The Curves in Your Back: “Off the Wall” is Good!
Exercise Basics | Movement

The Curves in Your Back: “Off the Wall” is Good!

I think that most of us go through our days without paying much attention to how much curve we have in our low backs. For sure, this is not something that is a real attention-grabber.   Even if we suffer from some stiffness or dull pain in that area, we don’t tend to focus on what…

Knee Safety, Back Safety, and Other Things
Exercise Basics

Knee Safety, Back Safety, and Other Things

Not too long ago I wrote a blog called “Lunges are Awesome for Your Knees! Or NOT!” (August 2018). Before that, there was another one called “Preventing Low Back Pain – Check Your Hip Flexors” (October 2017). And, way back when, there was a blog about using the hip hinge in many every day and…

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow (No Tennis or Golf Required!)
Exercise Basics

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow (No Tennis or Golf Required!)

People often ask me what the difference is between tennis and golfer’s elbow. Tennis elbow seems to get more press, and in fact it is more common by a factor of 5. Which is not to say that they can’t both be debilitating and aggravating. Here’s the difference: Tennis elbow is pain on the outside…

What You Can Do in “Minutes a Day”
Exercise Basics | Movement

What You Can Do in “Minutes a Day”

Seriously, how often have you watched an infomercial or commercial touting an exercise plan or device that can get you great results in “minutes a day”? As we know, the lure of instant gratification always looms, and many things in our material universe are invented to appeal to that urge in all of us. Yes,…

Lunges are Awesome for Your Knees! Or NOT!
Exercise Basics

Lunges are Awesome for Your Knees! Or NOT!

Lunges are often touted as a magnificent exercise that does wonders for your legs, hips, and knees. Mostly the emphasis is on strengthening and toning your leg muscles. That would be the quadriceps (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thigh), calves (back of lower leg), and butt (needs no introduction). This is all good. And,…

Getting a Big Bang Out of Donkey Kicks
Exercise Basics | Movement

Getting a Big Bang Out of Donkey Kicks

Before we go any further, let’s take a look at what a Donkey Kick is, done correctly. There are several cues for nailing this exercise, and each one has a purpose. Once you read the cues, you will start to get the idea. This exercise does so many things for your body, that it truly…