Posts in "Assessment"

Neck Pain and Headaches: The Link and How To Find Relief

Whenever one of my clients or athletes walks in and starts to say something to the effect of “hey, my neck is really bothering me…..” ….I immediately put my fingers in my ears and start yelling “lalalalalala, I can’t hear you.” Okay, kidding. Neck stuff can be tricky if not terrifying, and I know my… Read more

The Peculiar State of Fitness Assessments

Assessment. For all intents and purposes most people don’t like the feeling of being judge – especially by complete strangers. However, when it comes to working with a coach or personal trainer for the first time, an “assessment” is pretty much standard procedure; a means to an end with regards to collecting data to better… Read more

Bottoms-Up Squat Patterning Is the Jam

I was livid. Not long ago I had a female client come in for an initial assessment and she divulged to me the previous coach she had worked with, in not so many words, inferred she was “dysfunctional” and that she’d likely never be able to perform a decent squat. What kind of BS is… Read more

The Rotator Cuff and Boy Bands

Hey there. If you’re a human being reading this blog post it’s a safe bet you 1) have impeccable taste with regards to the strength coaches you choose to follow 2) have a pair of shoulders and 3) are likely interested in keeping them healthy and thus performing at a high level in the weight… Read more

The Gym Is a Pain In My Neck: Two Movements To Cure Them All

When it comes to neck pain, as a strength coach, I (generally) don’t touch that with a ten-foot pole. It’s case dependent of course, but more often than not, if someone I’m working with walks in with a some significant discomfort in their neck I 1) start hyperventilating into a paper bag and 2) immediately… Read more

The 411 On Plantar Fasciitis and How to Make It Vanish

I’m currently with my family taking a little vacation down in Florida. I’ll be checking in at some point this week with some content, but on the meantime I’ve got some awesome people pinch-writing for me this week. Today’s post is written by physical therapist Dr. Michael Infantino on a topic that’s a pain in… Read more

How to Fix Scapular Winging

Scapular winging. It’s a thing. I guess.   Forgive the aloof and standoffish tone. I recognize the term “scapular winging” is a thing and that it can be an actual, real-live, medical diagnosis with dastardly consequences. But more on that in a minute. It’s just that, in some ways, I find a lot of fitness pros… Read more

You’re Not Broken If You’re Asymmetrical. You’re Normal.

One of the more flagrant”mic drops” I toss down whenever I speak to a group of fitness professionals is that forcing people to adopt a symmetrical stance while performing basic lifts such as deadlifts or squats is more likely hurting people rather than helping them. In fact, I’ll go a step further and tell them symmetry… Read more