Posts in "Assessment"

Textbook Technique and Why it Doesn’t Exist

It’s not lost on me that the title of this post will raise some eyebrows. The title shouldn’t be taken too literally, because I do feel there are ideal approaches, methodologies, and “rules” to consider when coaching any lift in the weight room. That said, when it comes to exercise technique (or human movement in… Read more

The Difference Between Good and Bad Stiffness

Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about muscles here…;o) The Difference Between Good & Bad Stiffness Having “tight” or “stiff” muscles is often viewed as a bad thing. Not losing a match of Squid Game bad, but bad nonetheless. When someone presents with a (true) muscular length limitation there are increased risks… 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 (remember when we used to be able to do that in person?) is that forcing people to adopt a symmetrical stance while performing basic lifts such as deadlifts or squats is more likely hurting people rather… Read more

Everything and Nothing Causes Low Back Pain

The topic of low back pain (LBP) – how to assess it, diagnose it, and how to treat it – can be a controversial one. I italicized the word “can” because I don’t feel it’s all that controversial. Pineapple as pizza topping or Katie not telling Greg she’s falling in love with him (when it’s 100% clear… Read more

A Tale of Two Squat Patterns: An Assessment Case Study

I know, I know. What a dry, bland, title for a blog post. But if I would have titled it what I wanted to title it: “That Time I “Fixed” Someone’s Squat In Five Minutes, BOO-YAH, God Damn I’m Good. And While I’m Here Bragging About Myself: Did I Ever Tell You About That Time… Read more

How to Address a Hip Shift During Your Squat

Do you exhibit a hip/weight shift (swaying to the left or right) when you perform a squat? It’s one of the more annoying things that can happen in the weight-room. It ranks somewhere in between people who don’t re-rack their weights and kipping pull-ups. Admittedly, it’s rather common and almost always a benign occurrence; most… Read more

How to Effectively Screen the Squat

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dr. Michael Mash. I have a legit man-crush on him ever since I’ve started diving into his online resource Barbell Rehab. As the name implies: Its mission is to help barbell athletes (and aficionados) overcome pain and improve performance WITHOUT being forced into “corrective exercise” purgatory. In a sense,… Read more

You’re Probably Not Broken

The fitness industry preys on dysfunction. It seeks out the broken, the weak, and the (seemingly) frail, chews them up, and then spits them out. One 24 session pack at a time. I hate it. I HAAAAAATE it. We need to do a better job at championing success and cementing the notion that (most) people… Read more