You Don’t Have Tight Hamstrings

“Tight hamstrings” is like gluten sensitivity: everyone thinks they have it, but no one really does. There’s a big difference between tightness and tension…just watch. Tension is something processed by nerves and results most often in a feeling of tightness; whereas actual tightness is more structural, meaning that something is constricted or not of an adequate length.…

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Your dominant traps are 50 shades of…shoulder dysfunction

“Upper Trap Dominance” sounds like it’s right out of “50 Shades of Grey” – but it’s neither sexy nor..err…grey?  Even less sexy? It’ll leave you looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. What is it? Upper Trap Dominance is when your traps want to do all the work – which causes you to hike your…

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Get a crazy-strong core with a mouse trap

The dead bug is one of our favorite core exercises, but it is often done dead wrong with two main interrelated flaws: The exerciser’s ribs, right around the level of the solar plexus, will hike up in the air (a.k.a. “rib flare”). The exerciser’s low back will arch, creating a pocket between the spine and…

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You breathe upside-down. Here’s how to fix it.

By: Bo Babenko, DPT Do you breathe upside-down?  Here’s A Quick Test: Take a deep breath. Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Take another deep breath. What did you feel move more, your chest or your belly? It should’ve been your belly. If your chest moved more than your belly…

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The Specialty Bar That Everyone Should Be Using

Specialty bars are usually seen as the “double-black diamond” of the weight room — reserved only for the most advanced lifters. But Halevy Life Staff Coach Ross Curtis says that’s not always the case, especially with the Safety Squat Bar, which is great for beginners who are just learning to squat. Why is the Safety Squat…

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Stop Sucking Your Stomach In

How many times have you heard you should “zip your belly in ” or “draw your navel to your spine?” STOP! That’s one of the worst things you can do when you’re trying to cue functional core activity. Why? When you suck your stomach in, you’re using only one muscle – the transverse abdominis. You actually want all the…

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The Two Ways Bodybuilding Went Wrong

By: Ross Curtis “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody want to lift no heavy a** weight.” This famous quote by Ronnie Coleman (one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time) still holds — well, weight.   The problem is certain bodybuilding strategies are actually not the best ways to gain muscle. You…

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Certified Doesn’t Mean Qualified

By: Morgan Jackson Imagine hiring a lawyer only to find out right before the trial that they didn’t go to law school, finish high school, or have any hands-on training. They simply passed the bar exam. Now, much worse, imagine hiring a personal trainer comparably “qualified” to manage your health and wellness. Public Service Announcement: a…

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Don’t Let This Slacker Wreck Your Shoulders

Think of an intense tug-of-war: Everyone on your team is working hard and then there’s Bobby holding onto the rope but not pulling his weight (we all know a Bobby). Ross teaches you how to not lose the tug of war with your shoulder and make sure Bobby — in our case the serratus anterior — does…

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