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Normal Movements of the Low Back During Squats and Deadlifts 

Last week’s article made a strong case for embracing variability in movement for active individuals,  particularly when learning a new movement.  However, much has been made of the relationship between a lifter’s back position and their risk of injury during exercise. Many coaches, doctors, and Internet experts confidently claim that lifting with a rounded lower …

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The Shoulder, Part II: External Impingement

In the first article of this series we discussed the concept of “normal” or “abnormal” scapular movement (i.e., scapular dyskinesis), which is the pathomechanical foundation upon which other shoulder-related diagnoses and narratives are built. “Shoulder impingement” is one of these ideas that is commonly discussed in the coaching, rehab, and orthopedic worlds. The narrative describes …

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She lost over 25 pounds and stepped on stage. Here’s what she learned.

Prologue  Alexis Irwin has been a client of mine for some time now. Together, we’ve successfully added hundreds of pounds to her lifts in total and improved technique, but the weight loss end of the bargain was always a little harder for some reason. Fast forward to late January when Alexis approached me about competing …

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