Can Your Eyes Contribute To Neck Pain?

Written by: Anthony Carey

Tight and weak? Need to ‘fix’ your muscle imbalance? If you think that paradigm is going to help them, this research review article is sure to change your mind. This article highlights one of the many considerations that we employ when designing an exercise program as a Pain-Free Movement Specialist. These tools need to be part of your mission, enrollment is open now until this Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to start today!


Chronic pain is complex, resulting from many inputs processed through the nervous system and the brain. As humans, we rely heavily on our vision to assess and navigate our environment and maintain balance.

Visual references are also one type of input the brain relies on to determine a potential threat to the organism. For example, have you ever found a bruise on your body that did not hurt until you noticed there?

bogus vision article

For those suffering from chronic neck pain, vision provides a great deal of feedback about cervical range of motion along with the mechano-receptors in the joints and soft tissue. The endpoint a person sees when turning his or her head and experiencing pain combines with a cluster of other information occurring at the same time to form the neuro-representation of the pain experience in the brain, or what Melzack (2001) calls a “neuro-signature.”

Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Squat?

Written by: Derrick Price - Courtesy of IDEA Fitness Journal

Ex Rx: Could the traditional advice for this exercise mainstay be leading your clients astray? Research provides answers.

“Hey, keep your knees behind your toes when you squat!”
“Deep squats are bad for the knees!”
“My doctor told me I should not squat anymore.”
“You should never let the knees cave in or out during a squat.”

Chances are you’ve heard this advice and maybe even given it to your clients. I know that for many years in my career I’ve been guilty of making similar recommendations to clients from all walks of life. The problem is, where did this advice come from? Is it valid and who is it valid for? What principles should we follow when doing or teaching one of the most popular exercises on the planet?

This article will share much of the latest research about the science and application of squats and will help separate fact from myth. I’ll then explore squat training fundamentals and provide strategies for personalizing squats so they match clients’ abilities and goals.

3D Weightlifting with ViPR

Written by: John Sinclair - Courtesy of ViPR Blog

Have you ever asked yourself how traditional Olympic lifting translates into the specific biomechanical/connective tissue needs of the athlete? As Movement Masterminds & ViPR Global educator John Sinclair articulates/demonstrates in this latest blog, ViPR allows any athlete to expand beyond the realm of traditional Olympic lifting patterns into an environment that’s 3 dimensional. An environment that can truly mimic the kinematic & tissue demands of any sport. Thanks for the info Johnny!

The benefits of Olympic weightlifting and the popularity of the sport have grown tremendously since I started learning the snatch and clean & jerk back in 1994.

I remember how painstakingly challenging this was as a rookie. It was by far the most frustrating skill to learn, since it required strength, power, precision, timing, and motor control (all at the same time). It was also a bit nerve-racking as it meant that, as soon as I got more proficient with the lifts, I had to add more weight! Yikes.

CLICK HERE: Weightlifting with ViPR – Video 1

CLICK HERE: Weightlifting with ViPR – Video 2

I have been coaching, programming and participating in weightlifting now for almost 20 years. In that time I have learned a ton from lifting tonnes. I have tried different methods, found what works for me, and even been able to enhance some competitive lifters. The most astonishing revelation I came up with happened just last year. It was during my stint as the fitness director at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston Florida.

The 3D Booty: Training the Glutes for Form & Function

Written by: Derrick Price (Courtesy of IDEA Fitness Journal, Sept. 2013)

Booties, butts, glutes and rumps.

Our fascination with enhancing our posterior spans the training spectrum, from the aesthetic-focused client to the performance driven athlete. Yes, we want our backsides to look better, but we also need them to function more effectively, judging from the increasing number of knee and low-back injuries (Hoy et al. 2012).

Our current approach to the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex—emphasizing concentric muscle activation and linear movement patterns—provides an incomplete picture of how the hip joint and surrounding myofascia receive and transmit a variety of forces.

This article will explore some unique kinesiological and biomechanical principles to widen our perspective on how the glutes function in many of our favorite exercises. After that, you’ll find exercise strategies to give your clients the butts they’ve always wanted and the hip function they require to move optimally.