It’s essential to life yet 50%-75% of people aren’t getting enough of it.
Without enough the body becomes overly stressed which often leads to chronic aches and pains that are made worse with exercise.
In this video I reveal 1 key nutrient to help eliminate low back pain that physical therapists, doctors and other pain management experts aren’t telling you.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this site.
But, I recently got a question about how to fix knee pain from ‘knock knees’. I thought it was a great question and so back by popular demand
I’ve decided the best way I could answer is by doing a video on it.
In it I reveal how you can eliminate knock knees by correcting your posture, a quick and easy way to assess whether you have too much or too little curve in your lumbar spine and 3 exercises so you can bend, sit, stand, lift and move pain free:
Life can be a funny game sometimes…
…It’s like being a batter in baseball who absolutely owns a certain pitcher every time you face the guy. You can have a .500 batting average against that pitcher and just when you think you know what he’s going to throw at you…
…He throws you a curve or a different pitch you never saw coming.
Well, I gave up on my baseball days nearly 23 years ago (damn I’m gettin’ up there) but I didn’t see this day coming.
I’ve decided to ‘retire‘ from the fitness industry.
I received a question regarding a previous video where I showed how to use the upright row as a shoulder rehab exercise.
Yeah, I know it’s supposedly a ‘bad’ shoulder exercise that’s often declared taboo.
But, when you understand the principles of how the shoulder functions it actually makes sense.
Anyway, I was asked if the upright row should be used as an actual shoulder rehabilitation exercise or as an injury prevention exercise.
I thought it was a great question and so here’s my answer:
So, what do you think?
What’s your biggest takeaway from this video?
I won’t mind if you ‘like‘ this post or click one of the share links below so it can reach those who need it most.
But, ONLY if you feel it’ll really help someone out ok?
In yesterday’s article I shared 5 absolutely HUGE lessons I learned about correcting muscle imbalances and injuries.
The reason I’m sharing these with you is because I was recently thinking back to my early days in the fitness industry…
…I had left my former life as a grocery clerk (a job I had for 10 long and frustrating years) because I was completely miserable and wanted more for my life then standing around for 40 hours a week in a check stand listening to customers fuss and haggle whenever they thought an item was 5 cents less than what was charged.
Not to mention having an absolute pain-in-the-ass manager that culminated in what I now call the ‘goatee incident‘.
But, I’ll save that story for another time as it was absolutely crazy!
Anyway, after the ‘goatee incident‘ I walked out of that job in the middle of my shift and began my career as a personal trainer soon after.
I remember feeling so much excitement because I was now going to live my passion for helping others transform their lives through health and fitness.
Unfortunately, that passion began to die a slow and painful death when most of the clients that came to me didn’t quite fit the ‘apparently healthy‘ fitness classification that my textbooks and personal training certification courses had only permitted me to work with.
None of my ‘training‘ prepared me to help clients (or myself and my own injuries) with injuries from muscle imbalances.
So, after investing a lot of time, energy and money in my education I learned some assessments and exercises for identifying and addressing muscle imbalances but I only grew more frustrated when they didn’t turn out nice and neat like I was taught.
I realized that there were a couple of problems:
When I was starting out working with clients suffering from nagging pain and injuries due to muscle imbalances I dealt with a LOT of frustration because so many of the exercises and stretches I learned in my personal training certification courses, text books, workshops and at the physical therapy clinic where I also worked weren’t working.
I’d take courses and learn all kinds of assessments for the neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, mobility, stability and such but they didn’t teach you which ones to use in what order or when.
I also learned corrective exercises and stretches to help with anterior pelvic tilt, rounded shoulders, forward head posture, medial knee rotation, foot and ankle over pronation or supination and many others only to see that they weren’t really helping.
It got to the point where I nearly quit the fitness industry for good.
Fortunately, I found a mentor who taught me something I had never learned in all the books, courses and experience…
…He taught me the principles of correcting muscle imbalances.
See, it’s one thing to learn a bunch of exercises and stretches for this and that but each client has unique needs and therefore what works for one person with an injury doesn’t work for everyone else with the same injury.
Exercises and stretches don’t teach you this but principles do.
And, I wanted to share some of the most valuable lessons I learned from my experience so you don’t have to go through all the same problems I did in trying to figure it all out on your own.
So, here’s 5 huge lessons I learned:
There are a LOT of different opinions and opposing views on squatting particularly for those dealing with injuries to areas like the low back, hips and/or knees.
There are those who feel squatting is unnecessary and should be avoided…
…There are those who believe people with low back or knee pain must avoid squatting or can only perform modified versions.
There is controversy over which foot position and stance is most effective…
…and on it goes.
So, I put together an in-depth analysis of the squat and some tips to look for when assessing your clients.
In the video you’ll learn:
=>The effects of squatting on lower back and knee pain
=>How to teach the squat for clients with low back pain for pain free squatting
=>Whether or not the way your client squats is setting them up for improved function or dysfunction
=>The difference between foot position and the pros and cons associated with each (toes out vs toes in)
Plus quite a bit more info I packed into this one.
I think you’ll get a lot of valuable content from this video:
I’d like to know what you think.
Go ahead and leave me a comment below and let me know
I’ve been getting some questions lately on how to correct muscle imbalances causing anterior pelvic tilt and low back pain.
Obviously, hip flexor tightness is a major cause of muscular imbalances involving lower back pain and injuries.
The problem for many people is they don’t know how to correct the imbalances.
So, I put together a 4-part video series to help low back pain sufferers who aren’t getting results despite doing hip flexor and lower back stretches and various abdominal, lower back and corrective exercises.
Part 1 shows you 3 simple self-assessments you can perform to identify if you have muscular imbalances involving the hip flexors :
The shoulder is one of the easiest areas to develop muscular imbalances given how much mobility the shoulder provides without a whole lot of stability.
One of the most important lessons I learned for addressing injuries was to identify the causes which in most cases are muscle imbalances.
And, the biggest mistake I see fitness enthusiasts and some physical therapists make is treating the injured area itself.
Why is this a mistake?
Because the area where you feel pain is often a symptom but not the actual cause of pain.
For example, lower back pain is rarely caused by the low back itself. It’s often the result of muscle imbalances that force the low back to take the brunt of the stress which causes pain.
In the video below I answer a question from someone suffering from years of intense neck, shoulder and arm pain. He’s tried various neck and shoulder rehabilitation methods and treatments but nothing seems to be working
There’s 5 shoulder rehab exercise tips I cover that most doctors and therapists are NOT aware of:
I just answered a question from someone suffering from a combination of muscle imbalances that have resulted in shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain and TMJ.
This is an interesting case in the way her pain patterns have manifested on the same side of her body.
But, I have to warn you…
…This video is unlike ANY of the others I’ve done before.
I’ve always addressed what makes the most sense to fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts–the PHYSICAL issues like muscular imbalances, corrective exercises, conditioning exercises, strengthening exercise and stretches.
However I have never mentioned the other contributing causes to so many pain patterns…
If you’re wondering what UFO spaceship abducted me and scrambled my brain worse than a 3-egg omelet at ‘Lenny’s’ watch the video and I’ll explain exactly what I mean.
This isn’t some ‘airy-fairy’ stuff that has no validity. It’s very real indeed.
You’ll also discover:
–>The link between shoulder, neck and low back pain
–>How emotions can create muscle imbalances and trigger shoulder pain
–>The most common blockage that leads to shoulder and neck pain
–>Why physical corrective exercises may not be enough to eliminate pain and what else to look for
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Why or why not?