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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 side plank specifically targets the Quadratus Lumborum (QL, pictured below) ... Read More
 

Quieting a Popping Hip Flexor

You’ve heard it:  that hollow clunk your hip makes during certain exercises. It doesn’t hurt, but good lord, it sure doesn’t sound good. You’ve probably heard that it’s a tight hip flexor muscle or tendon popping over the bone.  The solution must be to stretch your hip flexors, right?  Wrong. Read on to discover how ... Read More
 

Stop Doing These Exercises

“Stop exercising.” That’s something you would never expect a personal trainer to say, right? But in some cases, this has been my advice to my clients. I would never tell my clients to stop exercising all together because there is an appropriate exercise option out there for everyone.  But the challenge is to make the ... Read More
 

Rethinking Inner Thigh Strength

Once upon a time, I made a little video making the case for not strengthening your inner thighs. I recently watched it again and my advice is still on point.  However, I’ve been working with a client recently who has me rethinking inner thigh strength. If you want to watch the video for background information, ... Read More
 

Why Your Neck Tension Won’t Go Away

Isn’t it interesting how we know so many of our health indicators like blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, resting heart rate, etc, but when it comes to knowing how our joints should move, we don’t have a number to measure that.  We just simply say we’re not flexible or this area feels tight.   Do your ... Read More
 

Keeping Tween Girls Healthy for Sports

I’ve had several conversations with moms lately about their tween and teen daughters interest in fitness and sports.  Understandably so, the moms are concerned about alignment and keeping their tween girls healthy so they can remain active.  Preventing non-contact injury can be accomplished by improving alignment and establishing a solid foundation to build on. I’ve ... Read More
 

Why Strengthening Your Glutes Never Fails

You know that song, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor?  That keeps running through my head as I write this.  That’s because your glutes are seriously one of the most important muscle groups in your body.  Hey….if J.Lo can insure her gluteus maximus, it must be worth your while to understand why strengthening your ... Read More