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"
By Traver H. Boehm - It’s the unfortunate state of our sport. Ask any physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist what they think of CrossFit and the reply is usually, “I love CrossFit, they keep me in business.” Ouch. I don’t believe CrossFit is inherently dangerous, especially if taught by intelligent, experienced coaches. However, CrossFit is brilliant at pointing out people’s natural, athletic, structural, and muscular deficiencies. As coach Eric Malzone says, “CrossFit is going to let you know all of the ways that your regular life has screwed you up physically.”Unfortunately, it often does this through an injury. Malzone and I actually own a CrossFit gym together, and we’ve had our fair share of “gurus” walk in and present their new-fangled gadgets and modalities. Oh wow, you’ve combined muay Thai, Zumba, yoga,
By Dr. Joseph Mercola - According to recent research, if Americans cut back on the amount of time spent sitting down, it could add years to their life expectancy. Unfortunately, most people spend a large portion of each day in a seated position. It's hard to avoid these days, as computer work predominates, and most also spend many precious hours each week commuting to and from work. Sitting Takes a Heavy Toll on Health The study estimates that reducing the average time you spend sitting down to less than three hours a day could increase your life expectancy by two years. Reducing the time you spend watching TV to less than two hours a day could increase it by 1.4 years. As reported by NBC News: "'The
By Robert Rodriguez Jr. I consider my self to be pretty healthy, and I spend quite a bit of time making sure my fitnesslevel stays high. This includes weekly yoga, strenuous hiking, and weight training. But there’s one thing that’s truly kicked my butt over the years: chronic lower back pain. Due to numerous back injuries, hiking with a heavy backpack, and lack of a clear strategy for eliminating the cause of the pain, I’ve struggled with this problem far longer than I want to remember. While yoga has helped, it’s a tricky balance between doing enough and doing too much, which can lead to injury (as it did with me). I’ve tried other approaches such as chiropractic and stretching, but never with lasting results. Most
By Marc Heller, DC Learn Back Pain Exercises to Relieve Low Back Pain The very first time a yoga teacher told to me to lean forward against a wall to do a modified down dog (wall dog), I was petrified. My lower back, my discs, do not like sustained flexion. The yoga teacher showed me that the goal was to lengthen the spine and keep it in neutral. Once I got over my fear, the modified down dog became a mainstay of my disc exercise routines. I am reminded of this because foundation training uses a "braced spine" position as a way to strengthen and tone the back extensors, in concert with activating the wholeposterior chain. Eric Goodman, the chiropractor / trainer who developed
By: Alex Hutchinson When I returned to Mountain biking at 35 years old my fitness level was terrible. I was 25 pounds overweight and struggling with Bronchitis. Through Mountain Bike riding, training and racing I lost the weight and got in top form but I started having problems with my lower back. At 37 when I started BMX Racing the same problem came up. My lower back just couldn't handle the workload of working, riding, training and racing. My back pain affected my outcomes, forcing me to miss more than one event. I let the excuses rule for a short while. You know them - old age, genetic predispositions, Physical limitations - the lies we tell ourselves when life seems too hard. Yet
By Dr. Daniel Kalish The same mentality that brought us chairs and long days in front of computers brought us work out machines and gym memberships. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyles create poor postural and movement patterns and we take these poor patterns into all forms of exercise as we attempt to get fit and make up for all the sitting and inactivity, it’s a vicious cycle we go round and round in. Do you see lions, tigers or bears working out in gyms? It’s a silly question but if you take a moment to think about it wild animals spend most of their time sitting or lying around, not training for hunting, all this interrupted by short bursts of extreme physical