Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: myths

10,000 Hours and Marathon Records

Could you break the word record for the marathon after just four years of serious training? Dennis Kimetto recently ran the marathon in 2:02:57, 26 seconds faster than anyone else in history. Here is some footage from his incredible run. Looks pretty much like some guy jogging right? Although he doesn’t appear to running that fast, he… Read More

Do You Even Mobility?

A few months ago I came across a very informative video by Dom Mazetti, a distinguished professor of bro-science. In the video, Dom uses a flow chart and well-established principles of bro-logic to determine whether someone “even lifts.” If you haven’t already watched it, I highly recommend it. So why am I posting a video about… Read More

Which Workout is Best?

Many of my clients want to know what is the best exercise program for them. So they will often ask me what I think about the relative merits of some particular system of exercise: pilates, or yoga, or kettlebells, or Feldenkrais, or barefoot running, or CrossFit, or free weights, etc. I certainly have opinions about… Read More

Assessment of Pelvic Tilt

How do you know where your pelvis is at? Does it rotate or tilt forward/back, left/right, up/down? A new study suggests that if your only method of finding out involves palpation of bony landmarks on the pelvis, you will likely have no clue. In this study (full text available) the authors had the excellent idea… Read More

“Can You Feel that Knot?” Not!

I get this question all the time in my practice as Rolfer. It usually prompts me to start trying to correct some misconceptions. Here’s why. 1. Thinking about knots might increase threat First and foremost, there is good reason to believe that the way we think about the state of our body can affect our… Read More

Some Myths About “Toning”

A primary fitness goal for many people is to “tone” their muscles. This is a confusing word that is associated with some very large misconceptions about the way muscle responds to exercise. I am hardly the first to point out this problem, but it is so ubiquitous that I thought I should do my fair… Read More