Archives for Concepts and Questions

Programming for Deadlifts and Correctives

Correctives ProgrammingNow that you’ve gone over corrective exercises [1][2] for your deadlift form… it’s time to discuss how to go about programming them in a manner that will provide lasting changes.Daily PracticeOf whatever corrective exercises you found useful and/or enlightening… Pick 1-3 of them to focus on. And practice each one for 5-10 minutes, everyday. There are many […]

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The Perfect Deadlift

THE CASE FOR “PROPER DEADLIFT FORM”The premise of this article series is that although everyone’s “optimal” deadlift form will APPEAR different (due to fixed variables such as limb lengths, muscle attachment points, etc., as well as other variables such as intent [deadlifting for competition vs. injury prevention])…  There is still a “standard” deadlift form (respectful of […]

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Becoming a father

Note: this was originally sent as an email to Upright Health clients and newsletter subscribers on a Friday afternoon. A surprising number of  people asked that we make it available in a shareable format…so here it is! Enjoy! My son was born three months ago. Leading up to the birth, everyone kept asking me: “Are you […]

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How to reframe your pain

What is pain? Pain is a signal from your body that you need to change something that you are doing. If you touch your hand to a hot stove, and you feel pain, is your solution to sever the nerves that transmit the pain signal? I would hope not. Movement based pain is no different. […]

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The best way to learn anything

It is best to learn like a child. Experiencing without judgment or expectation. When a child learns to stand, does he talk himself down for failing the first time? The second time? The thousandth time? Or does he simply try again? Automatically interpreting each failure as more feedback? As another opportunity to grow? As simply […]

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The pitfalls of overcoaching

I aim to avoid overcoaching. I believe it is more effective to break down a movement that the client finds too complex into more digestible parts, rather than spam the client with a dozen different instructions that they wouldn’t be able to internalize anyhow. It’s important for the client to be able to not only […]

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Do shoulder impingement physical tests work?

Why think about special tests for the shoulder?When people are told they have shoulder impingement, there are a number of physical maneuvers or “special tests” that doctors will use to investigate their problem. These special tests are supposed to provide useful information that tells you whether you have true “impingement.” These special tests, however, are extremely […]

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