My friend and one-time training partner Gary Valencia used to talk derisively about the concept of the “Weekend Warrior” – the 5 day a week Nine to Fiver who, come the weekend, engages in strenuous physical activity all weekend (as if he were a top-notch athlete in prime competitive condition). Of course, being a Captain […]
PRE-hab and Injury Prevention
Men’s Health magazine did a story some time back about bad trainers, the shining example being a trainer who pushed his client so hard that he developed exertional rhabdomyolysis, a condition where so much muscle fiber is broken down that the myoglobin from the muscle tissue clogs up the kidneys, ultimately causing kidney failure if […]
The Fast Way To Results.
What’s more important in terms of getting results from your workout program, technique or intensity? In other words, what matters more, working as hard as possible or performing the exercises as perfectly as possible? If you ask 100 trainers and/or exercise enthusiasts, I have no doubt in my mind they would answer that intensity is […]
Above: Don’t be this guy. Most of my clientle are damaged. By that, I mean (this figure is not meant to be accurate so don’t quote it) 90% of the individuals I work with sustained their particular injuries or ailments through mundane circumstances. For example, close to 100% of the folks I train with herniated […]
Injury Management: What To Do in The First 48 Hours.
There’s no other reason for a post of this nature – you guessed it, I hurt myself. The particular offender this time? Snowboarding. Step 1. Determine the nature of the injury. Identify the anatomical structures involved, the circumstances surrounding the incident. Interview the hurt individual, if possible, to determine what other complications may be anticipated. […]
This One’s for Gregory Huston – The Rotator Cuff.
I’ve already written a pretty extensive article on the rotator cuff (which can be found on my website, http://www.etfwellness.com/ ). However, I think the rotator cuff is one of those “rubber ducky” topics – you try to push it down, but it keeps bobbing back up to the surface. I like talking about the rotator […]
The "Holistic Effect" and its consequences
A perfectly crafted Rolex watch is a marvel of human engineering. Thousands of intricate pieces moving in unison towards an ultimate goal: the compartmentalization of time as a measurable unit. Which can be completely thrown into chaos with the inclusion of a single foreign grain of sand. Or a single drop of water. The human […]
Headaches are a pain in the neck.
Perhaps the most valuable advice I garnered from my time as a Superslow devotee is to use neck exercise as a way to combat headaches, both exercise-induced and otherwise. I can’t overstate how many times this little tidbit has rescued a training session. Cervical extension can be used as a preventive measure against exercise-induced headaches […]