Are High Heels Worth It?

Believe it or not, one of the first things I do with female clients of mine who come to me with back pain is to get them to stop wearing high heeled shoes all the time. I know there are many men out there cursing my name after having read that, but well…..so be it…. Read more

Don’t Worry About Minutia

Minutia: small or trivial details. Setting diets up based on percentages just doesn’t make sense (think The Zone Diet). When someone places protein, carbohydrate, or fat requirements in terms of percentages for a diet, it doesn’t necessarily have any relevance to what that person actually needs. A diet consisting of 30% protein may be too… Read more

Christmas in August?

For the past five years I have had the opportunity to work at various types of gyms/facilities. Some good, some bad. And by “bad,” what I really mean is Bally Total Fitness. I keed I keed. Seriously though, that place stinks. Right now I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I remember back in… Read more

Low Back Shenanigans (2 of 4)

Dr. Stuart McGill is smart (or is it smaht?). In any case, he’s essentially the world’s expert when it comes to lower back health and performance. Below is part II of a series of “tidbits” that my good friend Eric Cressey jotted down the last time we listened to Dr. McGill speak. Pay attention gym… Read more

Does Stretching Improve Flexibility?

Everyone always talks about how stretching/lengthening our tissue (muscles) is the best thing you can do to increase your range of motion and improve flexibility. I don’t agree. A good example would be someone who is in anterior pelvic tilt; about 95% of the population: In this example, we see a predictive pattern of tight/overactive… Read more

Low Back Shenanigans (1 of 4)

This is from my good friend (Eric Cressey’s) blog. 80% of people in the US will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in time. Most (read not all) physicians and/or physical therapists are totally clueless when it comes to treating low back pain. Luckily we have Dr. Stuart McGill, who is… Read more

This Isn’t Social Hour

It stands to reason that I have seen a lot of dumb things throughout my years working as a personal trainer (BOSU balls anyone?). I would go so far to say that a see something on a daily basis that makes me scratch my head and think to myself, “why?” I’d also go so far… Read more

Do Your Single Leg Work

This is probably the most important component that people forget about or are just too lazy to incorporate into their programs. Single leg work (think lunges) serves several purposes. It helps to fix any weaknesses or imbalances that may exist between one limb or the other (in this case, one leg being stronger or weaker… Read more