When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (the bit in between)

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If you’ve clicked over here from part one, you know that we’re about to dive into a conversation about physical therapy for injuries. I didn’t want this rather important bit to take away from my primary train of thought…and it kind of deserves its own treatment, hence the separate post. It’s at this point that things have the potential to …

When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (part one)

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There’s a fascinating phenomenon that exists within the world of recreational circus arts and, depending on the background of the artist, it sometimes happens beyond the recreational level: people “do their PT (physical therapy) exercises” before they train. I realize that on the surface of it, that may not sound particularly fascinating, but there is an element to this phenomenon …

Training Equals Rehab*: My Movement Check-Up

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Sometimes, I think the gray areas are great. In this next installment in the ongoing diary of my “return to rehab” for my shoulder, I have officially entered a gray area. It’s that difficult to define space that exists between ‘traditional physical therapy (PT) exercises’ and ‘back to training’. What I love about the place where I’m at now is …

My Movement Check-Up: Pain and the Magic of Movement

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There were a handful of things about how my body was feeling that prompted my return to physical therapy—but I would not describe any of them as injuries. My shoulder is four years post-op, so it certainly doesn’t count as a recent injury. I do think, however, that most of the complaints on my list could be traced back to …

Getting Uncomfortable: My Movement Check-Up

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Recently, I went in for a movement check-up. Or you could say I returned to physical therapy. I think I would prefer to describe it as performance therapy. I first learned of performance therapy as “an integrated system of rehab, fitness and performance” at a seminar given by Mike Reinold and the team at Champion PT and Performance, here just …

Squeeze your glutes! But what if you can’t squeeze your glutes?

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Recently, a friend’s post sur les médias sociaux began an important conversation about quality coaching and quality movement. It started with an open letter, of sorts, from an aerial instructor to the aerial students of the world: if you’re performing skills or movements inefficiently, using the wrong muscles, then you can expect the result to be an inefficient movement/skill that may or …

Squats. And Circus. A tale of two blog posts

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I had an idea for a blog post. It went something like this: As you may or may not know, I am at odds with group fitness classes. For me, the fundamental issue is that I believe everyone needs some degree of personalization in their training. You know, ‘cause every body is different and has different needs—if optimal performance and …

A Rant/Not A Rant: What is “Functional”?

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We (meaning me; I) interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a rant. Wait, it might not be a rant. (Actually, it might be…I’m either going to rant or ramble. I can’t quite tell just yet.) I frequently find myself in conversations with other trainers and coaches, nerding out about what we do. Often times, I like to start those conversations …

Hey there bendy people! Managing Hypermobility for Circus (part three)

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I would like to tell you a story. It’s not about circus. It’s about the Boston Marathon. Every year, around the time of the Marathon, personal trainers around the city have the same conversation with each other. Trainers in other cities where marathons are held probably have similar conversations. It goes something like this: “One of my clients just said …

Hey bendy people! Managing hypermobility for circus (part two)

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“You mean push-ups don’t have to feel horrible?” She looked so relieved. Welcome back for part two! (Here’s a link to part one if you missed it) Circus is awesome. Circus also asks for people to make shapes and lines that require an above-average amount of mobility. (More often than not, people call it flexibility, but what we’re really talking …

For the bendy people: Managing hypermobility for circus (part one)

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“Hmm… now that you mention it, I’ve just always been flexible,” she told me. For a condition that affects such a relatively small portion of the “general population”, I sure do seem to encounter hypermobile folks a lot. Now, within the circus community, I am unsurprised by this. Their natural bendiness predisposes them to being able to make the kinds …

My big takeaways from The Anatomy of Circus with Emily Scherb

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Last weekend, Emily Scherb—Physical Therapist for Circus Artist-Athletes and Anatomy Nerd Extraordinaire—was in Boston. That fact alone was amazing for those already acquainted with her awesomeness, however she took it up a notch and presented a series of workshops. I had the good fortune to attend a pair of her workshops: The Acrobatic Spine and Hip: At the Core of …

Things I think about: How to get the most out of massage therapy

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Who doesn’t love a good massage? It feels great. It’s definitely relaxing—even if you get some deep tissue work done (and just about everybody seems to love deep tissue work these days), you still come out the other side feeling a little more blissed out than you did walking in. And well you should—deep tissue massage or no—because there’s a …

Exercises every circus artist/athlete should do: single leg hip bridge

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So, I spend most of my day looking at other people’s butts. Wait. That needs more context so it doesn’t sound incredibly weird: