Posts in "Assessment"

The Dubious D Word of the Fitness Industry

Here’s a hint: It’s not dorsiflexion, diastasis, disc herniation, or density set. And it’s also not deload, DOMS, or dorsal talonavicular ligament. <– say that three times fast. Nope, the most dubious “D” word I’m referring to and the word I wish more fitness professionals would use LESS is… …dysfunction. Stop It. Stop It Right… Read more

Static Posture: It’s Just Information

Posture. This is not an exhaustive blog on the topic. It’s more like an amuse bouche or bite-sized commentary on a pet peeve of mine: Fitness professionals who place waaaaay too much emphasis on it (often times to the detriment of the client/athlete). As well as a scenario where we might pay a little closer… Read more

Embrace Asymmetries For Improved Performance

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TG.com regular, Travis Hansen. It mirrors a sentiment I’ve been championing for a few years now: That we don’t have to start hyperventilating into a paper bag the second we notice asymmetry in our clients/athletes. It behooves us to maybe lean into it a bit more. Not always, of… Read more

Diagnosing Limiting Factors to Speed Development

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of long-time friend (and current Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins) Kevin Neeld. His new resource, Speed Training For Hockey, is now available. Kevin knows how to train hockey players. However, the information below can be applied to any athlete. In short: when it comes to making someone faster… Read more

Alignment Affects ROM

I had a new client start at CORE recently who, before we even met in person, let it be known that 1) he hated techno and 2) he hated squats. Well, why don’t you let me know how you really feel? Personally, whenever I email someone for the first time, my approach is to just,… Read more

Part III: Correcting the Knees and Ankles

It’s been a bit, but Part III of Kevin Mullins’ “Corrective Exercise” series is finally here. I’d sorta mirrors the anticipation everyone had for the Game of Thrones season premiere this past week, except not even close. Sorry Kev: dragons will always reign supreme over ankle dorsiflexion…;o) NOTE: Stressing the word “finally” above had nothing… Read more

Assessment: Can Your Clients Actually Do What You Want Them to Do?

There’s a lot that needs to be taken into consideration when assessing a new client. Their unique injury history (past and present), goal(s), training experience, time constraints, equipment availability, even their favorite 90’s tv teen drama (if it’s not Party of Five we can’t be friends)… …all are taken into account and cross-pollinated with my… Read more

Part II: Correcting the Lower Back and Hips

A few weeks ago my good friend and author of Day by Day: The Personal Trainer’s Blueprint to Achieving Ultimate Success, Kevin Mullins, wrote an introduction of sorts to the state of “corrective exercise” in the fitness industry. To summate: Stop it. Just stop. People still need to train in order to get better. He followed that up with… Read more