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Interview with Israel Halperin – Athlete, Trainer, and Researcher

I’m excited to share this interview with Israel Halperin – an MMA & Thai Kickboxing athlete, trainer, and researcher. He’s competed, trained, and studied internationally with many prominent figures in his field.

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Cobra Classic MMA fight, California – 2001

Israel’s perspective is a balanced one. While remaining practical and relevant for his athletes, he keeps his biases in check through his humbling research experience. I’m proud to know him personally. In this short but informative discussion Israel shares some of his insight on training athletes.

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    Improve Movement by Training Movement – Not Specific Muscles

    runningA pervading idea in the fitness and therapy industries is that altered or “dysfunctional” movement is simply the product of specific muscle weakness (or imbalance). The solution, of course, is to find the weak muscle and strengthen it. The result: correct movement, and therefore decreased risk of injury and chronic pain.

    Is this true? Can strengthening specific muscles improve movement form or technique?

    As usual, things are a bit more complicated than that. Let’s gather insight from a few research studies, using one of the most common examples: gluteus medius strengthening for running mechanics.Continue Reading

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      Does exercise order matter? Reviewing the research

      what should you do first? last?

      what should you do first? last?

      People tend to focus on a lot of silly details when it comes to designing exercise programs. Many of them don’t matter.

      But some do!

      One of the details that may actually matter is exercise order. A review article recently published in the journal Sports Medicine summarized the current research on this topic. 1 Most of the findings are intuitive, lining up well with conventional gym-wisdom. However, there were a few findings that go against popular belief.

      Let’s quickly summarize:

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        Book Review: The Running Injury Recovery Program by Bruce Wilk

        For those of you who run – and suffer from running injuries (which I presume is most of you) - this book may be of interest to you.

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          How Pain Works, Part III – Nociception

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          Larger version below!

          The science of pain is actually very interesting, and involves everything from chemistry to cultural studies and everything in between. It can get complicated, but we’ll keep things simple and understandable while remaining as accurate as possible. Here we will start with some of the basic science of how potential pain is detected and transmitted through the body.

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