Kettlebells for back pain? Neurosurgeon thinks so! And I agree here. In the last 12 months, I’ve taught a “Senior Kettlebells” class which I’m sure many of them have dealt with this or that pain before, during, and after class. But I’ve been told by a few of my class participants that they’ve quit taking pain medicine, quit needing cholesterol medications, and been able to do things around the house that they couldn’t do as easily before. Kettlebells truly do have a place in many rehabilitation programs.

Senior Kettlebells

May 11, 2013

A couple of years ago I stumbled upon this thing called a kettlebell. For awhile, we didn’t actually own any in our gym but we used dumbbells as a pseudo-kettlebell. It worked for a little while, but eventually the company purchased the real thing. I used them as well as a couple of co-workers, but really they just sat there. Our members didn’t know what they were and so they sat collecting dust in the corner. I also own one and it sits at home next to my bedroom door. I started using them on my own really as a hobby. They were just a part of my exercise routine. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s been said that healthcare professionals are often the worst patients. And we don’t always do what is best for us simply because you know we’re like invincible or something. We all know that we should workout but we put so many things ahead of our own workouts that it just doesn’t happen. Read the rest of this entry »

In my latest attempt at some humor, and a chance to educate, I bring you my newest series.. This series “Hips: One Four Letter Word You Must Use” will take you through my thoughts over the last several months on the importance of the hips in exercise, fitness, rehabilitation, and sports enhancement. It truly is a topic that I have grasped full-on and really believe that if our hips are weak, we WILL get injured. And most often it is not our hips that get injured in this process! Please join me in this journey as we will explore the hip complex and its importance to the rest of our body!

I have actually posted my first installment of this new series. You can find it here: Anterior Knee Pain in the Female Athlete.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be adding more thoughts, links, and general information about the hips. Putting it simply, I think we MUST train our hips on a daily basis!

2012 in review

December 30, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 10,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 17 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

This week’sExercise of the Weekis the Box Squat. This is a great alternative to a regular squat as it allows your body to recover a little faster and you can typically do more weight with it. I would use this version of the squat in addition to a regular parallel squat.

As I continue to learn more and more about the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and all of its benefits, you can expect to see more videos of these types of exercises. FMS calls these correctives as they are intended to help address stability and mobility issues that appear in the Functional Movement Screen.

“Every day is game day. Prepare for it. Fuel for it. Train for it. Rest for it.” – Mark Verstegen

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