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23.11.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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When we experience pain or tightness in an area of our body we have been told we must stretch, massage and loosen the affected area to regain the lost mobility of the joint or muscle. This is the typical approach of health therapists, corrective exercise and most rehabilitation programs. And in most cases it is the most logical place to start, and often pain will subside and things go back to normal quite quickly with this approach. However in some cases this can be the worst thing you can do! For the person who has TOO MUCH flexibility, otherwise known as hyper-mobile, will not respond well to this approach, as they lack stability and need to be tightened up, not loosened. For 13 years I have worked with over 1000 people with all types of injuries and when I first started I rarely came across this case. However in the past few years I have seen a huge increase in these cases, and many times people come to see me after having tried several therapists, trainers and various health modalities that did not work, or even made the condition worse. I am not sure as to why this seems more common, and I see this problem mainly in females, but I believe one big factor is the rapid growth of Yoga and Pilates style training that emphasize more flexibility. And while both these are great forms of exercise, they have the potential to ruin the joints of a hyper mobile person if not used wisely, and especially if you do not move well standing up.

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21.11.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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This is one of those myths that has stood the test of time and is still being taught to many trainers, sports coaches and even some therapists. I don't know where this originally came from, but the belief behind this thinking is that letting your knees go over your toes when you squat, places tremendous pressure in the knee joint and will cause damage and eventually an injury. Not only is this not true, it actually is contributing to pain and problems elsewhere in the body by adopting this terrible method of squatting. If you watch elite weightlifters competing you will see their knees always go over their toes, and the taller they are the further they go. And not only do they not have knee pain, they have legs stronger than most people on the planet. What causes knee pain has more to do with hip and foot mechanics combined with poor movement strategies that were either taught or learned from an early age. This article we will explain the theory behind the squat and what the correct movement is.

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15.11.2017
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Over the past 10 years there has been a really strong push into health and fitness with many new franchise gyms opening and introducing people to strength training for the first time. It started with Curves & Contours and more recently with 24 hour gyms and Functional Fitness studios like F45 and Crossfit boxes. This is a big shift from the old days of aerobics classes and Les Mills type classes like body pump, body attack, body step etc held at the big gyms which were mainly attended by females while the blokes did body building exercises in the gym on machines or with free weights. I think the public has started to become more aware of the benefits of strength training, and the need to incorporate this into their weekly is seen as vital as eating healthy. However, ALL of the current approaches that I listed for strength training emphasize the same thing - ENDURANCE! And while this may seem like a great thing, it has hidden within this many potential problems that begin to create havoc on people's health. This article I will explain why.

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