Push-Ups!

The article has two distinct parts:
– an interesting discussion about proper push-up technique, and the muscle involvement and biomechanics of push-up variations
– a set of progressions (with video instruction) to help progress people to be able to do proper pushups. If you’ve struggled with them, or if your clients have struggled with them, you may find some new ideas here.

6 Exercises for Low Back Health

There are many causes of low back pain, and I’m far from an expert in most of them. But there is one cause in which I am quite well-versed: movements. As it turns out this is a very important one. Whether or not a person’s movement caused their low back pain, improving it often reduces their symptoms. I help people reduce their low back pain by training their movement: Stretching, strengthening, and ensuring proper form while they move. Considering that, it is probably starting to make sense for a personal trainer to be giving out advice about low back pain.

Movement Assessment for Skiers

Have you ever wondered if your movement on land was limited? That maybe that was limiting your ability to move well on skis? If yes, try the movements in this video. If you find that you have trouble with any of these movements, or that they feel differently from one side to the other, you have a limitation. The key to this approach is recognizing that there are both functional and structural alignment issues. Assessment and exercise are your best option if the problem you have is functional. If the problem is structural, then that will not completely address your problem. Structural problems should be corrected with boot alignment.