Sedentary lifestyles are an undesirable hallmark of modern society, affecting a significant proportion of the population. Prolonged sitting, (a form of sedentary behavior), has progressively become the norm with computerization in the workplace. These developments are not only detrimental to physiological health and well-being with rising levels of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, but also musculoskeletal health. Recent research findings have found an association between prolonged sitting (>8 hours a day) and increased neck, shoulder, and low back pain. This is why posture has become such a hot topic and what are the best exercises for a good versus bad posture! When we think about posture, it always brings us to thoracic spine mobility. Sedentary behaviors may induce a relatively stiff thoracic spine contributing towards the dysfunction in the adjacent spinal regions. This article will provide you with exercises to improve your thoracic spine mobility!
The Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the “Big Swing Muscle” or “Boxer’s muscle”, is an important muscle that helps optimize proper movement of our shoulders. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, but it is also needed for a plethora of arm movements; whether it be an open chain movement (punching/grabbing something out of the cabinet) or a closed chain movement (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Moreover, the serratus anterior is probably best known for its help in preventing scapular winging, which is when our shoulder blade abnormally moves away from our thorax during arm movements. This article will demonstrate the best serratus anterior exercises to improve activation and control of this very important scapular stabilizer!
What is Prehab? At some point, there's a solid chance you've asked yourself this question while experiencing our content on social media. It's important that we define what prehab is for you and more importantly, what prehab isn't as the term is loosely being applied to anything nowadays in the health and fitness space. In this article, you will learn what prehab actually is, the origins and expansion of prehab, and why we believe prehab is the ultimate long-term solution to your health and well being!
This article will demonstrate the 4 of the most undervalued exercises that I wish I had incorporated into my routine throughout my younger years. You learn from mistakes, but the mistakes don't have to be yours. These 4 most undervalued exercises are high-value movements that we have found to provide benefit to numerous clients and patients of ours. These are exercises that should be built into everyone’s program to some capacity. These exercises include 2 upper body and 2 lower body movements. For some, these exercises can be the meat and potatoes of a workout, while others may integrate these movements as part of their warm-up or end of workout burner. A little bit of prehab goes a long way! Don’t be that guy or girl that is going to say “I wish I did something about this earlier.” This article will provide you with the 4 most undervalued exercises that you should integrate today!
Are core exercises as important as we once thought? Several reviews have recently challenged the idea of improving core stability for the prevention and treatment of low back pain. There is strong evidence suggesting that stabilization exercises are no more effective than other forms of active exercise in the long term. That is not to say that core exercises have no utility, as I prescribe core exercises on a daily basis within the clinic. This article demonstrates a few advanced core exercises that you can perform to take your core muscle function to the next level!
Did you know there are 27 muscles that cross the ball and socket hip joint?! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers for the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile (or tight), your body is likely to compensate either up or down the kinetic chain to still achieve movement. This can lead to various pathologies in the lumbar spine as well as the lower extremity (1-5). The good news is there are many ways that someone can improve their hip mobility. In this article, you will learn why hip mobility is important for overall movement capacity and longevity, and we will show you 4 exercises to improve your hip mobility!
It seems as if the fitness industry not too long ago was engulfed in the newest and latest machine. However, the recent pendulum of this industry has been going back to the minimalist end of the spectrum giving attention to calisthenic exercises. This has led to the popularity of exercises such as the Pistol squat AKA a modification of the single-leg squat. This exercise is a complex movement that requires strength, motor control, and range of motion (particularly at the ankle). This series will help you identify why you might not able to pistol squat as well as how to gain the proper balance of strength, motor control, and mobility to perform this complex movement! Follow along in this article to learn how to pistol squat!
Before we dive into advanced plank progressions, we must first set straight what the core is and why core stability is so vital for our movement system’s health and longevity. The core, from a muscular standpoint, is so much more than just a 6-pack of washboard abs. It essentially includes any and every that moves the trunk and aids in maintaining a neutral spine position.
This includes the popular “core muscles” such as the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and multifidus, but also other muscles such as the latissimus dorsi, quadratus lumborum, and pectoralis muscles.