Stretches for Lower Back Pain

If you’ve ever had pain in your low back, you’ve probably Googled stretches for lower back pain.  Stretching and/or massage can temporarily relieve lower back pain, but it’s often not the cure. With my clients who have been doing stretches for lower...

Should You Stretch Before Exercising

A question that I’m often asked is, “should I stretch before exercising?”  The short answer is no.  But stay with me if you’d like to know why………. First up, there has been research to show that stretching before a workout does...

Exercises to Help with Neck Pain

Neck pain seems to be plaguing my clients lately.  And the blog series I wrote about neck and shoulder tension are by far my most popular!  (Read those here after reading this one.) So for this blog, we’ll talk about one of the neck flexor muscles: the...

Reverse Plank Exercise

“I really should be better at this,” I thought to myself while at a conference a few months ago. It was a conference for personal trainers and the presenter had asked us to do the reverse plank exercise.  I was partnered with a guy who did his first.  His...

What is Rib Flare and Exercises to Help

Rib boobs. That’s what I’ve heard them called. When your ribs are sticking out, they’re out of alignment. They should lay flat inside your torso. This rib flare is a sign that your core muscles aren’t doing their job. Specifically, the deep core...

Side Plank to Spare Your Shoulder

Does your shoulder talk to you when you do the side plank exercise?  That’s a red flag that the core muscle that should be working during the exercise isn’t.  Here’s why you feel the side plank exercise in your shoulder. Side Plank Muscles Worked The...