Squat Form

How-To Squat Correctly: Technique, Benefits & Muscles Worked

Many people think that the squat is an exercise for athletes or serious lifters only, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, as the squat can be done by a wide variety of people with a range of goals. All squats share a similar movement pattern in that they move a weight from a […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Rowing

Rowing is one of the many conditioning tools that can be used to meet the current physical activity guidelines. While it’s not necessary that you become THE BEST rower, or even love rowing, we do want you moving efficiently in all things that you do. We believe that will ultimately help you get the most […]

A Second Opinion on Your Meniscus Injury

As a physical therapist, I have found that the meniscus is often blamed for people experiencing knee pain. Many people are aware that a meniscus can be damaged or “torn”; this raises questions about whether it is the cause for knee pain, and what should be done about it. In this article, I will discuss […]

The Science of Weight Lifting Belts

The use of lifting belts dates back at least to the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Long before that, it is said that Milo of Croton, the legendary Greek athlete who reportedly lifted a calf every day of his training during the 4-year period between Olympic games, would craft a belt out of the […]

Exercise's effects on headaches

How Does Exercise Affect Headaches?

Headaches are a common, painful, and oftentimes disabling symptom that can pop-up during exercise or at rest. Exercise may be useful for not only reducing migraine frequency in many, but also for improving nearly every aspect of general health in the population. Individuals who frequently experience the onset of headache during exercise should work with their physician to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical cause.

How-To Manage an Ankle Sprain

You rolled your ankle, whether it be in a pick-up basketball game, stepping awkwardly off the platform, or performing your best interpretive dance of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”. The ankle is now swollen, painful, and you are wondering what to do next. This article will provide a guide to return to doing the things you […]

Range of Motion Considerations

Debate around how deep you should squat is one example of a range of motion (ROM) controversy. Range of motion (ROM) can be defined as the degree of movement occurring at a specific joint during an exercise (Pallares 2021). Range of motion can be increased or decreased by altering aspects of positioning such as stance […]

Sobrecarga Progresiva

Cuando la gente comienza su aventura en el gimnasio, empieza a aprender muchos de los principios básicos de la programación Términos como “adaptación”, “recuperación” y “especificidad” entran en juego en el contexto de las metas individuales de cada uno, ya se busque ganancias de fuerza, potencia, resistencia cardiorespiratoria o una habilidad especifica. El principio de […]

Progressive Loading

[This article is also available in Spanish / Este artículo también está disponible en español] When starting their training journey, people begin to learn many of the fundamental principles of programming and progression. Terms like “adaptation”, “recovery”, and “specificity” come into focus in the context of the person’s individual goals, whether they are focused on […]

Training with a “Spondy” Part I: Introduction & General Concepts

Spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis are two intimidating words that are often described as representing a “broken back”. These aren’t words anyone wants to hear when experiencing back pain. Doctors and physical therapists often provide complicated and ominous-sounding explanations, such as a “fracture of the pars interarticularis”. From the start there is so much complexity in this […]


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