Category Archives: Post Rehab

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 […]

Skill, Endurance, Strength

Do you want to avoid injury while maximizing your strength, conditioning, and weight loss results from your fitness program? Here’s how: Skill, Endurance, Strength. In that order. No exceptions. In other words… don’t load a faulty movement pattern. Skill Before adding load to an exercise, make sure you can do the movement pattern correctly. For […]

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 […]

Transverse Abdominis Activation

The transverse abdominis muscle is the deepest muscle in the abdomen and has a tendency to get weak in postpartum women, people with back pain, or any postural dysfunction. In other words, most people. Learning to activate this muscle is the starting point for many of my personal training clients – and it’s surprising how […]

How to Master the Hip Hinge

No matter what your age or gender, you need to be able to pick stuff up and put it down. Whether it’s a load of laundry, a small child, or a sack of groceries, people lift things (sometimes heavy things) and set them down again on a daily basis. To do this involves being able […]

Glute Activation Exercises

As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, weak gluteus muscles are one of the most common imbalances that I see in my practice. It is especially common in folks who spend lots of time sitting, no matter how active they are. Weak glutes can be a contributing factor to all sorts of problems, including low back pain, […]

How to Regress a Push-Up

Most of the new clients I see struggle to do a basic push-up correctly, yet they are frequently quick to want to move on to more challenging variations even though they aren’t ready. Men typically have more upper body strength than women, but push-ups are a total body exercise that actually rely more on core […]

Three Ways to Stretch Pec Minor

A tight pec minor muscle is a very common problem that I see in many of my clients, especially those with desk jobs or who spend too much time sitting. These are the folks with the forward head and rounded shoulder posture, who frequently complain of shoulder pain, headaches, or present with symptoms consistent with […]

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, […]