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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 →

Video: Presentation on Optimizing Connective Tissue Health and Performance at Athletic Evolution

This past week I was fortunate enough to give a presentation for the awesome staff and interns at Athletic Evolution in Woburn, MA on optimizing the health and performance of connective tissue.  For those of you unfamiliar with AE, they are a private Nike SPARQ-affiliated gym and one of the premier training centers in New England; you can check out their… 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 →

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 →

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