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The Change Challenge

The Change Challenge For the Next Twelve Training Sessions Go into any gym and you will see people working their biceps and pectoral muscles one day, deltoids and triceps the next day, and occasionally some form of leg press or knee extension for a leg day.  This “muscle isolation” training comes from the drug enhanced world of bodybuilding.  For the average fitness client and any athlete, isolating muscles is of little value.  The muscles are slaves to the orders sent from the brain.  Your brain recognizes movement patterns--crawl, hip hinge, squat--not individual muscles.  The drivers of performance and fitness are the neural and hormonal changes produced by exercise.  Isolation exercises dampen that neural response.  For many fitness clients, isolation exercise…

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October 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara discusses training muscles that you don't always think about training.  Video of the exercises he demonstrates is available on our youtube channel. He also discusses head pain after exercises and ways to control it.  Jeff Tirrell writes about fats and their caloric content. Download Here

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Combating Cumulative Compression

Combating Cumulative Compression Look At Your Life and Make Some Changes Ron had back and hip pain that was created after he lifted a ladder out of his truck.  Further questioning revealed that Ron had been Olympic lifting twice a week, using a rowing machine once a week, and worked as carpenter five days a week.  Ron sat in a truck seat for at least ten hours a week.  Ron placed his lumbar spine under a compressive load nearly everyday of the week.  Lifting the ladder was simply the activity that created the final stressor that pushed his spine into pain. Megan had leg and hip pain.  She had an MRI that displayed a bulged lumbar disc, and prior treatment…

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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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Recruit More Glute

Recruit More Glute Wake Up Your Gluteals With Stick Bridges The muscles that cover the back and side of our hips are called the gluteus maximus and medius. The “glutes” are the primary drivers of human propulsion and power production. Properly functioning gluteals protect your knees and lumbar spine from injury. Unfortunately, many people have glutes that operate at less than optimal levels. “Gluteal amnesia” is the term used by physical therapists and strength coaches. Nearly all back and knee pain patients require restorative glute training. Most fitness clients are unaware of how much better they can function after dedication to a glute activation program. Read the rest of this article and watch the video for a demonstration of a…

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February 2019 Newsletter

Learn how to keep your shoulders healthy in Mike's article, "Graceful Shoulder Aging". Jeff Tirrell gives some practical advice on how to train, and Mike explains the importance of changing your fitness routine. Download Here

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