Trigger Point Therapy 101

Author: Patrick Ward Training hard comes with a price. That price is usually some sort of nagging pain or injury that we typically just assume will be with us for the rest of our lives. “Oh yea, it is just my bad shoulder. It always aches after I bench.” “You know how that knee is. There is usually a dull pain in there all the time.” Oftentimes, these injuries can be alleviated by some soft tissue … Read more

Knee Pain Basics

Author: Mike Robertson Today we’re going to cover the basics of knee pain – whether you’re an end-user, a trainer/coach, or somewhere in between, I hope this piece gives you an understanding of my core philosophy behind long-term knee health. Rule #1 – Do No Harm! In my shoulder and low back series, this was one of my prevailing thoughts. If you don’t know what to do when someone is injured, the very least you … Read more

Heart Rate Variability: Do You Have a Healthy Heart?

Most everyone knows that a low resting heart rate is a positive indicator of a healthy heart, one that is capable of moving blood around the body in an efficient manner [1].  In fact, some world-class athletes, Lance Armstrong for example, have resting heart rates as low as 32-34 beats per minute where the average person is more likely in the 60s or 70s. However, as I have recently discovered, resting heart rate is only … Read more

Overtraining Syndrome: Rest, Recover, and Regenerate

Author: Patrick Ward Recovery is an essential aspect of the training process. Put simply, if we aren’t recovering from the stresses we are placing on our bodies, we can’t improve. We typically discuss various training methods and strategies to help improve sports performance, often overlooking the importance of recovery and what we are doing outside of the gym as a way to maximize what we are doing inside of it. I’ll admit, talking about recovery … Read more

Cracking the Coconut

Author: Amy Kubal Thinking about coconut draws to mind images of a tropical beach, pina coladas and indulgence.  Unfortunately, many health professionals hold to the idea that the saturated fat in coconut is unhealthy and intake should be minimized if not avoided.  The Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association and many other organizations recommend avoiding coconut due to high levels of saturated fat.  Saturated fat is ‘believed’, by a majority of medical and health community members, to … Read more