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Strength Training for Better Posture: Assisted Pull-Up functional training resistance training strength training the pain free athlete training Apr 09, 2013

Use your time in the gym to improve your structural alignment, not ingrain poor posture and compensated movement patterns.

Starting Position

  • Hand position on the bar is wide enough to create a 90 degree angle from the wrist to the elbow to the shoulder at the top of the exercise.

  • Linear line...

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How Are You Meeting Your Needs? heal yourself self self healing self-compassion the pain free athlete Apr 06, 2013

As human beings the outcome of all our actions is to meet our emotional needs. The motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, reminds us that we have everything we need. It is the way we go about achieving our needs that can be empowering or destructive. Often these needs reside on a...

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Does it hurt to run and play? alignment heal yourself healing and injury posture alignment posture analysis posture exercises the pain free athlete Apr 03, 2013

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

Sports and exercise shouldn't hurt. For many of us, though, moving our bodies creates symptoms of pain. Consequently, the circle of activities available to us shrinks and we move less. And the less we...

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Overcome Stress by Invoking the Relaxation Response autonomic nervous system parasympathetic relax stress response sympathetic the pain free athlete Mar 28, 2013

 
The Stress-Response and Relaxation Response are opposite pathways of our autonomic nervous system. When one is engaged the other is inhibited. The Stress-Response activates the sympathetic nervous system while the Relaxation Response empowers the parasympathetic nervous system. The image...

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Flow Experiences, the Zone and Optimal Performance alignment exercises health goals outdoor activity skill the pain free athlete Mar 19, 2013

Flow is the state of optimal experience when the body and mind are pushed to the limit to complete a difficult task. It is these moments that bring us happiness and fulfillment in our lives.

Flow is an intrinsic experience of our own making that is not dependent on outside factors. It is a source...

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Feel Your Way to Better Sports Technique athlete pain free athlete self the pain free athlete training Mar 14, 2013

"Human beings are the only species of life which has the capability of interfering with its own growth. The human being tends to block this natural process by doubting his potential. He believes that if he can't do something right away it's because the potential isn't there."
-Fritz Perls, father...

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Shin Splints Can Occur in Seasonal Transition alignment posture alignment running running form running technique the pain free athlete walking form Mar 11, 2013

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

Transitioning from skis to running shoes can be painful. When skiing our foot is connected to a long board and never makes contact with the ground. In running, the foot is free to move on its own and comes...

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Book Review: Younger Next Year for Women exercise pain free athlete resistance training strength training the pain free athlete training weight-loss Mar 06, 2013

Although this book review is of the women's version of the book it is applicable to men as well. Men will enjoy the first book, Younger Next Year.

Co-written by internist Dr. Henry (Harry) S. Lodge, M.D. and his patient, 73 year old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is...

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My Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis heal yourself healing an injury pain free athlete pain free body the pain free athlete Feb 27, 2013

I was diagnosed with severe bone-on-bone Osteoarthritis (OA) in my left hip in 2007 after arthroscopic surgery. When my doctor and I parted, his last words were, "I'll see you in 15 years for your hip replacement." In my late 30s I was too young for a joint replacement, being advised to reduce my...

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Straighten Then Strengthen Your Body alignment posture alignment posture exercises posture therapy strength training the pain free athlete Feb 21, 2013

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

Lifting weights is a great way to increase strength. Unfortunately, it can also engrain postural disparities and movement compensations. This reality has spawned the term, dysfunctional fitness, whereby we...

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Self Control is Exhaustible! mind mind-body pain free athlete self-discipline the pain free athlete Feb 11, 2013

"What looks like laziness may actually be exhaustion."

This was one of the lessons from the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. I listened to this book last year and recently attended a Wellcoaches class on the book which prompted me to write this blog.

In an...

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Knee Injuries and Alignment alignment knee osteoarthritis posture alignment posture analysis posture exercises the pain free athlete Feb 07, 2013

In case you missed my article in the Los Alamos Daily Post it is reprinted below.

Contrary to popular belief your knee is not a fragile joint. It is designed to run, jump, ski and perform all the activities you ask of it. The knee is actually a simple joint with a complex job. Acting as...

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