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Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube

Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube Push Up Position Planks The center of the body is a cylindrical tube of interwoven muscle and fascia.  On the top and bottom, you have the diaphragm and pelvic floor.  The sides are reinforced by the oblique muscles and across the front by the rectus and tranverse abdominus muscles.  These muscles work together to create pressure inside the cylinder.  The tension capacity of our “anatomical inner tube” allows us to lift, carry, push, and pull loads that would overwhelm any single joint in the spine.  Developing better tension strength will improve athleticism and reduce injuries.  One of the best exercises to improve tension strength is the Push Up Position Plank. Push Up Position Planks –…

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Four Stages of Physical Development

Four Stages of Physical Development In this era of technology, we are seeing some scary trends.  Children are becoming more and more overweight and obese and at earlier and earlier ages.  While children are becoming more fluid on phones, tablets, computers, and games, their physical IQ is plummeting to scary levels.  On top of this, you have more and more parents pushing their kids into year-round athletics and specializing in a given sport at earlier and earlier ages.  This leads to a further lack of development of a broad range of physical capabilities and an increase in overuse injuries.  Physical Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons are seeing more and more young clients with over use or other preventable injuries.  The athletes…

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Morning Exercise Habit

Morning Exercise Habit Success in any fitness program is based on consistency.  Train, eat, sleep, repeat produces amazing results if carried out over a long period of time.  Several studies have found that those of us who exercise in the morning miss fewer workouts and are more dedicated to a fitness lifestyle.  When you exercise in the morning no unscheduled life events have a chance to develop which often happens when you work out in the afternoon.  While everyone else is dozing, you can train and no one misses you at home or work.  It takes the guilt out of spending time on yourself instead of tending to the needs of your family, work, and home. Many people look at…

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June 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara shares exercises to improve spinal rotation.  Jeff Tirrell tells how to build better goals, and Mike tells you what you need to know about lumbar surgery. Download Here

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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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