The psoas muscle comes up frequently with my clients. It may not be as well known as some other muscles like the pecs or hamstrings, but this low key muscle plays an essential role in movement and stability. Due to its attachment points, it can be involved in issues involving the hip, pelvis, and lower […]
Now that you’re an expert on how knee mobility affects squat form (you did read this already, right?), let’s dig into stability at the knee joint. Since the muscles that cross the knee joint primarily exert force in only one plane of motion (the sagittal plane), the side-to-side (a.k.a. medial/lateral) stability must come from the
This installment in the Squat Form Series will focus on mobility at the knee joint. Squatting with good form requires mobility into both flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) at the knee joint. In this article, I will describe the anatomy of the knee joint, the biomechanics as they relate to squat form, common limitations to
Starting from the ground up, this installment in the Squat Form series will focus on the ankle. In order to squat well, you must have adequate mobility and stability at the ankle to create a stable base to work from. Lots of people I see who have trouble squatting lack these necessary prerequisites at the
Squats have long been a staple in the strength and conditioning world. They are a core component of training programs for both novice lifters and competitive athletes. Despite how ubiquitous the squat is, most people lack a deep understanding of everything involved in the movement pattern and what it takes to have good squat form.
SAID stands for Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands and essentially states that the human body responds to the stresses placed upon it. In practice, this means that your training should aim to replicate your specific goal activity as closely as reasonably possible. The more closely your training matches your sport, the greater chance your progress
Most people have at least heard the term “rotator cuff” at some point. If you’ve ever rehabbed from a shoulder injury, there’s a good chance you’ve even done exercises targeting it. Despite this general familiarity, most people don’t have a good understanding of what the rotator cuff actually is OR what purpose it truly serves
Introduction to Barefoot Shoes There is a longstanding debate – primarily in the running community – surrounding barefoot shoes. Is it better to wear shoes that are cushioned and supportive? Thin and light? Or no shoes at all? Humans are obviously not born with shoes. Quite the contrary, most of human history was spent barefoot.
Paddling is an essential skill for surfing, but many beginner, intermediate, and even advanced surfers struggle to improve their surf paddling or feel held back by injuries and pain. The fact is, many surfers lack the prerequisite mobility and strength to paddle without placing undue stress on the back, neck, and shoulders. When paddling, multiple parts
Contrary to popular belief, the terms mobility and flexibility are not synonymous. They are actually distinct in both definition and their influence on performance. Flexibility is the term with which most people are familiar and often incorrectly use to describe mobility. Mobility is growing in recognition and can be divided further into active and passive. The distinction between