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Win a Copy of Assessment and Exercise

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Filed Under (Fitness, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 03-08-2012

On Tuesday, August 7, “Advance Screening” of Assessment and Exercise is happening.

This is a chance for EFI subscribers to get early access to the next edition of Muscle Imbalances Revealed before it is officially released on Tuesday, August 14.

Today is your one and only chance to win a copy of “Assessment & Exercise”.

And it will only take you a minute to enter.

Just leave a short message for me about…

“Why Assessment & Exercise would be the perfect tool to finally help you identify and fix muscle imbalances in order to help you or your clients overcome injury, fitness plateaus, reach performance levels, and prevent injuries?”

Feel free to share about your past and current struggles working with injuries, fitness plateaus, flat performance levels, or preventing injuries. Make sure to highlight the specific ways an assessment and exercise program will help you get better results with your clients or yourself.

I’ll go through every single one of your responses before Sunday at 5 pm EST, and I’ll choose TWO winners.

If you win, you’ll be notified by email and I will give you online access and will mail you the physical DVDs of Assessment & Exercise.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Rick Kaselj,
Creator of Assessment & Exercise

PS – Don’t miss the amazing SALE that starts on Tuesday…

…you’ll also get FAST ACTION bonuses and of course, the Assessment & Exercise Program.

I want to hear from you about your challenges with assessment and exercise.

NOTE: The contest ends on Sunday, August 5th at 5 pm EST. Winner will be contacted by email, and I’ll be judging the entries.

PSS – Again, here are the steps.

1) Answer this question:

“Why Assessment & Exercise would be the perfect tool to finally help you identify and fix muscle imbalances in order to help you or your clients overcome injury, fitness plateaus, reach performance levels, and prevent injuries?”

2) Write a little post in the comments section about how an Assessment & Exercise program can help you and your clients.

3) I’ll pick 2 winners on Sunday.

4) The 2 winners will each get a copy of the Assessment & Exercise program (digital access and physical DVDs).

Now go down down to the comment area and enter.

Assessment and Exercise for Athletes

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Filed Under (Fitness, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 16-07-2012

I am working on the next edition of Muscle Imbalances Revealed. It focuses on Assessment and Exercise.

As you know, the first two contributors are Nick Rosencutter and John Izzo. On Wednesday, I will let you know who another one of the contributors is.

Right now, I am working through Nick Rosencutter’s presentation which is on Assessment and Exercise for the Athlete.

I have not gone through the whole presentation yet, but I have gone through the assessment section.

This is what is covered:

  • Difference between stiff and short muscles and how each is approached differently when it comes to the athlete
  • Importance of identifying RTP muscle imbalance in athletes
  • What to do about poor lumbopelvic stability and control in bilateral and unilateral foot positions in athletes
  • Common imbalance issues for the squatting athlete
  • Importance of performing the triple athlete hip assessment
  • What to do with a positive triple athlete hip assessment
  • Ideal hip muscle firing for optimal sprinting performance
  • If an athlete has poor hip extension, what injuries it can lead to
  • Importance of assessing hip flexion in order to address athlete energy leaks in performance

Here is a click from his presentation:

Mark down July 31, as that is when the advance screening of MIRA will be available.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Here is a kind word about Muscle Imbalances Revealed:

 

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Friday the 13th from Las Vegas

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Filed Under (Fitness, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 13-01-2012

Getting ready for another presentation in Las Vegas.  I was here in October and I am back again.

Today’s presentation should be fun. It is a little more of a business talk on what were the things that I did with my blog and social media that have helped my fitness business over the last few months.

Now usually, I put a nice photo of something here, but to be honest, I have been in the hotel room working.  Working on my presentation, writing, planning for 2012 and this month’s Injury of the Month (IOTM) which is tennis elbow.

2012 – They Year of the Injured Dragon

The year has started off hot in 2012.

Training has picked up with fitness professionals and the questions on injuries is through the roof.

This great to see because it is important for fitness professionals to know how to assess an injury, know what to do if your client has an injury and what exercises to do or not to do.

Let me give you an example.

