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Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom Dec 04, 2013

 

I've heard a saying regarding pain in the body, “the victim screams while the criminal is silent.”

Anatomy Trains Book Cover

When Tom Myers, internationally known fascia expert and author of Anatomy Trains, said this, he was referring to the interconnected relationships between the soft tissues in the...

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5 Tips for Planning a Winning Athletic Season Nov 25, 2013

It's never too early to start planning for your next athletic season. Sometimes it takes years to build up the fitness for an event. You also need long range planning in order to peak for an important competition.

 

As a coach, I help athletes develop a realistic season calendar. Here's what...

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Stay Aligned and Injury Free on Aerobic Machines Nov 20, 2013

 

When we exercise on an aerobic machine (elliptical, treadmill, bike, stair stepper, etc.), our intent is to condition our cardiovascular system. In essence, we are concerned with our heart rate, breathing and fatigue. It is all about our heart and lungs. However, seldom do we consider the...

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3 Benefits of Base Training Aerobic Workouts Nov 11, 2013

If you are a competitive summer athlete, your cardiovascular training focus shifts during the fall and winter to over-distance and endurance aerobic workouts. Most people refer to these workouts as Long, Slow Distance (LSD). Through my interactions with people, I have noticed that athletes...

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Cross Train for Better Posture and Performance Nov 06, 2013

Not enough motion or too much of the same, repetitive movements can cause one major issue: postural deviations. For example, because I spent years hunched over a bicycle, along with a desk job, my shoulders and upper back took on a rounded position. This hunched-over position also tightened my...

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Transitioning Through Loss Oct 31, 2013

Two week ago my mother passed from this life. It has been a difficult period and a dramatic transition that has been defined by changes like helping my Dad pack, sell and toss over 50 years of life together. This blog contains advice that I wrote after my beloved dog, Coral, passed. As I deal...

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How to Prevent Cycling Injuries Oct 26, 2013

So you want to stay pain and injury free on the bike? Well, it all depends on the fitness of the body you bring into cycling and your approach to riding. Let me explain.

 

BODY FITNESS

More fundamental than your VO2 max or power output, total body fitness includes multiple things. These...

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Back Pain and Spinal Posture Oct 23, 2013

In case you missed my article in The Weekly Sun of the Wood River Valley (pdf) or the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

 

Several painful back conditions – stenosis, disc bulge or herniation, spondylolisthesis and sciatica – are due to improper...

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Are you racing out of fear? Oct 16, 2013

Why do you race? I have been asking my friends, teammates and clients this question for years. Yet, I have not heard a satisfactory answer. Recently, I had a conversation on this topic with a client. This caused me to write this blog.

 

Let me elaborate. There are many motivations that may...

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Run, Walk and Hike Pain Free with These Exercises Oct 10, 2013

Running creates impact forces of up to 10 times your body weight! When your body is not stacked in a strong, aligned posture against the forces of gravity and ground reaction, guess what? Your body will suffer! With each foot strike, you hit the ground. Then,  the ground hits you back with...

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Phased Strength Training for Athletes Oct 01, 2013

For warm-weather athletes, the start of the fall season, with its shorter days and cooler temperatures, typically marks the beginning of the off season. During this time, we emphasize strength development during our training. However, how you lift weights actually depends on your goals. As the...

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Become an Intuitive Eater to Lose Weight Sep 28, 2013

Losing weight is hard. There are many factors that contribute to excess pounds. In researching approaches to weight loss I have found the principles explained in "Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A. very useful. Just last month a third edition of...

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