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This past Monday (the 10th) a guest post I wrote on understanding pain went up on DeanSomerset.com - I don't think I could have possibly anticipated how positive the reactions have been to this post. Just a handful of hours ago I saw that the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's pain science division linked my post. I don't entirely know how to feel other than profoundly flattered.
I never much thought that people cared what I was thinking and maybe they still don't, but this experience has inspired me to start writing more often. I'll be posting what I write here as I decide it's ready. I'll be happy to address topics that I think I can handle as future articles, but I'm also the kind of person who's pretty comfortable saying that I don't know.
As a quick background on me, I'm a nerd turned nerdy personal trainer with interests in science based practice, applying neuroscience, sustainable lifestyle changes, myth busting, pain science, and making fitness accessible. At some point in the not too distant future I'll probably be heading back to school for something related to the field (maybe massage therapy) though I haven't decided just yet.
Most of what I've written so far has been posted on my site, but a lot of it is putting my spin on some old ideas. To get started I wanted to link an article exploring a bit of my decision making process in determining what I believe when it comes to all things health and fitness. I hope everyone enjoys.
Today's post is on a topic that I think gets swept under the rug a lot. Pretty much everyone advocates "good form" but it's entirely unclear what "good form" is. I do my best to define it, and challenge some ingrained ideas while I'm at it.
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I'm trying to post at least once every two weeks now, but it's tough to write things I'm happy with. Today's post is one I'm happy with.
I had the chance to see Ian Waterman "The Man Without a Body" in mid-April this year. I expected it to be interesting, but it turned out to be somewhat emotional.
Ever since I started working in fitness, the advertising of the industry has become increasingly noticeable. Equally so, the messages of our collective culture's attitudes on health and fitness have been seemingly shoved in my face. I think the latter happens to all of us, but I'm more aware because I look for it.
The big themes I see are shaming those who are out of shape, and providing those who are in shape with faux-motivational images that are more congratulatory self-advertising than anything else. In my attempt to provide some sanity amongst this, here's my latest which was inspired by a relative who was once an actor.
I've been writing much less frequently than I would like to as a consequence of starting school again. Maybe this one is a bit of a rebellion against what I keep hearing in school about how much alignment and posture matter. In any case, I did a healthy bit of research reading on Leg Length Inequality to see just how much an (often) unchangeable asymmetrical loading contributes to pain or injury.
I'm not sure anyone reads what I post here since it looks like a nice big conversation with myself. At least I'm polite company...
Today's post is a simple framework I use to organize my eating. I like this framework because it's very flexible based on goals and desires, but also allows for a quick mental check to keep yourself accountable.
Continuing the trend of talking to myself, I've written again. This time I've decided to speculate on one of the mechanisms involved in massage and/or foam rolling. There are a huge amount of untenable myths out there. I hope that I may have helped to dispel a few with what I've written. I really enjoyed writing it, so hopefully someone really enjoys reading it.