Category Archives: Balance

Variations of the Pallof Press

  As you probably already know if you follow my blog, the Pallof Press is one of my favorite exercises for improving core stability. It’s basically an anti-rotation exercise can be modified to suit any ability from frail elder to elite athlete. Since the spine remains stationary throughout the exercise, I’ve used it successfully with […]

How To Optimize Your Squat Technique

Optimizing your squat technique! Whether you’re an elite athlete training for a sport or an elderly adult who wants to maintain an independent lifestyle, being able to squat with correct technique is imperative! With proper squat technique, you’ll maximize the benefits of the exercise while minimizing your chance of injury. Benefits of Squats Squatting is […]

Winter Running Tips

For runners who live in northern climates, learning how to run on snow and ice is a necessary skill unless you want to be confined to a treadmill for several months out of the year. Running outdoors in winter has many advantages: fewer people on the trails, getting fresh air and exposure to sunlight (even […]

Osteoporosis Exercise Guidelines

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian post-menopausal women are at higher risk. Bone is living tissue that is constantly remodeling itself: breaking down the old and being replaced with new (which is how we are able to recover from fractures). Osteoporosis occurs […]

5 Benefits of Barefoot Training

Barefoot and minimalist training has become all the rage over the last few years, especially among the running community. As a certified Barefoot Training Specialist who specializes in corrective and post-rehab exercise, I must remind you that barefoot running and barefoot training are NOT the same thing (though folks who are interested in transitioning to […]

Personal Training for Older Adults

As a professional Personal Trainer who specializes in special populations, corrective exercise, and orthopedic post rehab, I have been offering personal training for older adults in the Minneapolis area since 1997. While this is not the only population I work with, it has become a bigger part of my client base over the last 6-8 […]

What Are Your Fitness Goals for 2015?

What are your fitness goals for 2015? Are they the same as last year (meaning, you didn’t accomplish what you hoped you would)? Consider learning more about goal setting for success and how to set SMART goals. If you didn’t achieve what you set out to accomplish last year, why not? What’s going to make […]

How Much Exercise Do I Need to Do to Get Results?

One of the things that I ask prospective clients during their initial consultation or fitness assessment is how much time they are willing to devote to their exercise program? This isn’t how often they’re going to meet with me; this is how often they are actually going to engage in meaningful physical activity appropriate for […]

How to Transition to Barefoot Running

As a professional Personal Trainer who specializes in corrective exercise and orthopedic post-rehab, I get my share of dinged up runners seeking to get back in the game. Most of them have the classic muscle imbalances in their hips, core, and lower extremities that lead to injury. Many of them are kicking off their traditional […]

Improve Your Balance With the Foot Tripod Exercise

Here is a simple exercise that is suitable for all ages and abilities that can improve your balance and strengthen the intrinsic muscles in your feet: the Foot Tripod exercise. I use this with my elderly clients who want to improve balance, my post rehab clients whose balance is sometimes impaired after surgery or injury, […]