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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 →

Two Truths and a Lie, the “IHP Version”: Two Research Papers and a Totally Unrelated Article

I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled reading time and whatever it is that you were doing today to bring you the latest (and only) edition of our most popular (and only) game show: Two Research Papers and a Totally Unrelated Article!  For those who are unfamiliar (i.e. everyone), this is my own spin on the icebreaker game Two Truths and a… 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 →

Do You Even Exhale, Bro? Part 1: On Stress, the Postural Restoration Institute, and the Awesomeness of the Swiss Ball All Four Belly Lift

You might be familiar with the popular notion that good posture involves “standing up straight” or thrusting your chest outward. Though this advice is commonplace, it isn’t necessarily correct. For people with certain postural patterns, this conventional wisdom might exacerbate their problems. As seems to be the case with so many things, one-size-fits-all advice might not work for everyone’s posture,… Read more →

An Introduction to the Postural Restoration Institute, Part 3: The Asymmetrical Nature of the Human Body

Author’s Note: This is the third installment in an ongoing series meant to introduce the Postural Restoration Institute and the concepts that it teaches, as well as how to integrate them into training and rehab.  If you missed either of the first two installments, you can click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2 to give those a read.  In this… Read more →

The Beauty of the Reverse-Band Back Squat, Part Three: Implementation

Author’s note: In the first and second articles of this series, I discussed the rationale for why the reverse-band back squat might be safer and more effective for strength and power purposes than conventional back squats. I’ve included a brief summary of the two articles below before I delve into the new material, but you can read the articles in their… Read more →

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