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May 2019 Newsletter

In this month’s issue, Mike O’Hara tells you which exercises to do to preserve your knees. We learn how reaching fitness goals can have its ups and downs in “The Straight and Narrow”. Jeff Tirrell tells the importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Download Here

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Mantis Maker

Mantis Maker When we crawl, walk, and run, our limbs work in a reciprocal pattern to propel us through space. The muscles in the middle of the body conduct force from the hip to the opposite side shoulder. Unfortunately, age, injury, and sedentary lifestyle can hamper control of reciprocal limb movement. If you lose this primal movement pattern, then posture, movement efficiency and respiration become impaired. Performing the mobility stick dead bug on a regular basis will restore reciprocal movement, normalize posture, and resolve pain. Mobility Stick Dead Bug Lie supine on the floor. Lift the legs up to 90 plus degrees hip flexion with the knees bent to 90 plus degrees. Place a short mobility stick between the right…

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Be A Betta Pilla!

Be A Betta Pilla! The limiting performance parameter during an overhead press is often core stability strength. If you lack the capacity to keep a solid pillar under the load being lifted, your brain will shut down the exercise. A simple drill that will improve core stability during an overhead press is the half kneeling mobility stick overhead press. Half Kneeling Mobility Stick Overhead Press Place the right knee down on an Airex pad. Plant the left foot in front of the left hip with the tibia--lower leg bone--perpendicular to the ground. Tighten the left gluteals and keep the left foot pushed firmly into the ground. The toes of your right foot should be solidly positioned on the floor. Hold…

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The Roof Is On Fire–Stop Mowing The Lawn

The Roof Is On Fire--Stop Mowing The Lawn Mother Teresa once said, “In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” This concept has carryover to virtually every aspect of our lives, but especially nutrition and fitness. I often find myself working with our nutrition coaching clients to stop “mowing the yard when the house is on fire” as Precision Nutrition puts it. We tend to try to do too much, too soon, and focus on overly complicated things when there are simpler things we could address that will lead to even better results. People obsess about things like activated charcoal, pink Himalayan sea salt, trace chemicals in their food, whether 3…

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Tiger Questions

Tiger Questions The resurgence of Tiger Woods’ golf performance has produced questions on the merits of spinal fusion surgery.  Fitness clients and physical therapy patients have heard that Mr. Woods had his lower lumbar vertebrae surgically fused and is now doing well.  Recent articles in the *New York Times and **Wall Street Journal illuminate the good and bad of spinal fusion surgery and the changes it produced in Tigers’ golf game.  Spinal fusion patients are frequent costumers in the physical therapy clinic.  Based on my long history treating post fusion patients, these are the answers I give in regards to spinal fusion surgery. Can You Do Your Part? Anyone considering lumbar spinal fusion needs to be ready to make a…

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Traveling Posterior Lunge

Traveling Posterior Lunge Pattern Practice Warm Up Improving and or maintaining movement skill should be a primary goal of any fitness program. Pattern practice is the term we use in physical therapy to describe training to improve movement. Ongoing dedication to many repetitions of a beneficial movement pattern builds the neuromuscular hardware that keeps the body graceful and injury resistant. The best pattern practice activities require a level of mental engagement. You most focus on the movement or you will not be successful. Read the article and watch the video for a demonstration of the traveling posterior lunge. Physical therapist Gray Cook uses the term “loaded yoga” to describe mindful movement training. The traveling posterior lunge is a drill that…

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