exercises out there. Almost every form of exercise includes some form of push-up, whether that’s yoga, Pilates, boot camp or personal training and strength conditioning. What’s great about them, is that they can easily be done at home without any...

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The One Shoulder Exercise That Dramatically Improves Your Posture

posture upper body Dec 12, 2015
 

If you have been following my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’ve talked about posture on more than one occasion. That’s because how we hold ourselves most of the time, is how our body develops. It starts innocently with a habit. Whether it’s the overuse of...

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