Category Archives: Exercise

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Reps You Do If They Are All Horrible!

“It doesn’t matter how many you do if they are all horrible!”

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Exercise is commonly measured by external variables; how much weight you used, how many repetitions you performed, how fast you completed the challenge, or how long you could endure it, etc..

Very few people ask and assess HOW WELL you perform the challenge, and what level of focus, intention, and specificity you bring to each exercise. When we focus on the internal variables, such as tension-generation, control, intention, etc., we can bring our exercise attention where it needs to be; the human body. After all, exercise is first and foremost, about improvement of the body; not just a workout performance and/or something that gives us gym-bragging rights. Read the rest of this entry

Five Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries

by Paul Ingraham

Weekend warriors and a lot of amateur athletes tend to believe that injury prevention is pretty much all about having a stretching regimen, and they are usually feeling guilty about not doing it enough. If I had a buck for every time I’ve heard someone say, just before a game of ultimate, “I should really do some stretching” … well, heck, I could afford to play ultimate for a living.

Lucky for them, they aren’t really missing anything important. As established elsewhere, stretching doesn’t really work (see Quite a Stretch) for the things people think it does, and it is particularly useless at preventing injury. Here are five ways to prevent injury that are a much better use of your time …

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Does Hip Strengthening Work for IT Band Syndrome?

by Paul Ingraham

This is a surprisingly in-depth article about a single simple idea: hip weakness, a rising-star of running injury risk factors. In recent years, hip weakness or “dead butt syndrome” has become the most popular new scapegoat for running injuries like iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). I don’t think that runners can get excited yet. In fact, I think we shouldn’t: I just don’t think the evidence is compelling enough to “believe” in hip strengthening as a prevention or therapy for any condition. Read the rest of this entry