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Even though he was considered conventionally “strong” Eric Goodman was a broken down mess at 25 who had major spinal surgery recommended to him. The creation of the Foundation Training is the culmination of figuring out how to heal his injuries and back pain himself using his anatomy and chiropractic training. We talk about our super compressed modern bodies and what that means for us, what the posterior chain is and why rehabilitating its functional strength and integration matters, how outdated our conventional notion of the core is- and what “core” actually means, and how it’s possible that an x-ray of Eric’s spine today would still show a big old mess there, and yet he is pain free. Listen to the

By Casey Kerrigan Which of the thousands of stretching and strengthening exercises out there should you make a habit of doing every day? It’s important to know that very few targeted type exercises have ever been studied scientifically. Meanwhile, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do more than a handful of them. I’m fairly active. I run, I lift (not weights, just factory stuff), I garden like a maniac and occasionally decide that I should re-side the house. Even before starting OESH, when I had my “sedentary” job as a Medical School Department Chair, I’d often run to and from work. Because of this, I’d never felt the need to do any additional types exercise, except for one, and

By Selene Yeager For me, it always starts in my knees—usually the left knee, around the upper inside “second kneecap” area, though it occasionally gives me an IT-band jab on the lateral side. It’s just a twinge at first. Then it gets more persistent, sending out emergency flares both on and off my bike. Fortunately, my back never pipes up, but for most of my riding friends, that’s where they receive their warning shots and lingering aches and pains. I heard from three of them this week alone. The seat of this discomfort for many riders can be found, well, on their seat—or more specifically, it istheir seat. Why? Because we cyclists may be able to carve our initials in a windowpane with our

By Dr. Aaron Burk Some people may know my story and some may not. It’s been a long time in the making and I finally feel good about telling it. This post provides a look at all of the hurdles that I encountered in my quest to get rid of pain. My hope is that my story can give someone else that may be in a similar situation some relief in knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Foundation Training was the single most important discovery that I made during my journey and it is something that I believe can help many people who face similar pain.  My journey started when I was 16 years old. At the time

Posted by Foundation Pilates on Jan 19, 2014 Dr. Eric Goodman was in chiropractor school when he developed an exercise program called Foundation Training, and it wasn’t for extra credit. It was to get himself out of pain. Goodman’s back pain was so severe he was told he’d need surgery to correct it, but that wasn’t an answer he was willing to accept. Since he had watched his own mother “fix herself” after a bout with sickness, he knew fixing himself was possible. And Foundation Training was born as his way of doing it. How it Works Foundation Training goes about “fixing” people in pain and strengthening anyone who practices it by teaching folks how to move in the way our bodies were designed to

Click HERE to view the entire interview! By Dr. Mercola Exercise has been one of my passions for 45 years now. It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to go to medical school, as I intended to use exercise as a therapeutic modality to improve people’s health. I eventually shifted more to using nutrition as my primary tool, because I realized the fuel you provide your body is really crucial to obtain optimal health. But you really cannot be optimally healthy without exercise. More recently, I’ve become convinced that non-exercise movement, i.e. the way we move when performing normal everyday tasks, may actually be the most important component of exercise. Dr. Eric Goodman is an emerging pioneer and superstar in the world of

By Devon McGregor - For several weeks leading up to October 10th, I had been looking forward to my trip to New York. And, although I have visited this great city that is home to Lady Liberty and nearly 8.5 million of her citizens on many occasions before, this experience, I knew, would be special. I don’t often use the word REVOLUTIONARY lightly. That kind of word is usually reserved to describe Apple’ iconic products. Never before have I used that word to describe a fitness modality. However, FOUNDATION TRAINING is, in my opinion, revolutionary. Created by Dr. Eric Goodman, an easy to like Californian, Foundation Training (FT) “is a series of exercises based on integrating the muscular chains of the body.” Dr.

By Dr. Joseph Mercola - I recently learned of Dr. Eric Goodman’s work through his TED presentation and was excited about the simplicity and elegance of his approach to exercise — an innovative method called Foundation Training, which he developed while in school to become a chiropractor to treat his own chronic low back pain. He now teaches classes and seminars on this method — co-created with Peter Park, a world-class professional athlete trainer. Foundation Training exercises are designed to help your body be the strongest it can be and move the way nature intended. Many professional and Olympic athletes use and are big fans of his work. Exercise has been one of my passions for almost 45 years now. It’s one of

By Dr. Eric Goodman  If you are reading this, congratulations, you made it. You have lived through the entire year of 2012, and avoided yet another potential apocalypse. What I find most fascinating about all of the end-of-the-world hype we saw in the days leading up to December 21, 2012, is how easily we humans are able to create complex and dire explanations for things that more often than not end up following very basic principles. I see this pattern every day in my work with athletes and clients who are seeking to improve performance or reduce pain. Rather than focusing on building up a solid foundation and layering from there, they sometimes become derailed by complex strategies, "state of the art"