July 2011 Archives

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When you push yourself in the gym or on the playing field for any length of time eventually you’re going to get some aches and pains. As a performance coach I always have clients bitching about being sore and walking in with some variation of “my elbow/shoulder/knee/pussy hurts!”. Sometimes this is just a result of a hard game or training session, sometimes it’s a client trying to be lazy, and sometimes there’s actually something wrong. The bottom line is that if you’re taking things to the limit then sooner or later something’s going to hurt. As a result of dealing with this type of thing a lot in my own training as well as working with clients, I’ve gotten pretty good at playing “Mr. Fix-it” when my clients have a minor situation.
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In my last post I went over the basics of what self-myofascial release (SMR) was and how it is basically the second coming of sliced bread, or the ill nana when it comes to helping you get more flexible and cure some little aches, pains, and dysfunctions. If you’re lost, check out the intro post here.

When it comes to SMR most people are familiar with working on their lower body, often the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and even the dreaded IT bands. This isn’t very comfortable but it’s totally awesome for recovery. Since that stuff is widely available, I’m not going to focus on those areas. Today I’m going to cover how to work on a couple of spots that don’t see as much love from the typical gym rat but may be the spots that are holding you back.
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All right, it’s time to finish up this series on how to clean up muscle tightness and dysfunction issues using Self-myofascial Release (SMR).

*****For an idea of what SMR is check out the first post in the series here. To learn a couple of quick lower body techniques that will have your back and knees feeling better go for the second article here.*****

As I went over in those two posts, SMR is pretty awesome for working on the big muscle groups of the lower body and fixing a lot of issues. What most people don’t know is that you can do it on the upper body as well and really get into some tight spots that can result in shoulder, elbow, or neck pain, headaches, and general a lack of growth and mobility.
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