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…

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” -Eleanor Roosevelt When is the last time you really challenged yourself to try something you previously believed to be impossible? While Eleanor probably didn’t have her goals set on a handstand, it’s safe to say this woman could have done anything she set her mind to….

“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…

“I find that the harder I work, the less I call it work” – Thomas Jefferson The more energy you apply to your work, the more meaning you place on that work. “Workaholics”get a bad rap, but research has found a large difference exists amongst types. Typically someone with an uncontrollable need to be constantly…

I am sure a lot of people out there think that you can only build strength, power and velocity by only using weights. What if I told you that instability training can work as well. Instability training and resistance training combined in a circuit training session has been a topic of conversation in recent research….

Take Home Points Abdominal bracing encourages core strengthening during isolation. Once achieved, abdominal bracing requires progressing for further dynamic strength.   Core training is popular in every exercise realm.  Abdominal bracing is a controversial topic in core training, as many feel core bracing increases the intervertebral disc pressure. However, intervertebral disc pressure increases during all daily activities, dismissing the…