A Better Way to Foam Roll

Not long ago, I wrote a piece about the mistakes people make when they try foam rolling. I offered a different strategy when it came to rolling out the muscle tissue, based on foot pressure. Knowing where your body-weight travels down into your feet, tells a lot about the position of your structure and where you hold your tension. I …

Training Symmetry Creates Asymmetries

The purpose of strength training should be to encourage the entire body to have stronger, more controlled, and efficient movement with the least amount of restriction and wasted energy. The current approach found in most gyms often falls short of achieving this. The goal for many is to create symmetry: a balance of tension, shape, and size to the muscles. …

Going in Circles

When we are brand new to this world, our options for movement are boundless. It is like standing in a very long hallway with infinite doors going on forever. Each door represents some type of movement. However, every time we sustain a physical injury, an emotional trauma, or endure surgical procedures, a door closes. Eventually, over time, many, many doors …

Movement as Medicine

One of the more common injuries to the knee is tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL connects the top front portion of the tibia (shin bone) to the bottom rear part of the femur (thigh bone). Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bone to bone. Compared to muscles, ligaments stretch very little and do not …

Why I Respect CrossFit

I have been a New England Patriots fan all of my life. I remember watching them in the seventies and eighties when they rarely had a winning season and they were nicknamed the “Patsies.” However, for the past twenty years I have been in heaven! Five Super Bowl victories out of eight appearances. The team hasn’t had a losing season …

5 Mistakes of Foam Rolling

Here are 5 common mistakes people make when they begin foam rolling: #1. No Pain No Gain: The point of foam rolling is to rehydrate tissue, not to find the most painful place. When the brain experiences pain it commands the muscles to contract and protect. This is counterproductive and will not allow increased circulation. It will increase your heart …

Mechanics are to Structural Engineers as…

I feel a need to clear the air a bit. In previous blogs I have written about how doctors, although highly educated in surgical procedures, physiology, and pharmacology, are not educated in certain aspects of human motion and pain management. This is not a slam on the medical profession but merely an observation. Full body biomechanics and kinematic sequencing (how …

Physical Education: A Modern Contradiction

Did you know that in some public schools P.E. (Physical Education) is not required at every grade level but could be considered an elective? With childhood obesity at an all-time high, you might find the lack of importance placed upon PE participation as one of the root causes. However, when you look at what the PE programs are attempting to …

74 is the New 50!

I need to back up and explain how the Bridge class came about. Some time ago we recognized that there was a large information gap which exists between the time people are released from medical care (cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, physical therapy, etc.) and when they are advised to get a membership at a local gym to keep their exercise …

The Never Ending Question

Over the years I have been asked the same question by friends, family, clients and the media, “How many days a week should someone exercise?” It is a question that I refuse to answer. The underlying reason for the question is to find the minimal amount of movement needed to keep from gaining more weight and falling apart. It was …

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