Tag: core

How To Conquer Rotation-based Low Back Pain

With the US Open wrapping up this weekend, it couldn’t be more timely to post the third part of this series on rotation-based low back pain. While the first two parts of this series focused specifically on golf, the key points of this series can also 100% apply to tennis, and baseball as well. You…

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Move of the Week: Landmine Shoulder Press

Is bad shoulder mobility preventing you from overhead pressing? THE MOVE: Landmine Shoulder Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push; shoulders, upper back, abs. WHY DO IT: Is bad shoulder mobility preventing you from overhead pressing? To reap the full benefits of overhead pressing, you should have 180 degrees of pain-free shoulder flexion and be able…

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How Playing Golf Can Hurt You

In our last blog on this topic, I explained how playing golf can actually hurt you. Today, I will go more in depth into the injury mechanisms in a golf swing that are responsible. Once again, studies have shown that low-back pain accounts for anywhere from 18-54% of golf injuries. Injuries of the knees, hips,…

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Move of the Week: Turkish Get-up

Are you finishing too quickly? Here’s why you shouldn’t — when it comes to this move. THE MOVE: Turkish Get-up MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core and corrective; abs, shoulders, legs. WHY DO IT: The Turkish Get-up is a complex, full-body movement that many people get wrong, simply because there are so many parts to begin…

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Is Playing Golf Actually Hurting You?

Golf is one of the most popular sports in America, particularly among adults. Here in the city, I’ve seen my fair share of people both around my age (26, although some people still believe I’m 21…) and way older lugging around their golf clubs on the weekends, presumably to hit the driving range or a…

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Move of the Week: Pallof Press

These days, people are anti-everything. Why are we so anti-rotation and anti-extension? THE MOVE: Pallof Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core stability; abs and obliques. WHY DO IT: The Pallof Press is an essential core exercise that teaches you how to resist rotation and extension. Both of these motions can negatively affect the low back,…

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Move of the Week: Bird-dog Row

What sounds like a 1970s rock band, that’s also a great rowing exercise? THE MOVE: Bird-dog Row MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal pull: mid and upper back. Core stability. WHY DO IT: No, the Bird-dog Row isn’t another great 1970s rock band. It is however, a great exercise that both challenges your rotary stability and forces you…

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Opinion: Doing Yoga Will Ruin Your Abs

If you’ve been to any yoga class, you’ve likely heard the instructor cue you to “draw your belly button to your spine” during various poses to work your core. This is sometimes known as “hollowing” or even “creating a vacuum” in bodybuilding circles. And let’s face it, it’s not uncommon to think about sucking in…

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Move of the Week: Hollow Body Hold

 Crush it with your back! Find out why this actually isn’t a bad thing in our Move of the Week. THE MOVE: Hollow Body Hold MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core & corrective: abs, obliques, and core stability. WHY DO IT: The Hollow Body Hold is probably one of the most underrated core exercises ever. It…

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Why Front Squats Are Like Mullets

Front Squats are like mullets: business up front, and party in the back. When it comes to keeping the bar on your shoulders, you have to be super-strict with your technique up front (the business side), so that you can squat properly behind the bar (the party in the back). There’s more to this as well….

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