A lady contacted me that wants to do some online training with me.  She has seen 3 personal trainers but fired all of them because they did not know what to do for patellofemoral pain syndrome.

She contacted me and asked if I could help and I said, “yes.”

The second question she asked was, “Do I have any experience with injuries?”  I sent her a link to EFI and that answered her question quickly (Your blog/website is the best business card you can have so spend some time on it.)

Lets get on with the mash-up.

Online Magazine’s Question on Neck Pain and Posture

I got emailed a few questions on neck pain and posture from an online magazine.  As usual, I can’t say anything until it is in print but I am sure you have used one of their search engines of late.

The online magazine emailed me and asked me about neck pain and posture.  I thought the question was good and my reply may interest you.

What are the consequences if these (or other small, often neglected muscles in the neck) are not considered in training?

If these neck muscles are not addressed, this puts great stress on the neck and the shoulder. When these two areas are stressed, it has an effect on the rest of the body. If these small muscles lack the activation, endurance and strength to keep the head in good alignment, this will force upper trapezius and levator scapulae to work harder in order to keep the neck in good alignment. As these muscles contract for a long period of time, tension builds in these muscle which leads to pain. Very much like holding your fist tight for a long period of time.

If you want more info on Exercise Considerations for Neck Pain, you can check out an article I did for Mike Reinold, here.

Here is an intermediate level exercise for a neck injury:

 

Neck Pain Book

I am a Personal Trainer who has previously ordered your programs which have been very beneficial in dealing with my clients.

Beginning in January, I will be working with a client who is in need of neck rehabilitation. The gentleman has disk herniation and bone spurs have formed causing him a degree of pain with neck/shoulder movement.

Do you have a rehabilitation exercise program designed to deal with such problems. If so what is the cost?

Thanks for your time and any info you have to offer!

Happy Holidays!
KG

I have been very very slow at replying back to this one.

Let me say it right now, I am working on a neck pain book.  I am about half way done.  I just need to work on the exercise side of things.  It will be out in the next few weeks.  I will let you know when the release date is.

KG, check out the article that I mention above, this will give you some ideas.

Plus check out Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Upper Body 2.0 Edition (MIRU).  I have a section in there where I go through designing a program for the neck and go through a stack of exercises.  Here is a clip from my presentation:

 

Getting BCRPA CECs

Hi Rick.

In June of 2011 I downloaded your How Exercise Can Help Beat Cancer. I would like to use this for BCRPA credits for my renewal. Can you tell me how I do this.

Thanks

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It is really simple.

When you ordered you were send download instructions.

In those download instructions were details on how to access the CEC exam.  Download the CEC exam and print it out.

Now watch the video presentation and while you are watching the video presentation, fill in the CEC exam.

When you are done the video presentation and exam, send me the filled in exam by mail, fax or email.

I will mark it and send you the results.

UK Magazine on this Injury Stuff

An editor from a UK magazine (Sorry, can’t reveal the name.) said this about the stuff that I have done:

“All of them would be good to investigate / feature in an article as in this day and age alot of the worlds population have / will suffer from one of these conditions.”

Very cool.

I know the world needs more information on exercise and injuries because there is a huge need but I also know, in your area were you train clients, there is an even bigger need.

Kind Words

Muscle Imbalances Revealed is the most comprehensive educational tool a coach could ask for. The amount of information contained in the DVDs and online is enormous. I would highly recommend MIR to any serious coach or trainer.”

Josh Koenig CSCS

I very much appreciate the feedback, Josh.

I got a lot of exciting new stuff coming up with MIR (both upper and lower).

Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Lower Body Edition – CECs

Hello Rick,

As I am listening to the second video of your on line course “muscles imbalance, the one on mobility”, I am wondering if and where I can get access of the cec exam and get started on it as I move along. I find this method easier on me and my memory.

Could you pls guide me on where to find it in your program and download it.

Thanks,

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My answer is very similar to above.

With the Muscle Imbalance Revealed Series, things are a lot more comprehensive.

Lot into the membership area of MIR.

In there will be the CEC exam.  Download it and print it out.

