Category Archives for Knee

How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs

In the last video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself talked about modifying deadlift variations to decrease stress on the spine.  In this video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself go over the same simple concept in the

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A Stupid Simple Exercise to Improve Your Pistol

I’m a big fan of working pistols as a skill.  Most people don’t have the mobility, strength or exposure to perform pistols well, especially as a new trainee.  One drill I’ve been using

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An Overlooked Reason for Excessive Toe Out in the Deep Squat

So, why do athletes end up toeing out (point their toes out) excessively in the bottom of the squat?  The major answers are usually poor ankle mobility (dorsiflexion) and poor hip flexion range of motion.

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7 Ways to Make Deep Loaded Squats Safer for Your Knees – A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 7

Last week we had a nice little discussion about the stresses on the knee during the deep loaded squat.  At least in the research for high level olympic lifters, deep squats appear not to be as dangerous

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Are Deep Heavy Squats Bad for the Knees? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 6

So last time we went hard on the hips.  Hip health is one of my favorite things to talk about during the squat.  Another hot topic with the squat is knee health.  I’m sure we’ve all thought

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Assessing and Correcting Tibial Internal Rotation – Improve Your Deep Squat

We all know the importance of hip and ankle mobility for deep squatting.  What most people don’t know about is the importance of adequate tibial internal rotation. Say what? Ya, I was confused at

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Fitness Pain Free Podcast Episode 27: Preventing and Surgically treating Knee Injury with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett

Join Rob and I as we interview orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett about the most common knee injuries you’ll find in crossfit as well as how we can prevent and treat them. What are the most common

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FPF Podcast Episode 22: All About Knee Pain – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

Today meathead doctor duo Rob and Dan tackle a very common problem, knee pain.  Today’s podcast is all about patellofemoral pain syndrome.  Here’s what’s on the menu: 2:20 The nonsense

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6 Common Causes of Knee Pain and How to Fix Them: Part 3

      Part 1 – Part 2 Alright, so with the last two installments we’re all up to date with the latest from knee pain university.  It’s enough information to make your

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6 Common Causes of Knee Pain and How to Fix Them: Part 2

Knee pain sucks, especially if you’re an athlete.  Unfortunately runners, cross fit athletes and weightlifters commonly have knee pain.  Terms like chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral pain syndrome,

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6 Common Causes Of Knee Pain and How to Fix Them – Part 1

Knee pain sucks, especially if you’re an athlete.  Unfortunately, I see a lot of runners and cross fit athletes with knee pain.  Running and deep squatting already place a bunch of stress on the

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4 Easy Progressions of the Short Foot to Provide Knee and Foot Pain Relief

Hey man, keep your foot short!  Fix your foot.  Arch up! Not the most common cues you hear in the gym. My super good buddy and co-host of the fitness pain free podcast Rob Rowland asked me one time,

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