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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 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

By Selene Yeager - I feel like my cycling, training life is a bit like a Chinese buffet right now. A few favorites, a few new flavors, some stuff I’m not sure about, but hey, why not give it a whirl? Here’s a look at what’s on my plate and why: Cyclocross: I’ve always really enjoyed this muddy mash up of cycling, running and roller derby. This year, I’m loving it. I ride hard, get heckled, try to pick good lines, and simply have fun. If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to take a stab. You’ll be back for more. Swimming: I’m only going once a week. But it’s just what I need on a Monday morning after ‘cross racing (see above) and

By Geoff Lepper - With 2,023 minutes already logged and seven matches remaining, San Jose Earthquakes captain Ramiro Corrales is on pace to play more minutes this year than he has in any MLS season since 1999. Did the 34-year-old, who had to take cortisone shots in preseason to relieve his persistent back pain, find the fountain of youth? No, he just got a really good book recommendation from Quakes assistant coach Mark Watson: “Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain and Move with Confidence,” written by Summerland, Calif., back specialist Dr. Eric Goodman, who has worked with a number of athletes, including those on the US Olympic water polo team. “It’s been helping me a lot,” Corrales told MLSsoccer.com. “[The back pain] was

By Gary McCoy - Have you ever read a book that became a life changer? Usually, its because you took action- did something different with the new knowledge you acquired. It’s rare to find something that awakens your mind- but you can find something that is a tipping point- the final piece of a puzzle you’ve been trying to solve. Thats the way it was for me with Foundation, by Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park. Have you ever noticed how ANTERIOR society is? As I type n the keyboard- the innate pull forward is an enemy of overall human movement. So too- are our one sided rotational sport patterns. We often train the anterior- and forget the other haf of the equation-

By Selene Yeager - Strengthen and Stretch for More Effective Riding All those hours hunched in the saddle come at a cost. "The small muscles in the front of your body (hip flexors, quads) work harder relative to your largest muscle group (low back, glutes, hamstrings)," says Santa Barbara, California-based chiropractor Eric Goodman. The result? A lopsided tug-of-war that can cause a world of hurt--and ineffective riding. This sequence strengthens posterior muscles and stretches the ones in front. Do it three or four times a week. START HERE FOUNDATION SQUAT A. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width. B. Extend your arms until they're shoulder-height and lower yourself into a squat. Press through your heels to come back to start. Do 10. GOOD MORNING A. Stand with legs shoulder-width apart,

Back pain is a barrier to millions of people, interfering with their health, happiness, and enjoyment of life. The creators of Foundation Training talk about why and how they developed the program, and how to begin your journey in eliminating back pain. Dr. Eric Goodman (top photo) brings innovation to the Health and Fitness community. In creating Foundation exercises he found a way to successfully manage and prevent common injuries while creating accountability in clients of all types. After establishing a career training professional and Olympic athletes using Foundation principles, Dr. Goodman is now introducing his ideas to the public. The official strength and conditioning coach for Lance Armstrong, Peter Park (bottom photo) is a former world-class triathlete and ultra runner, and