Thoughts About Orthotics

I often get asked to share my opinion about orthotics. You know, that hard shell that people pay hundreds of dollars for and get from a podiatrist which slide into their shoes to build up their arches. They are encouraged to wear them all the time and are told that the devices should end all their troubles. The orthotics will …

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 …

Non-Contact Sports Injuries

San Francisco Forty-Niner football fans were sitting on cloud nine at the beginning of the 2018 NFL season. They had acquired quarterback, Jimmy Garopolo, from the New England Patriots at the end of the previous season. The hopes of turning the team into playoff contenders looked bright. Those lofty dreams appear to have crashed and crumbled away in week three …

Bay Crossing Revisited

I recently took a break from my weekly blog posts because all of my spare time had been devoted to organizing and accomplishing a different goal. This past Saturday, September 22, at 6:30 am, sixteen paddlers (8 stand-up and 8 prone paddlers) set out from the Santa Cruz Harbor on a journey across Monterey Bay in hopes of arriving on …

Look Here to Get Stronger

A few blogs back I wrote about the importance of vision and how it helps dictate posture and movement. In this blog, we will explore how the direction you look toward can help improve your strength. Considering that we receive 70-90% of the stimuli from the world around us through our eyes, it makes sense that our body would react …

Walk this Way

Developing an exercise program, without knowing how you move and what is missing in your movement, is just rolling the dice and hoping for the best.

Love your Feet

August 17th is National “I love my feet” day. How awesome!?! In the spirit of loving each little piggy here are a few things you might not know about the part of your body that touches earth more than any other, which you continually hide inside sweat socks and luxury earmuffs otherwise known as shoes.   By the Numbers: Each …

Playing the Percentages

When considering how the body moves, it may do well to think of it in terms of percentages. To travel in the most efficient manner from point A to point B, every joint must participate at an ideal percentage. Typically the larger the joint, the higher percentage of motion. The smaller the joint, the less of a percent of movement. …

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. …

The Eyes Have It!

Did you know that the only living tissue of the body exposed to the world are your eyes? Your hair, fingernails, toenails, and outer layer of skin are no longer living. With the exception of your eyes, all living tissue is protected by a barrier of dead cells. The eyes do so much for us it is hard to list …

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