Movement Pattern 6: Overhead Squat

The overhead squat: This movement pattern is one of the most comprehensive movements you should be asked to complete when determining your overall functional ability baseline. Squat down so your knees go below parallel, arms & knees do not move forward past the toes, and the back is in the same angle as your tibias (lower leg bones) We are talking entire trunk extension and shoulder mobility, hip/knee/ankle range of motion PLUS each…

Running Form – Should You Change?

Let me start by welcoming Collin Trent to this site. I have known Collin for a long time and have always recognized him to be an active individual. He has played soccer for many years, been involved in weight training, exercise and overall wellness in general. Most recently, Collin has been a very consistent runner. He has posted some great times in half and full marathons and has experimented with…

Running Form – To Heel Strike or Not To Heel Strike…

To heel strike or not…that is the question. A running cadence of 85-90 strides/minute (170-180 steps/minute) has been widely accepted to be ideal for runners – This is a pretty fast pace! The reason: Less time with your foot on the ground = less slowing down of your body. Contact time on the ground creates more friction which slows you down. Once in motion, running is a perpetual action that…

Core Stability & Back Pain

This post I would like to address the fundamental rationale for core stability training, as it relates to back pain.  Also, I intend to explain how muscular imbalances contribute to low back pain, specifically.  As a PT, my objective is always to give individuals exercise prescription that relates to his/her intended functional demands – walk, sit, stand, lift/carry, household demands, or athletic endeavors (to name a few) without pain or compensation. …

Where Does Knee Pain Come From?

At all levels of fitness, everyone has his/her own exercise capacity.  This is the point at which movement quality begins to falter and breakdown can occur. This is always true.  When you run or lifts weights or perform abdominal crunches, it is VERY apparent when you are tired and just can’t go any further.   Most of the time, however, where the movement quality begins to breakdown is subtle and not easily…