Close your eyes and imagine your 14-year-old self standing next to your fellow gauche, acne-covered middle-school friends. You’re all standing at the base of a climbing rope staring up as one of your classmates flails around, unsure whether he is making his way up or down. A piercing whistle from your P.E. teacher lets you…

“The bad news is time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot” -Michael Shulter If you – like millions of Americans – experience chronic low-back pain or pain that shoots down the buttocks while bending forward or exercising, you may have what is known as a herniated disc. Exercising with a herniated disc can…

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.” What if we told you there was a way to double your physical activity? What if we provided this for free? Would you do it? The secret – accountability with a personal training partner. This technique exists free of risk, cost, and effort – dramatically increasing the likelihood of achieving your goals, jacking up…

Take Home Points Peak external knee flexion moment increases with squat depth and resistance. The squat is a commonly prescribed exercise for sports team and general fitness. This multi-joint and multi-muscle exercise is popular as it targets many muscles around the hips and knees, but receives scrutiny as it may increase joint forces at the…

Take Home Points Music of various rhythm does not improves anaerobic power.  Everyone is always looking for the next way to improve exercise performance. Music is frequently used by personal training, boot camps, and sports training for improving performance, but does it help? Recent research suggests that music has a positive effect on training and relaxation. Some have…

Take Home Points Aerobic exercise improves pain tolerance in healthy individuals.  Pain tolerance is a fascinating characteristic. Ninety percent of the patients I treat in physical therapy state they have a high pain tolerance, which is not often the case. Now, having a high pain tolerance for sport is helpful, but it isn’t likely needed in…