Strength training for the deep stabilizing muscles

Personal Trainer

Written by:  Nathaniel Christoforou  (Exercise Science student, Deakin Unviersity) Everyone with an interest in strength training knows the importance of targeting the large muscle groups such as those in the legs, back and chest:  as these help build muscular strength.  Training these larger muscles is also visually appealing.  However, in many training circles it’s often the smaller, deeper muscles that are overlooked. There is a gap in the understanding of these smaller muscles and the vital…

Read more…

Preventing injuries in the New Year

Written by; Brenton Watson (AEP) Accredited Exercise Physiologist With the start of a New Year, many people make resolutions to become fitter and stronger than ever! This can mean you start a new training programs, or return to regular exercise after an extended break over the Christmas period. Whilst these fantastic New Year intentions are a positive step towards a healthy lifestyle, we need to be careful to avoid injuries in the process! Whilst the…

Read more…

Diagnosing and Treating Anterior (Forward) Pelvic Tilt

Written by: Sebastian Mann  Bach. Exercise and Sport Science (current) What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt? Anterior Pelvic tilt (APT) is a postural condition where the orientation of the pelvis in respect to the femurs (thigh bones) and the rest of the body is moved or tilted forward away from its neutral or correct position and becomes the resting position of the pelvis. What causes Anterior Pelvic Tilt? This musculoskeletal condition is extremely common in modern…

Read more…

Using load management in the treatment of tendinopathy

What is a tendinopathy? Written by Matthew Azzopardi AEP (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) Let’s start with the basics. Tendons connect muscle to bone and are important in transferring forces to assist movement. Tendinopathy is a condition often caused by repetitive overloading of the tendon over a prolonged period of time. It encompasses several changes in the tendon tissue fibre, such as size and cell/matrix structure changes, including a change in collagen fibre type from type I…

Read more…

Warning Signs for Low Back Pain

As an exercise physiologist, one of the most frequent sites of pain I encounter in my work with clients is low back pain. According to The Medical Journal of Australia, up to 80% of Australians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Worse still, it is thought that 10% of Australians will suffer from significant disability resulting from back pain. This has prompted researchers to call for back pain to be identified as…

Read more…

The Listening Foot: Foundations For Movement

Your feet are the essential stabilising system for your body.  Similar to the foundations of a building, your feet provide the sensory foundations for most of your daily movements.  When your feet are rigid and moving incorrectly, this triggers an entire chain of incorrect movement patterns through your body!  This cascading impact of dysfunction is often detrimental to effective movement in the gym, in sport, and in daily life.  Thus, your feet must be viewed…

Read more…

Hip Flexor Tightness: What Is It and What Can We Do About It?

What is “tightness”? When clients tell us that they feel “tightness” in a certain part of their body, it tells us that they are experiencing restricted movement.  But what is the cause?  Restricted movement can be caused by several factors that are usually inter-related: Decreased muscle flexibility. Joint mobility issues. Problems with other connective tissues, e.g., scar tissue, myofascial trigger points. Incorrect muscle activation and relaxation patterns. We live in an age where the average…

Read more…

Are you dying or drying out?

Our unique corrective exercise approach to training and exercise involves the use of fascial release techniques to release muscle tension and improve the movement quality of our clients.   The benefit is that it reduces your risk of injury while training and increases the effectiveness of your exercise routine.  Read more in our recent blog post on understanding fascia and your flexibility. The following video highlights another benefit of releasing tension within your muscles’ connective tissue. …

Read more…