• 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 squat.  With this knowledge in mind we can easily modify the squat for...
  • How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain is an enormous obstacle you’ll undoubtedly encounter as a coach.  Many athletes have trouble with lower back pain when they deadlift.  It makes sense, deadlifting really stresses the low back right?  Of course.  Most coaches deal with this on a regular basis. The trouble comes when...
  • The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt

    If you’re a therapist or coach who regularly studies biomechanics you’ve undoubtedly heard of anterior pelvic tilt.  Anterior pelvic tilt (as shown in the featured image above) is when the pelvis dumps forward excessively.  Although the anterior pelvic tilt is sometimes over villified, I do believe it plays a role in...
  • 6 Step Guide to Prevent and Treat Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 2)

    Welcome back.  So in the first installment we broke down: What extension based lower back pain is Which movements have the potential to cause it Compensations that lead to overextension and potential pain Training errors that can potentially lead to pain If you haven’t checked out part 1 of this...
  • 3 Drills To Correct Muted Hip and Reduce Extension Based Lower Back Pain

    Since we just went over extension low back pain earlier this week I felt like this would be a good topic for today because a muted hip can occur for the same reasons extension based low back pain occurs. A “Muted Hip” is when athletes prematurely drop under a...
  • 5 Common Causes of Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 1)

    We all know that lifting with a rounded lower back can certainly cause some lower back pain.  What’s also important to wrap your head around is that many people don’t have trouble with lumbar flexion (lumbar rounding) but with the opposite motion called extension.  Lumbar extension is what this...
  • Are Deep Loaded Squats Bad for the Lower Back? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 8

    Last week we spoke about some ways to make deep squats safer for the knees.  This week we talk spinal health.  So, does long term exposure to heavy loads in the squat increase the likelihood of low back pain?  Like in the knee, this is a tough question to...
  • Save Your Spine by Learning How to Assess and Correct Deadlift Patterns

    We all know how important it is to keep a neutral spine while deadlifting.  There are so many fantastic videos out there showing how not to deadlift.  Here’s one of my favorites: http://youtu.be/X4P14V7rqbg I honestly feel bad posting this video.  In reality this looks like a hard working gentleman,...
  • Finding the Best Squat Stance for Performance, Hip and Lower Back Health

    Proper squatting forms the basis of any performance system and is essential to meaningful function as an athlete and human.  This includes all populations including the elderly (might need to scale though, bro).  As an athlete and as a practitioner who treats fellow CrossFitters frequently, one of the things...