Posts in "Assessment"

32 Random Thoughts On Training

A few days ago my good buddy, Mike Robertson, posted an article up on his blog titled 31 Random Training Thoughts. It was fantastic and you should take the time to read it. I liked the idea so figured I’d take some time today to toss my hat into the ring and showcase some of… Read more

Is Corrective Exercise Overrated?

We got a doctor in the house! Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dr. Evan Osar, a Chicago based chiropractic physician and coach, and someone I’ve been a huge fan of since reading his first two books Form and Function and Corrective Exercise Approach to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction. His latest resource (a course, really),… Read more

When To Progress an Exercise: Muscle Confusion is Wack

“How do you know when to progress an exercise whether it be increasing load or implementing a different exercise altogether?” Photo Credit: EliteFTS This is a question I receive a lot from other trainers and coaches, as well as many of the athletes and clients I work with on a daily basis. And to be… Read more

Feed the Dysfunction: A Simple Squat Fix

A few months ago I wrote about my experience participating in the Functional Movement Screen. I spent an entire weekend (something like 20 contact hours) completing both module I and II. I didn’t get a t-shirt, but it was an awesome learning experience nonetheless. You can read all about it HERE. One of the chief… Read more

Assessing Our Assessments: Shoulder Flexion

Assessment. It’s a powerful word. A daunting word. A ten letter word. A word that means different things to different people. But the word itself implies you’re assessing something. So, what is it? Well, given this is a fitness website it stands to reason that when I say the word “assessment” I’m not referring to… Read more

Defending Spinal Flexion: It’s Not Always the Evil Step-Child We Make It Out to Be

No offense to my future wife (t-minus 37 days until the big day), one of the greatest days of my life was the day I got my first Atari 2600 My game of choice: Defender. The premise was/is simple: your planet is under invasion by waves of aliens and it’s your mission to “defend” it,… Read more

What I Learned Taking the FMS

This is what I looked like last Sunday after spending three days and 20 course hours taking the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) I & II modules. That’s my face melting. It sounds (and looks) like a bad thing, but I assure you it’s the exact opposite. Sitting through 20 hours of anything can be daunting. Sitting… Read more

What We’re Really Saying When We Discuss Breathing

I read a recent article by my good friend, Jordan Syatt, on the Personal Trainer Development Center’s website titled No One Ever Got Better Solely From Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and I liked it for two reasons: Photo Credit: Shawn Rossi 1. It’s a message that needed to be said. Breathing drills (and to be more… Read more