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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
 

Stretches That Are Making Your Posture Worse

I’m sharing a mistake I made because I’ve recently realized this mistake and am now correcting it. I used to have all my clients roll their upper back with a tennis ball.  It feels really good.  BUT: Stretching and rolling, whether with a tennis ball or foam roller, have the same purpose — to release ... Read More
 

When Your Lower Back Hurts for No Reason

When my client showed up for her training session she said, “We gotta do something about my lower back.” It’s so common to have random lower back pain when you have no idea what you did to it.  Whether you slept wrong or did too much gardening or just feel tight, here are some exercises ... Read More
 

Core Stability Improves Your Hip Mobility

If you spend time on social media, you know plank challenges are all the rage.  Have you ever considered what exactly the plank does for the core?  You know it makes it stronger when you do it correctly, but planks also stabilize all the core muscles.  Core stability is important not only for a great ... Read More