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The Truth About Pec Strains

Justin Ware and I were talking about pec strains the other day, so I figured this would be an opportune time to discuss how pec strains come about in the gym. Now, keep in mind (as many are more than willing to note) I’m not a therapist, so I’m not going to discuss treatment strategies.  […]

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October 21st, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.19 My Thoughts on the Lumbar Spine and Low Back, Part II In Part I, we discussed my general philosphies on treating and preventing lower back pain.  In Part II, we’re going to discuss some specifics when it comes to training and coaching. Training Obviously, training is a very broad topic, […]

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October 14th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.18 My Thoughts on the Lumbar Spine and Low Back, Part I In this new series for my newsletter readers, I’m going to discuss my training thoughts and strategies when it comes to the various joints of the body. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked about how […]

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Broscience Volume 1

This is going to be a new and ongoing series here on my blog.  I’m going to evaluate statements that may sound great to the lay person, but when examined closely doesn’t hold much water. Today’s first installment is going to discuss some of the science behind flexibility and “short” muscles. Here’s a statement I’ve […]

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My Bookshelf #2

In this edition of My Bookshelf, I’m going to review a more “lay” book – Born to Run. Born to Run is the story of how the author, Chris McDougall, went from barely being able to run, to finishing a 50-mile trail race in the middle of Mexico.   Chris had suffered from chronic heel pain, […]

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September 7th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.17 Re-Building the Reverse Hyper As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of powerlifting.  It has provided a great link between athletic career and my love of strength training.  More importantly, I feel like the sport has molded me into the person I am today. One of the most influential people […]

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August 26th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.16 How Healthy is Running? A few days ago, I reviewed a NY Times article which espoused the benefits of running on joint health.  If you’d like to see my entire write-up, I’ve provided the blog link below: Running Blog The biggest issue I had was when the author stated that […]

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Running and Knee Health

An IFAST member recently passed along the following article from the NY times.  When you combine my affinity for anything knee related with the fact that it alludes to joint health benefits of exercise, I was immediately intrigued.  Here’s the article: Can Running Actually Help Your Knees? So you read the title and think, “Cool, […]

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Hammer Those Hips!

It seems as though hip pain and dysfunction is a real hot topic as of late.  I can’t tell you how many e-mail inquiries, as well as new clients, I’ve seen in the past couple of months that dealt with some sort of hip dysfunction. Not surprisingly, as we become better at diagnosing hip issues, […]

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My shoulders hurt!

Last week, I evaluated a potential new client at IFAST.  She was in fantastic shape overall, as she’d already been exercising for over 5 years straight. The problem, however, was her shoulders – she was complaining of poor mobility, and some general pain and discomfort when exercising. As I was going through her assessment, it […]

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July 14th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.14 Pulling up your Bench For whatever reason, my bench has been feeling great lately.  I feel like I need to knock on wood so as to not jinx myself, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to have some decent bench pressing sessions. Even when I was competing […]

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The Justin Ware Project 2.0

Many of you may remember a post a year or two ago about my good friend Justin.  We’ve known each other for many years, and came up powerlifting together while at Ball State University. After many years of powerlifting and bodybuilding training, when Justin and I started training together about a year ago, the guy […]

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Mike Rants: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Originally published at FLzine.com You’d think that with me being a “mobility guy,” I’d lead this off with a quote alluding to the fact that mobility is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’d then write an entire article supporting that fact, and follow it up with a slick sales pitch to make some extra […]

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Mike Rants: Corrective Exercise

Originally published at FLzine.com If I hear the term “corrective exercise” used in a disparaging sense one more time, I’m going to take up sword swallowing as a part time hobby. I guess I get fed up with the term because people try to use it in a negative fashion to bash my colleagues or […]

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Yoga is Overrated

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Yoga is Overrated by Mike Robertson Yoga is overrated. Yep, you heard that right. I don’t care what your GP, best friend’s niece, or US magazine told you. It just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Is it bad? Absolutely not. In fact, I’ve done yoga myself in the past […]

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