As you are going through the presentation and fill in the exam.

After you are done the presentation and exam, send them to me.

I will mark it and then send you your CEC certificate.

Friday the 13th In Vegas

It should be an interesting night.

If not, I will probably be in my hotel room working on my article for Monday which is fun for me.

Thanks for reading and had a great weekend.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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Using Corrective Exercise to Overcome an Injury

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Filed Under (Ankle Injury, Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Gluteus Medius Exercises, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 17-12-2011

A great article for you today.

It is a guest blog post from Nick Rosencutter.

Enjoy.

Take it away, Nick.

Injuries are no fun.

They are a pain, literally.

They can stop you from doing something you love.

They can cause nagging aches and pains.

They can affect you mentally.

They can ruin your day.

They are something that most people try to avoid.

On the other hand, they can also be a blessing in disguise. This is something that I have realized first hand.

The Rush of Training

I absolutely love training, especially powerlifting. I love the thrill and rush of stepping on the platform to compete. I love pushing my body past limits and growing stronger both physically and mentally when I push past barriers with my training. I love being in great shape and moving weights that most people can only wish to move. I’ve loved training (notice I said training and not “working out”) for over 12 years without a break (which really isn’t that much and I still have a long way to go).

When I’m not training, I’m helping others train, reading about training or dreaming about training. The deadlift happens to be my ace and pretty much my favorite thing to do in the world. In my opinion, there is absolutely no better feeling than locking out a heavy deadlift as you feel every muscle in your body tighten up to make it happen.

The hip drive, grip strain, the glutes coming through, the back locking out, the traps stabilizing, the intrinsic foot muscles gripping the floor, the blood rushing through the veins and the rush that flows through the body and mind; just an amazing feeling that only certain people will understand. Not being able to do this for a period of time was devastating.

Great little video from Nick on Gluteus Medius Exercises:

Training Stupidity

Flash back to November of 2008. I had just done my fifth meet in about seven months, which was probably a little too frequently. I was on pace to pull my first 600lb deadlift at a bodyweight around 178-180. Training had gone well as I had pulled 610 with band tension, tripled 540 and had made good progress on most of my assistance work. Well, I ended up missing 570ish at the meet when I had nearly locked out 585 a few months earlier. Part of the problem was just training stupidity. I had gone too intense for too many weeks before the meet and had competed too many times. But I knew that couldn’t be the only issue at hand because when I made that attempt, the weight was coming up smoothly; I thought for sure that I had it locked. Then as I approached lockout, I just couldn’t finish it. I was upset to say the least.

The Injury was in the Details

So at this time, I was in my last semester in the exercise science and strength & conditioning program at UW-La Crosse. Luckily, I was surrounded by some very knowledgeable people who knew their stuff. I spoke with one of my mentors, an amazing strength coach who knows a thing or two about the iron game. I showed him a video from my missed deadlift. He immediately pointed something out that I hadn’t noticed or really even thought of. My left leg began to shake as I approached lockout. He looked at another video of a 560 pull I had made easily a few months earlier. I had some rotation occurring through my hips and trunk as I pulled the deadlift. It was subtle, but you could sure see it.

So what the heck was going on?

He evaluated me and found out that:

  1. my left glute was not firing as well as my right with hip extension
  2. my right shoulder had some issues as well
  3. my subscapularis was very fibrotic and was stopping my scapula from moving as efficiently as it could

If you have ever read any of Thomas Myers’ stuff on fascia and exercise, this should make you think of the spiral line: opposite hip and shoulder.

I’m assuming that many who read this page know about the book, Anatomy Trains, so I won’t get into tons of detail, but the spiral line is a line of fascia that wraps around the body and at a certain portion of its path, connects opposite hip and shoulder together; basically meaning that an issue with one can affect the other with various movements.

This had implications with the rotation that was occurring with my movement. So he did some ART on my hip and shoulder (left TFL and right subscap among other things) and gave me a few corrective exercises to fix this imbalance that I had. This was probably my first real personal experience/encounter with the world of muscle imbalances and corrective exercise.

