Busting the core myths … again!

Posted by By Hans Lindgren DC on 5 August 2011 | 0 Comments
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Over the last decade we have been inundated with different methods of strengthening the core, and not long after has there often been others describing them as ineffective and have been calling it “busting the myths about the core”. ...read the full post

Boot-Camp Lecture

Posted by By Hans Lindgren DC on 23 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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We held a lecture for a group of personal trainer/boot camp members at Good-Life Alexandra Hills today. It was a great group to work with since most of them were experienced trainers and were keen to learn new things. ...read the full post

What is wrong with isolated exercises?

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 12 July 2011 | 0 Comments
There has been a lot of criticism against the traditional body-building type of training lately and as a result of that the “functional training” concept has emerged. Don’t get me wrong I am not going to claim that isolated muscle training is in any way superior to “functional” type of training. My aim is to show that training with muscle isolation is not as bad as it has been accused of being. “Train movement not muscles” is a phrase that has been frequently used. First of all we cannot train a muscle without a movement unless we perform isometric exercises. Instead of regarding it as isolated muscles let us call it isolated joint movement. Secondly to achieve isolation there has to be……Stabilization! ...read the full post

Introducing the Biceps-plank

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 12 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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A frequently used core stabilization exercise is the Plank-exercise. If you haven’t been exposed to it previously I will give a short description: The individual is supposed to lie on the floor face down supporting the body on the elbows and toes. Tensing the abdominal wall to keep the body straight like a plank is said to strengthen the core and there has even evolved a core stabilization test out of this exercise. The test a timed challenge where the ability to remain in this position for a certain period of time is used to evaluate core-strength. One method of evaluating the plank test is a straight time trial in stationary plank position. Another version of testing includes the lifting and holding of limbs for certain periods of time in a specific pattern. Both these testing methods are using quantitative measurements to evaluate core strength. There is never any mentioning of proper joint position, neutral spine, good stabilization patterns and evaluation of breathing. Of course it will exercise the abdominal wall but I do not consider it to be a good core-exercise. ...read the full post

Flexion exercises

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 5 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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This is not going to be yet another repetition of the general consensus on flexion exercises within the strength and fitness industry. Many people have turned their backs on flexion exercises because they believe it will harm the discs in the lumbar spine.

"I am not disputing previous research I am only stating that I am not convinced by the conclusions." ...read the full post

Baby boot-camp

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 30 June 2011 | 0 Comments
We never have to teach babies to lift their legs, turn around, change the support from elbows to hands, sit up and finally stand up and walk. It all happens automatically and at about the same age for every healthy baby. The development program for a baby is hard-wired in the brain and gets triggered off by the baby’s emotional needs of looking, feeding and moving. It all happens as an automatic chain-reaction and follows the same sequence for all healthy babies. One position’s pressure on specific support zones and the development of adequate stabilizing forces triggers the next functional pattern off. ...read the full post

It started with Craig Liebenson

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 28 June 2011 | 0 Comments
My first real exposure to Functional Rehabilitation was by Craig Liebenson in 1999. Craig came to Melbourne and put on a fantastic performance. He kept us entertained for four full long days and completely sold the concept to the group. I think Craig would be proud to know that 12 years later many participants from that initial group are still involved in the Australian rehab program, and there are 7 of us from that first course that now are certified DNS practitioners. ...read the full post