Posts in "Assessment"

A Common Mistake People Make With Thoracic Extension

Thoracic (mid-back) extension is kind of a big deal. Without turning this into an anatomy lesson, t-spine extension is important for a variety of reasons. In no particular order: It’s what the mid-back (T1-T12) is designed to do.  However, due to the long hours many of us tend to accumulate at work and at home… Read more

Stretch the Tight?

Note From TG: It’s July 4th. I’m in Maine. There’s no way I was writing a new post today, so I decided to repurpose the post below. It coincides with Dean Somerset’s Ruthless Mobility, which is currently on sale at half-off the regular price. The sale ends TODAY. Toodles!  I started with a new client… Read more

3 Unconventional Ways to Move Better

Counting today’s post, four out of my last five entries have had a number included in the title. That’s never happened before. Wanna know what else I’ve never done? Gotten a speeding ticket. Tried calamari. Deadlifted 2000 lbs. Cried to the movie Notting Hill. Nevertheless, in conjunction with Dean Somerset putting his Ruthless Mobility resource… Read more

The Difference Between Good and Bad Stiffness

Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about muscles here. Having “tight” or “stiff” muscles is often viewed as a bad thing. Not Jillian Michaels trying to teach a kettlebell swing bad, but bad nonetheless. And, truth be told, it can be. When someone presents with a (true) muscular length limitation there are… Read more

3 Questions to Assess Your Clients’ Willingness to Change

You may have heard I’m traveling in Europe. Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Canadian health and fitness professional, Dave Smith. He shares some excellent advice on how we can better assess our clients’ willingness to change. Have you ever had a client who was extremely eager to jump into the health and fitness lifestyle?… Read more

A Thoughtful Discussion on Low Back Sparing Strategies. Actually, Less “Thoughtful” More “Meandering”

I often joke that “lifting weights isn’t supposed to tickle.” When you’re pushing, pulling, carrying, thrusting, and otherwise hoisting things around for the heck of it…you’re bound to end up with a few bumps and bruises along the way. Honestly, I can’t think of the last time my body was 100% devoid of any type… Read more

The Power of Test, Re-Test: How to Supercharge and Add Value to Your Assessment

During the Complete Hip & Shoulder Workshop in Seattle last weekend I spoke on the importance of the test/re-test concept with regards to assessment. It’s nothing fancy or elaborate. You test something – whether it be range of motion or maybe a strength discrepancy – implement a “corrective” modality if something’s deemed out of whack,… Read more

Building the Squat From the Bottom

We all know that squats are a staple movement that span the gauntlet when it comes to helping people get stronger, leaner, and faster. Blah, blah, blabbidy, blah. That’s all well and good. But lets be honest. Squats also help build bodacious bottoms. Photo Credit: Max Planes There’s a reason why no one has ever… Read more