• Are General Orthopedic Screens A Missing Tool in Your Toolbox?

    I remember back in physical therapy school we used to do balance screens for the elderly in our community.  It was such an awesome idea.  We could easily assess risk of falls in our elderly patients and give some easy exercises to follow to reduce their risk of a...
  • How to Assess Overhead Mobility: Part 1

    This month’s Insiders webinar is a thorough step by step process of how I assess overhead mobility.  I’ve written a lot in the past about overhead mobility.  It makes up a huge part of my treatment for both treatment, prevention and performance.  This will be part of an in...
  • The 10 Best Articles of 2016

    It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) Assessment and Stretch 2: The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt 3: 5 Common...
  • 6 Principles to Finally Fixing Your Overhead Mobility

    Gaining new overhead mobility seems to be an elusive thing.  We all want it so we can snatch, kip and jerk like all-stars, however few seem to get there.  What gives?  In my experience gaining new motion can be very challenging but if we follow specific principles it can...
  • Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) Assessment and Stretch

    Hip extension has been a big theme of the past several posts so I figured I’d keep on riding that train.  This week we talk hip extension, iliopsoas and the TFL (tensor fascia latae).  These muscles can be a limiter of hip extension but not just in the traditional...
  • Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 1 – Assessing and Building the Basic Kipping Positions

    As you all know I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness), coach adult gymnastics at Crossfit Verve and am a full time physical therapist.  Because of this I have the unique...
  • How Tight Lats and Kipping May Cause Shoulder Pain (Subacromial Shoulder Impingement)

    Oh the Lats!  Easily one of the internet’s favorite muscles.  Can’t reach overhead?  Gotta be the lats.  Can’t do pull-ups?  Better train those lats.  On a trip to bat wing swole town?  Gotta hit those lats!  I must say, these muscles get a lot of attention....
  • How the Shoulder Affects the Front Rack and How to Address It

    Are you the guy who’s pinky slips out from under the bar during a max clean and jerk?  Do your wrists kill after thrusters?  Can’t even touch the barbell to your chest during push press? You might have a front rack issue.   The areas that are generally limited...
  • Which Ankle Mobility Drill is Best for Me?

    https://youtu.be/auR8avcD1m4 Some time back I came out with this video showing an easy assessment for ankle mobility.  Ankle mobility is essential for technique during deep squats, pistols, lunge and step-up variations.  It’s also something that’s implicated in knee pain, potentially causing knee valgus in deep squatting movements.  ...