Posts in "Rehab/Prehab"

The “Why” and Why It’s Still Important to Get People Strong

Today I wanted to share a recent email exchange I had with a friend of mine, Mike Anderson, who’s a local personal trainer and strength coach here in Boston. Some of you might recognize Mike from the handful of guest posts he’e written on this site – namely HERE, HERE, and HERE. I’d highly encourage you… Read more

Why Are We Breathing Inefficiently (and What Are the Ramifications)?

Last week I wrote a quick synopsis of a staff in-service we participated in that consisted of  Michael Mullin stopping by for a few hours and proceeding to melt our faces off with the number of knowledge bombs he dropped regarding some of the “inner workings” behind the PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) philosophy. For those… Read more

What’s the Deal With Spondy? An Attempt to Solve the Riddle in Less Than 1500 Words.

Q: Hey Tony – I suffered a pretty severe L5 spondylolisthesis a couple years ago, and it took me nearly a year to recover.  I’m now back training again and feeling pretty good.  From what I’ve read, I realize I need to make sure I’m not in an anterior pelvic tilt position, so should I… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Slideboard Push-Up vs. Band

It’s no secret that I love push-ups and that I feel they’re an important component of any well-rounded fitness program. They offer a bevy of benefits ranging from improved upper body strength (pecs for days!), improved scapular kinematics, and core activation. As such, in relation to the last point, push-ups serve as an excellent assessment… Read more

How to Learn Functional Anatomy

Q: I need to improve my knowledge of functional anatomy (who doesn’t?). I know Cressey took a very comprehensive gross anatomy course down at UCONN as a grad student, but I was wondering how you approached improving this area in your based of knowledge? Was there a specific text that you used? Did you go… Read more

Is There Such a Thing As “Knee Friendly” Squats?

Not long ago I filmed a vlog about the difference between box squats and squats TO a box.  While to the casual fitness enthusiast there may be no differentiation between the two variations (a squat’s a squat, right?), these are probably the same people who feel PCs are the same thing as Macs. That’s just… Read more

Balls In Your Pants and Breathing Patterns

BOO-YAH – how’s that for an introduction! For many the topic of breathing patterns can be about as exciting as doing your taxes, so I figured I’d push the envelop a bit and use a catchy title to entice people to click on the link. And, it worked!  I win!! Don’t worry. Despite the risque… Read more

My Shoulder Hurts: The Finest Whine

Happy Sun’s Out/Guns Out Memorial Day everyone! Given that it IS a holiday – and the unofficial start of summer – I actually had every intention of NOT posting a blog today, and instead, do nothing but get my lift on and then follow that by eating copious amounts of dead animal flesh and high-fiving… Read more