November 2006

Any exercise with the word ‘dead’ in its title is bound to have a bad reputation. The Deadlift exists as an irony. Those who treat it like a sin most dire are often the ones who need it the most. If your back or knees are a mess, you’d better learn to pick things up correctly, and that is all a deadlift really is, proper lifting technique for anything. The medical community denounces it strongly while its street credibility grows through word of mouth and proven results. Although the common perception of this lift is of a giant bar being handled...

If I were King for a day, I’d alleviate so many issues, fears and apprehensions about training by simply replacing the word ‘exercise’ with the word ‘movement.’ The squat, feared, revered and misunderstood, might then be seen as an essential part of life instead of some evil force that causes bad backs, bad knees and destroyed egos. Whether intimidating or simply technically challenging, the squat is too often ignored, abused or badmouthed by folks who should consider them something special and essential for anyone’s toolbox. But let’s rethink the squat as a movement, not just a massive intimidating exercise. And...

They're small, squishy and according to many folks, "work miracles at releasing muscle tension." They're small balls that please. These tiny bundles of joy work at releasing pent up muscle tension that is often bound up and stored in various areas of the body. If you sit at a desk for a living or travel a lot, chances are you're a perfect candidate for this type of therapy. If you lift heavy things and put them down on a regular basis you're also somebody who'd benefit from these balls. So how exactly does a small piece of rubber, massaging oneself, and...