Posts in "Assessment"

The 411 On Plantar Fasciitis and How to Make It Vanish

I’m currently with my family taking a little vacation down in Florida. I’ll be checking in at some point this week with some content, but on the meantime I’ve got some awesome people pinch-writing for me this week. Today’s post is written by physical therapist Dr. Michael Infantino on a topic that’s a pain in… Read more

How to Fix Scapular Winging

Scapular winging. It’s a thing. I guess.   Forgive the aloof and standoffish tone. I recognize the term “scapular winging” is a thing and that it can be an actual, real-live, medical diagnosis with dastardly consequences. But more on that in a minute. It’s just that, in some ways, I find a lot of fitness pros… 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 is that forcing people to adopt a symmetrical stance while performing basic lifts such as deadlifts or squats is more likely hurting people rather than helping them. In fact, I’ll go a step further and tell them symmetry… Read more

Foam Rolling: This Is How We Roll

Foam rolling was never a “thing,” at least in mainstream fitness circles, until the early 2000’s. Since then it seems you can’t lift a weight or make a tuna salad without first taking yourself through a myriad of foam rolling drills to ensure “safety.” Do I have my clients foam roll? Yes. Do I feel… Read more

“Squat Like a Girl”

I hate the term “girl push-up.” I hate the connotation it breeds; that girls are weak and that they should do these kind of push-ups instead (performed from the knees). Coaches who use it are 1) lazy and 2) are definitely worthy of the stink eye. But what about squats? Is there such a thing… Read more

The “My Shoulder Hurts” Checklist

“Wha, what was that? Was that him?” It was 1:30 AM, maybe even 2:17 (it’s always a blur, sucky, and when it’s that late doesn’t it even matter?) as my wife nudged me to see if the baby was alright. I turned over to my left, peeled my eye open just enough to press the… Read more

Porcelain Post: The Birddog Exercise: Please, Start Coaching It Right

NOTE: the term “Porcelain Post” first came to fruition last year between Brian Patrick Murphy and Pete Dupuis. Without getting into the specifics, it describes a post that can be read in the same time it takes you to go #2. Huh, I guess that was more specific than I thought. Enjoy.   The Birddog Exercise:… Read more

My Go To Squat Progression For Pretty Much Everyone

Teaching a beginner how to squat well can be challenging. There’s no denying there are a lot of moving parts that can derail our best efforts to do so.   My intention of this quick-n-dirty post isn’t to break down the squat in its entirety. For that I’d encourage you to check out Greg Nuckols’… Read more