Just Hang Out

How long has it been since you climbed a jungle gym or swung from the monkey bars? Hopefully, it was just yesterday or in the past week. Aside from it being a fun thing to do it can really have great benefits. Unfortunately for most people the only time they find themselves reaching overhead is when they are putting groceries …

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 …

The Importance of Being Cleanest

Gyms can be ideal environments for things to grow, and I do not mean just muscles. Germs and bacteria can thrive in exercise areas and locker rooms. It is important that where you exercise is cleaned on a regular basis. This does not mean just vacuuming or mopping floors but disinfecting the items people touch on a regular basis. Would …

The Fault in our Scars

Scars have the potential to cause trouble somewhere down the road. Not always but sometimes. To better understand how this might be, consider the function of our skin. What is it’s primary purpose? It is the largest organ of the body and plays a critical role in our survival. It is part of our immune system. Simply put, it keeps …

What We Do and Why We Love It

A hairstylist at a neighboring salon came to see me recently because of chronic right shoulder pain. It was just a little nagging sort of thing for the past few years, but lately, the pain grew to be too much. She couldn’t lift her arm higher than a few inches. Reaching back behind her, like reaching for a purse in …

Just a Number

I would love to have a conversation with a numerologist some time. Perhaps it is just my heightened awareness to the number 29, but it sure does seem to keep repeating itself at the certain landmark events of my life. For instance: I was born on September 29th. I got married on July 29th. My daughter was born on September …

Practicing Change

Since this past Sunday, I have been attending a six-day immersion course of anatomy and biomechanics in Vancouver BC. There are twenty-five people in attendance. Most of these professionals are physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and manual therapists from all over the world. I have attended this course numerous times yet each time I learn more than the one before. …

Trail of Breadcrumbs

In 1995, I was three years into my personal training career and was attending a fitness conference in New Orleans with a roommate. I sat in a lecture I was not planning to attend (it was my roommate’s turn to choose the lecture). As it turned out the subject was all about the importance of posture and muscular balance. How …

When One Joint Closes Another Opens

Movement is an amazing thing we are all capable of doing. Watch any “People are Awesome” video on YouTube, and you will be stunned at what the human form is able to do. Or watch any high-level athlete perform and notice how easy they make everything appear. When the body is highly conditioned and balanced, it is easier to perform …

The Confusion of Fusion

Here is a simple word problem. There is a group of ten people. Each person holds a fruit basket with six apples in each for a total of 60 apples. When they are told to begin, each person places an apple in someone else’s basket. They repeat this for the next five minutes. When the group stops how many apples …