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How to Help Flatten the Curve Without Becoming an Atrophied Couch Potato, Part Two: The Pros, Cons, and How-to’s of Using Treadmill Desks While Working from Home

Coming on the heels on what seems to have been an article viewed by perhaps no more than five humans, I give to you the little-anticipated second installment of the ongoing “How to Help Flatten the Curve Without Becoming an Atrophied Couch Potato” series. I’ve heard from many friends that they have become extremely sedentary in the past month, to… Read more →

How to Help Flatten the Curve Without Becoming an Atrophied Couch Potato: On the Unique Value of Blood Flow Restriction Training While Working Out at Home

I expect that the fitness blogosphere is inundated with articles, Tweets, and Instagram posts about how to have productive workouts in the confines of one’s home. I confess that I haven’t done much to verify this assertion, since studying for board exams has been a higher priority for me, though I’d probably bet Peter’s life savings that it’s at least… Read more →

You Gon’ Learn Today: The Best Integrative Human Performance Articles from 2015

We did some of our best writing to date in 2015. Our efforts to adhere to an evidence-based approach have helped us to produce high-caliber writing that we’re proud to share with you. Some of the prominent topics from this year’s articles include movement variability and autonomic variability, how the autonomic nervous system affects performance and how you can use… Read more →

Integrative Human Performance Year In Review, Part Two: The Happenings of Rob

As short as it seems to have been since Peter’s inaugural State of the Union Address in 2015, Integrative Human Performance has enjoyed fantastic development and success in the interim. Peter and I have made remarkable advances in our understanding of physical and mental well-being, our clients have made tremendous accomplishments (which you can read about here), and our articles… Read more →

Breathe Some Awesomeness Into Your Training: Simple Ways to Integrate Breathing to Improve Your Training

While Peter and I can delve deep into the esoterica of the Postural Restoration Institute’s tenets and methods, some of the lessons we’ve learned from our foray into PRI are astoundingly simple and profoundly effective. One of the first realizations we had is that it can be physically challenging to do a long, full exhale, pause five seconds (or more),… Read more →

Tone Down For What, Part One: Unconventional Methods for Better Recovery, Health, and Well-Being

Recovery is sort of like the the ball boy for the New England Patriots: nobody really appreciates that he’s critical to the organization’s success, at least until there’s a scandal. Okay, the analogy isn’t perfect, but the point is that adequate recovery is critical to training programs’ success. The more efficiently an athlete can recover from a workout, the sooner they can… Read more →

Do You Even Exhale, Bro? Part 3: The Postural Restoration Institute’s Mind-Blowing Solution for Tight Hip Flexors and Inefficient Breathing Patterns

Author’s note: In parts one and two of this series, I discussed what PRI describes as the Posterior Exterior Chain (PEC) pattern and outlined two exercises that help counteract it. If you haven’t read those yet, then I recommend doing so as they’ll give you a better understanding of the concepts I discuss in this post.   I don’t know if any… Read more →

Do You Even Exhale, Bro? Part 2: On the Postural Restoration Institute and the 90-90 Hip Lift with Passive FA IR (aka a Tri-Planar Beast of an Exercise)

In the first installment of this series, I drew upon the insightful work of the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) to describe a common postural and neurological pattern amongst athletes and gym-goers, the Posterior Exterior Chain (PEC). In that post I explained why this postural and neurological state might be beneficial in some situations, but potentially deleterious in others. The key takeaway is… Read more →

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