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December 12, 2012

Why Peyton Manning chose Denver

Ok, so this is just a guess, but based on Peter King’s article from Sports Illustrated, Peyton Manning chose Denver so he could have access to Muscle Activation Techniques guru Greg Roskopf.    Why fly to Denver every week when you can just drive down the road?  Oh, and Tebow?…We knew he wasn’t going to last.   Enjoy playing in Jacksonville next year.


April 10, 2012

New rules for stretching

It’s good to see mainstream magazines finally picking up on this thought process.  Your traditional static stretching isn’t really doing what you think it’s doing.   If you’re stretching because you have tight muscles, you’re addressing a symptom.  Let’s flip it and start addressing the weak muscles which are usually the root cause of your symptoms.   For more info on imbalances and asymmetries you might be having and how to properly address them check out Muscle Activation Techniques.

January 28, 2011

Avoid Training Setbacks with Muscle Activation Techniques

Just a little MAT plug and some helpful info for those running into barriers with their exercise routines.–You-ve-slipped-up-on-your-January-Resolution-to-Exercise-More—Here-are-Some-Ideas-for-a-Mid-Course-Correction_page.aspx?pageId=276&announcementId=1341&portalId=2&cid=631

September 22, 2010

The dreaded office chair

A great article from Men’s Health that will make you think twice about sitting at your desk for extended periods of time.

Have some tension in your back and shoulders…Try Muscle Activation Techniques.  Those tight muscles might be due to weak surrounding ones.  Instead of trying to address the symptom, go to the cause!

March 6, 2010

Prevent Tendonitis with Muscle Activation Techniques

Has anyone been diagnosed with tendonitis–which sometimes manifests as that nagging shoulder or elbow pain that just doesn’t seem to go away?  Have you ever wondered what’s really going on?  We often don’t think about how muscles help stabilize our joints.  In fact, muscles not working properly may cause tendonitis.  Muscular imbalances may lead to abnormal joint wear and tear, resulting in pain and potential injuries.  Next time your shoulder or elbow begins to hurt, don’t just ice it down–get to the root of the problem.  Muscle Activation Techniques can help with this.  It helps identify and correct muscular imbalances that may lead to sore joints.

January 22, 2010

Eat your Kiwis

Ok, I know kiwis have nothing to do with Muscle Activation Techniques but every now and then I’ll throw you some useful nuggets on nutrition.

Ounce for ounce, kiwifruit has more vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana. It also supplies some folate, vitamin E and lutein, a carotenoid that may help keep eyes healthy.

For those that know me, I could stand to use a bit more carotenoids in my diet!

January 22, 2010

Running Injuries

Flip through any health-related magazine and you’ll find study after study highlighting what to do and what to avoid.  I take these studies lightly because the next week I inevitably read another study contradicting the first. With so many studies and conflicting results, which one are we supposed to believe?

I was flipping through the IDEA Fitness Journal and found another study—this one observed running-related injuries (which many of my clients come in with). The article cites that other research has reported that 70 percent of runners sustain some form of running related overuse injury, with 80 percent of injuries occurring at or below the knee.

According to the lead author, “Based on the literature review, it appears that foot pronation and inadequate hip muscle stabilization are the top categories for injury.  Hip muscle weakness especially appears to lead to atypical lower extremity mechanics and increases forces on knees and feet while running.”

Here’s an easier way to look at it.  Your knee is a reactive joint; it does whatever your hip and foot tell it to do.  If your hip is unstable, your knee will have to work overtime in order to compensate.  If your foot is unstable, the same thing can happen.

When I see clients experiencing knee pain, often times one of the first things I check is the stability of their hip.  If the hip is stable and not causing the pain, I see if I can find any imbalances in the foot.  Remember, the site of pain is typically not the source of the problem.  Another important note here is that the source of the pain could be coming from anywhere.  We mention the hip and foot, but those could just be starting points.  Could a limitation in your shoulder affect your knee?  You betcha!

That’s the goal of Muscle Activation Techniques: to address muscular imbalances that lead to pain and injuries.

September 11, 2009

Greg Roskopf thanked on ESPN

I was just watching John Stockton’s NBA Hall of Fame speech and as he was thanking everyone that has helped him through the years.  Very cool to see Greg’s name mentioned.  For those that don’t know, Greg developed Muscle Activation Techniques and has worked on many pro athletes.   It’s cool to see athletes at such a high level like John Stockton experiencing the benefits of MAT.   It’s not just for athletes, it’s for all of us…from everyone that is experiencing pain to those that want to see better results in the gym.   For more information on Greg, check out his Bio.

May 9, 2009

GW Classic Pics

A couple of weeks ago, I was a vendor at the GW Classic 10 miler in Old Town Alexandria.  We had a really great turnout and I  talked to a bunch of runners about Muscle Activation Techniques™ .  After conducting range of motion evaluations  and performing muscle testing, it was amazing to see how quickly the runners responded to MAT.  Check out the photos from the race–hope to see you next year.

April 28, 2009

GW Classic Follow Up

Thanks to everyone for stopping by on Sunday.  It was great talking to all the runners that participated in the GW Classic 10 Miler.   Many of you were experiencing a wide range of symptoms including hip pain, knee pain, IT band tightness, foot pain and shoulder pain.  Although I only had about five minutes to spend on each of you, I hope you learned a little bit about how Muscle Activation Techniques™ may benefit you.  For many of you, I was able to find at least one weak major muscle on your body and explained how that can negatively affect your running.  If we can strengthen at least one muscle in five minutes, imagine what we could do in one hour!