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What Assessments Work Best?

Note from MR: Today I’ve got a really interesting guest post from Dean Somerset on the topic of assessments. Before you read it, make sure to take a deep breath and put your personal preferences aside. Read with an open mind and listen to what he’s saying here. And if you want to learn more […]

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The IFAST 4 Step Athletic Assessment Process

One thing that we’ve always been known for at IFAST is our assessment process. We’ve had people come from all parts of the world (including Japan, Bulgaria, Europe and Australia) to have us take a look “under the hood.” However, I’m a firm believer that just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you can […]

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Sagittal Plane Still Matters!

There’s been a ton of talk lately about how important the hip and ankle are to knee health. And I’ve done a lot of the talking, so trust me, I don’t disagree with this sentiment! A smart approach to knee assessment and training will absolutely include looking at the entire kinetic chain, and especially the […]

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Should You Use Manual Muscle Testing?

Manual muscle testing (MMT) can be a valuable tool in your assessment arsenal. Now I know what the naysayers are going to say: It’s not reliable enough. It’s hard to use between testers. And trust me, I agree with those sentiments. Like virtually any test in isolation, manual muscle testing is not perfect. But as […]

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Assessing Posture in Single-Leg Stance

Every coach worth his salt probably realizes that you’re always assessing your clients. Sure, there’s the initial screen or assessment where you try to determine what they do well, what limitations they have, etc., But at the end of the day, you really should be assessing your clients every second of every session with them. […]

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Diagnosis Fitness – Who, What, When, Where and Why

Since Bill and I announced our most recent dates for the Diagnosis Fitness seminar, my inbox has been flooded with people asking questions about it. As such, I figured the best way to handle this was a blog post. That way, instead of crafting an individual response to each and every person who writes, I […]

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The Breath-Stress Relationship

Today I want to give you a very practical example of how breathing and stress are interwoven. Below I’ll give you a classic example of a client who walked into our gym last week. He’s been under a great deal of stress, and just by looking at the amount of tone he has in his […]

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What is Diagnosis Fitness?

Lots of questions regarding the upcoming Diagnosis Fitness seminar lately, so Bill created this short video to answer those. Enjoy! Register Now for Diagnosis Fitness Hope to see you there! Best MR

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Q&A Front Squat Issues

Q: I’ve got most of your products and look forward to getting the newest one coming out soon.  I have one question and hope you can help me. Front squats cause my lower back to ache and tighten up when performing.  I do the squat to stand drill and have a tough time getting my […]

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Q&A: Assess and Correct

Question: I failed almost every test in Assess and Correct – how do I decide what to do? This is a great question.  Although I haven’t been asked this more than a handful of times, it definitely warrants a response.

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My Top 10 Fitness Books

We all have “those” books. You know the ones – they always lay next to your bed, either with dog-ears or post-it notes to mark the most important passages. These are the books that have helped mold you as a coach or trainer. Today, I thought it might be helpful to give you all some […]

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Training and Assessing Hypothetical Guy

At my seminar in Vancouver this weekend, I got some really fantastic questions. There were a few times, though, when “Hypothetical Guy” made an appearance. If you’ve never met “Hypothetical Guy” before, let me introduce you.

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Q&A: Knee Extension

Q: I have a girl with very serious knee issues.  She has already had a partial left medial meniscectomy, and the docs are ready to “clean her up” again.  My tests showed horrible ankle and hip mobility, a left hip impingement, and she’s on her way to a knee replacement at 30 if we don’t […]

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Q&A: Assess and Correct 2

My name is JP.  I bought Assess and Correct a while back, and I have procrastinated in applying it.  Now I am going through it and I am wondering:  When implementing the corrective exercises, how often should I do them?  And which ones should I do?  Just the first ones recommended?  When should I progress to […]

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Case Study: Lateral Epicondylitis

I’m going to start a new feature section for the blog that I think you’re really going to enjoy. I know many of you are interested in what we are doing that gets results.  As such, I’m going to start writing up case studies of clients in our gym that had great success with our […]

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