Stretch of the Month

Stretching is such an important and often overlooked part of being healthy and fit. Not only to help keep muscles flexible and functioning the way they were intended, but in efforts to keep our overall musculoskeletal system balanced. Flexibility and muscular balance: Helps create better range of motion for everyday activities including competitive sports and training. Reduces pressure and stress …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

ELIVATE Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

The Three R’s – Release, Restore, Retrain

We all know that an exercise program should be the cornerstone of an effective care plan. This especially holds true for conditions that are primarily caused by muscle imbalances or dysfunctional movement patterns. Research also shows that exercise is instrumental in preventing and treating chronic pain. But we also know that clients often prefer to avoid exercise during episodes of …

Friederike Aprea

Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Business Development at WebExercises, Inc.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization – Part 2

If you missed Part 1 last week, we discussed: 1 – What is DNS 2 – How is our “Perfection” of Movement Lost 3 – How is DNS related to Exercise? 4 – Sports Example: DNS and Golf Let’s take for example a golf swing. The ability to bring the club into the back swing not only requires strength and …

Drew Morcos

Drew Morcos

PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, DNSP, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization – Part 1

When was the last time you were watching a sporting event on TV and you said to yourself, “This athlete just makes the sport looks so seamlessly easy.” How about when you take your child to watch someone perform live and you are sitting up close and all you can say to yourself is “Wow.” Part of this “perfection” is, …

Drew Morcos

Drew Morcos

PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, DNSP, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Unique Training Tools: Expand Your Mind and Your Clients’ Results

Unique Training Tools: Expand Your Mind and Your Clients’ Results

As more and more gyms open each day, there is some serious competition to attract new members/personal training clients and retain current ones. Some of the answers may be closer than you think. Recruitment and retention can be as simple as implementing some unusual tools to provide new challenges and spark curiosity. Let’s start with the Kamagon and the Surge. …

CJ Kostranchuk

CJ Kostranchuk

Sales Manager at ELIVATE Fitness, Level 1 CrossFit Coach and Founder/Co-Owner, Coach at The Bar Athletics

Outdoor Workout

Every Season is Fitness Season: How to Take Your Indoor Workout Outside

Spring is here and the weather is finally getting warmer. Now is the perfect time to think about ways to switch up your gym routine and bring your workouts outside! Besides fitting in more physical activity, there are also many other benefits to working out outside such as fresh air, sunshine, and enjoying a wide range of activities that are …

Meredith Reinhard

Meredith Reinhard

Level 1 Crossfit Coach

Training Athletes and Patients for Explosive Strength

Training Athletes for Explosive Strength

Since strength training was first studied as a method for preparing strength and power athletes for competition, it has been recognized that peak force takes some time to reach. And yet some athletic movements are completed in just 100 – 150ms. Therefore, the rate at which force is developed is likely at least as important for athletes as maximum strength. Training …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Optimizing Movement Efficiency in an Unnatural Environment

Optimizing Movement Efficiency in an Unnatural Environment

With an increase in barefoot-only training facilities, athletes prepping barefoot, and even top educators touting the benefits of barefoot training, we must remind ourselves – why barefoot? Yes, barefoot is more “natural” but if we live in a shod society and spend our days pounding the pavement. I am faced with this question often as I continuously promote barefoot activation and barefoot …

Dr. Emily Splichal

Dr. Emily Splichal

Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist

Stretching at the gym

Intro to Soma Training

Dr. Guy Voyer, a world-renowned osteopath and the creator of the Soma Therapy/Soma Training programs, says it best, “why address the contents before correcting the container?” FASCIA Undoubtedly, within the last decade, across the US, there has been an increase in awareness of fascia in manual medicine and performance therapy. Yet, this global connective tissue is nothing new to the …

Jason Amstutz

Dr. Jason Amstutz

Doctor of Chiropractic, CCSP*, RTP, CSCS

Can Stretching make you stronger?

Can Stretching Make You Stronger?

Whether to do static stretching or not can be a very contentious issue. On the one hand, static stretching (especially intense stretching lasting >60 seconds) is known to reduce force in subsequent exercise. Many strength coaches therefore recommend against doing static stretching before a workout, or before a practice or competition, when working with athletes. On the other hand, inter-set …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research