Most people start with the wrong jumps Are you ready to jumpstart your strength and force production? Look no further than plyometric training! But where do you begin? Here, Matt Casturo (from the Movement System) and I will walk you through the basics of jump training. Once you’ve mastered the basics, we’ll progress you along the plyometric continuum. Check out the blog, video, and podcast to learn more.Read More
Uneven Rib Flare – Fix it For Good
Why does my ribcage protrude on one side? If your rib cage appears extra pointy on one side compared to the other, it may NOT be a structural thing. In fact, the way you move (or don’t move) could be CAUSING that rib to appear flared, or protruded. If there is a movement cause, then is there a movement solution to the problem? YES! This post will teach you: – What a rib flare is – Why it’s only present on what side – How you can use breathing and exercise to improve it! Check out the post and video below to learn about it.Read More
What REALLY is Good Posture?
Is there such a thing? There’s a common misconception within the movement space that good posture is this one position that you must hold…all…the..time. But is that true? I THINK NOT. And that is one of many things that I discussed in this interview that I did on Jaw Hacks, a Youtube channel devoted to all things upper airway and breathing (a MUST follow). In this interview, we discuss a bunch of different things, ranging from: Simply put, you DO NOT want to miss this podcast. Watch the full video below: On the fence about committing the full 2 hours? Then watch this quick clip:Read More
Oblique Sit Press – EVERYTHING You Need to Know!
The best overhead press starting point? Overhead pressing is SUPER tough to learn. In fact, most people won’t have adequate mobility to either do an overhead press well, limiting its efficacy. Yet pressing overhead is an excellent muscle-building tool. Is there a better starting point? I think so. Enter the oblique sit overhead press. This pressing variation not only allows you to learn pressing overhead with fewer issues, but it actually is excellent and improves the mobility needed to press like a rockstar. Check out the video and post below to learn all about it!Read More
Top 10 Posts of 2021
The posts the fam loved the most! At the end of each year, I like to see what you wonderful folks loved! What the fam….recognized (fam). This year we went IN DEEP with biomechanics. A whole lotta pelvis especially, but also some feet and scapular stuff. If you want to learn more, then definitely check out this year’s top 10. Wishing you the best for 2022! 10. All About The Pelvic Floor My understanding and application of what the pelvic floor is doing as we move and breathe has become much more refined. This post is the best example of that. When you recognize that the pelvic floor contracts segmentally, you’ll look differently on exercise prescription. 9. Split Squat Biomechanics The split squat is an incredibly versatile exercise, and you can really vary it up if you grasp the biomechanical positions that occur as you move through the movement. This post provides a deep dive into this awesome move! 8. Maxillary Expansion Before and After 1 Year in the Crozat Appliance This year, I learned that there are three polarizing topics that you should not discuss with others: Religion Politics Upper airway treatments This post was by far my most controversial, where I outline what happened to myself after a year of being in the Crozat appliance. So far, the results have been pretty solid! 7. Core Training Do rib flares matter? Why do we stack and posteriorly tilt the pelvis? How should the core work as we walk? These were a few ofRead More
When Can I Run Again After an Ankle Sprain?
Ankle sprains are such a bugger and take some time to heal. But once you’ve let swelling and such run it’s course, when is it safe to run? We answer that in the video below. Here, you’ll learn my criteria and progression that I look for when having someone safely return to running. Watch and learn! Ankle sprain red flags The first thing you have to do after an ankle sprain is make sure you don’t have a fracture. There are these rules to follow called Ottawa Ankle Rules, which are a cluster of findings that would indicate getting some imaging done. These findings include: Inability to weight bear Pain within the viscinity of either malleolus If you have these findings, you most definitely need to get some imaging. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. But if you do not have these findings, move along to the next part 🙂 Returning back to running after an ankle sprain Running is merely a series of bounds (jumping from one leg to the other) for an extended period of time, so after an acute ankle sprain, we have to make sure components leading up to this go okay without any issues. To determine the course of action for this return, we can start from the most fundamental actions of the bound, then build our way up. The steps below are the progression that I use. You want to make sure that you have minimal increases in pain/swelling before moving ontoRead More
When You Only Feel Quad During the 90-90 Hip Lift
The Lewitt postion (or 90-90 hip lift) is supposed to target hamstrings and distal glute to drive hip internal rotation all…day…every…day. But what if you feel quads only? Is that okay? Uhhh….no fam. Find out in the video/post below what is going on here and most importantly, what the heck to do about it! Why are quads contracting during the 90-90 hip lift? The quadriceps extend the knee, but there is no “pure sagittal” movement. There is a rotational action through the knee joint as you drive extension. That rotation is tibal external rotation and femoral internal rotatio. Since the lewitt position aims to increase femoral internal rotation, the quads can compensatorily contract to drive internal rotation, but attempting to do so at the distal femur. This cheat could be because you are asking the individual to posteriorly tilt the pelvis against gravity. But fam, we want internal rotation at the proximal femur, so this action is likely not going to get you a whole lotta femoral internal rotation and subsequent sacral nutation. In fact, quad activity is often paired with lumbar extension in this case. So what is one to do? I’m glad you asked!!!! Other interventions to use when you feel quads during the 90-90 hip lift Your first line of defense will be to coach the snot out of this move. Make sure they can create a pelvic tilt without engaging abs as well as keeping the lower back flat on the floor. That can help yourRead More
Top 10 Posts of 2020
From upper airway to infrasternal angles, some of the best posts to consume on my site are right here!Read More
Top 10 Goodies of 2020
From tight hip flexors to cardio to sleep, check out the top 10 goodies of 2020Read More
Toe Touch, Big Toe Extension, and Snoring – Movement Debrief Episode 89
Movement Debrief Episode 89 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: Do I use a toe touch? What information does the toe touch tell me? Is being able to palm the floor desirable? How do I improve someone’s toe touch? How can big toe extension become limited? How does the first ray influence big toe extension? How does calcaneal position influence the big toe? How do I go about improving big toe extension? Are there any modifications to consider for hallux rigidus? What course of action should someone take who both snores and does not feel rested upon waking? What are some key hygiene measures to consider? What are key exercises to focus on? When should referral occur and who should you go to?Read More
Protected: Respiration Revisited for Newsletter Subscribers
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Protected: Practical Pain Education
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