Posts in "Assessment"

Feed the Dysfunction: A Simple Squat Fix

A few months ago I wrote about my experience participating in the Functional Movement Screen. I spent an entire weekend (something like 20 contact hours) completing both module I and II. I didn’t get a t-shirt, but it was an awesome learning experience nonetheless. You can read all about it HERE. One of the chief… Read more

Assessing Our Assessments: Shoulder Flexion

Assessment. It’s a powerful word. A daunting word. A ten letter word. A word that means different things to different people. But the word itself implies you’re assessing something. So, what is it? Well, given this is a fitness website it stands to reason that when I say the word “assessment” I’m not referring to… Read more

Defending Spinal Flexion: It’s Not Always the Evil Step-Child We Make It Out to Be

No offense to my future wife (t-minus 37 days until the big day), one of the greatest days of my life was the day I got my first Atari 2600 My game of choice: Defender. The premise was/is simple: your planet is under invasion by waves of aliens and it’s your mission to “defend” it,… Read more

What I Learned Taking the FMS

This is what I looked like last Sunday after spending three days and 20 course hours taking the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) I & II modules. That’s my face melting. It sounds (and looks) like a bad thing, but I assure you it’s the exact opposite. Sitting through 20 hours of anything can be daunting. Sitting… Read more

What We’re Really Saying When We Discuss Breathing

I read a recent article by my good friend, Jordan Syatt, on the Personal Trainer Development Center’s website titled No One Ever Got Better Solely From Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and I liked it for two reasons: Photo Credit: Shawn Rossi 1. It’s a message that needed to be said. Breathing drills (and to be more… Read more

Do Assessments “Need” to Be New and Exciting?

I’ve been doing a lot more traveling this past year.  Some for pleasure, mostly for work, but sometimes I’m fortunate and get to combine the two which is always cool. In the past two months alone I’ve been to Cortland, NY (which doesn’t really count since that’s basically my home town), Fargo, North Dakota, and… Read more

How Deep Should I Squat?

Perusing the internet can be comical.  LOLcats, Buzzfeed, and Star Wars parodies aside, where I find the most comedy (or to be more precise, the most chest thumping, blatant lies, and fibbing) are in various training websites and forums. It seems everyone on the internet – at least in training circles – is either some… Read more

How Deep Down the Rabbit Hole Do We Really Need to Go?

Today’s topic has been something that’s been festering in my brain for a while now, and it’s only been within the last few weeks where I felt the need to put something down on paper. Or in this case, down on keypad. To save face, you can relax….it has nothing to do with Tracy Anderson… Read more