Category: Exercise

September 29

Important Muscles for Runners to Foam Roll

Below are a group of muscles that every runner should foam roll prior (to increase blood flow) to your run and also after to improve blood flow/ speed up the recovery of the muscle. Calves – help control plantar flexion and dorsiflexion of the foot. These muscles allow to push off the ground and propel…

July 26

6 Resistance Band Exercises That Will Make You Stronger with Men’s Health

Feel the burn—without the back pain BY  EMILY ABBATE There are few things less sexy than having back problems (something I know all too well). You feel old. You feel out of commission. You feel totally and utterly hopeless. But what if we were to tell you that there’s a way to alleviate some of…

July 20

7 Ab Strengthening Moves You Can Perform With Back Pain

Article for Men’s Health by Emily Abbate In the summertime, six-pack abs are just as desirable as a cold six-pack of brews. But if you’re one of the 80 to 90 percent of Americans affected by back pain at some point in their life, crushing ab workouts is much more difficult than crushing Bud Heavies.…

June 14

Tips for anterior hip tightness:

As we know, prolonged sitting has many effects on the body, and so many people spend so many hours sitting! One common complaint is tightness and lack of mobility in the hips. When the body is positioned with the hips and knees at 90 degrees, the muscles in the front of the hip shorten and…

March 30

Foam Rolling for Recovery

Doctor of Physical Therapy Daniel Giordano demonstrates how to properly use your foam roller, for a full body warm up. 

February 6

TRX Squat holds and Hip/Ankle Mobility.

TRX Squat holds and Hip/Ankle Mobility Do you have trouble sitting into a squat and tend to force our knees forward to get our hips backward? That can be indicative of several things (which can be a story for another time) but is usually a result of our body not being comfortable in that range…

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January 25

Banded Hip Stepping

As Katie discussed earlier this week, hip abductor/extensor strength is essential for single leg stability. Banded step exercises are an excellent way to address hip abductor/extensor weakness, as you are able to address multiple fibers of hip musculature through various sideways/diagonal angles. Note, the non-moving leg is doing a good deal of work as well,…

January 23

Pistol Squat.

Pistol Squats are an important single leg movement that requires core and hip stability in order to keep the trunk upright through the movement. Since our movement depends primarily on our ability to support ourselves on one leg and we don’t hop around like kangaroos, this can help to improve our movement in walking and…

January 18

Dumbbell Thrusters.

Dumbbell Thrusters are a good whole body exercise that targets the shoulders, core, and hips, which help to encourage power generation through the hips. Dividing the thruster into two movements makes it much simpler: a front squat into a push press. You’ll start with the weights perched on the front of your shoulders with your…

January 17

Whats Your Number?

How many hours per week are you spending on your phone? This week, @kharper369 decided to track the time spent in front of her screen, totaling to a whopping 14 hours and 38 minutes. That’s over half of a day, lost to her cell phone! What’s are the benefits of decreased screen time? Plenty, but…

January 12

Bear Crawl

Once establishing core control in supine, it’s time to move from the ground up. Over the years, I have been working to establish midline stability with my barbell lifts. But like many other athletes, I recently ended up with low back pain because I was skipping steps. According to standardized testing, I have all of…

January 11

The Overhead Squat.

The Overhead Squat is a great full body movement that requires shoulder, core, hip, knee, ankle stability AND mobility in order to complete the full movement. Any sort of limitation through any one or more of these joints will make this much more difficult!  You can do this with a broomstick or a PVC pipe…