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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 stabilizer, the transverse abdominis, and obliques. If the external obliques and/or transverse ... Read More
 

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
 

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