I had been decently well versed in every strength and conditioning modality imaginable but had apparently slacked on this whole other department. I was determined to fix my imbalance and get better. I decided to take some time off of competing and hammer these things out for a little while. The January following this encounter, I would embark on my full time internship in order to finish up my degree, which would turn out to be one of the best experiences of my entire life.

Muscle Imbalances that Affected My Lifting

Enter Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training with a couple of guys named Mike Robertson and Bill Hartman. I learned a tremendous amount about training during my amazing time there and was totally immersed into the world of analyzing and addressing postural faults and muscular imbalances. I had no choice but to get better.

They discovered some of the same that my mentor at La Crosse had plus more:

  • left glute medius was weak
  • left glute max had gotten a little better but still wasn’t great
  • external obliques weren’t where they needed to be, which meant that I didn’t have optimal control over my pelvis and trunk and was leaving pounds on my lifts
  • lower traps were weak, especially the left side, which meant that my scapulae were not as stable as they could have been (implications for all of the big lifts)
  • I had a slight shift and rotation with squats and pulls, which was definitely part of the issues listed above.

Those were some of the main problems for me. So I hammered out lots of special exercises to help balance things out and get my lifts up. I did however, make one mistake. I still trained too intensely, too often. I picked a meet that I wanted to do that May and trained for it.

Little clip from Bill Hartman’s Presentation in Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Lower Body Edition:

Now, these issues that I had were things that were probably going on for a long time. In my early days of training back in high school, I really had no true idea what I was doing (though I sure thought I did) as I pretty much just taught myself and learned from random gym rats and magazines back then.

The shifts and rotation that I had with my squat and pull were subtle enough that an average eye would never notice them, so who knows how long that had been going on. While I had gotten along fine and had built up to a respectable strength level and build, fixing some of these things earlier could have saved me lots of trouble and probably helped me to hit bigger weights easier. I mean, locking out a max deadlift with one glute firing versus two glutes firing is kind of a big deal. So anyhow, I was training hard and lifts were going up, etc. until…..

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That is the end of part 1.  I got part 2 coming up very soon.  Big thanks to Nick.  We all have an in jury story.

About the Author

Nick Rosencutter, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, LMT – Nick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also a Nationally Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Fitness emphasis and Strength and Conditioning Concentration from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and received his diploma in Massage Therapy from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy in Milwaukee. He has worked with all varieties of clients ranging from fat loss to various levels of athletes and is also a competitive powerlifter. He currently trains clients at Southridge Athletic Club in Milwaukee and offers corrective exercise and movement training at Miller Sports and Wellness Chiropractic in West Allis. You can learn more at his website www.rosencutterultrafitness.com

Rick Kaselj, MS

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MIRU2 Questions

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Filed Under (Fitness, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 16-11-2011

My inbox has been flooded with questions about Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Upper Body 2.0 Edition – (MIRU2) all week.

 

I have answered all of them but I wanted to make sure that I have answered yours.

If you have a questions about Muscle Imbalances Revealed, please do ask it below.

You can ask it in the comment area or send it to me via email ([email protected]) .

Q – What is new with MIRU2?

I have not done a good job explaining this.

This is what we have added to MIR for the 2.0 version.

#1 – Mobility Med Ball Workout (26 minutes)

In this update, Kevin Yates from MIRL, takes you through a variety of mobility exercises  that you can do with a medicine ball.  These exercises help loosen up the upper body, activate the scapular and rotator cuff muscles, improve thoracic mobility and focus on integrating the upper and lower body.  This is going to be great if you are looking for new med ball exercises ideas and looking for a workout with the med ball that will help with the upper body.

#2 – UBD – Bootcamp Edition (3 minutes)

This is an awesome dynamic warm up for the upper body. Josh Saunders takes you through a 4-minute upper body dynamic warm up that he takes his 100 bootcamp clients through on a weekly basis. He has found this has been something easy to add to his classes, has decreased the injuries his campers have had, is quick and is fun to do. This is going to be great for any bootcamp instructor or if you are looking for a quick dynamic warm up for the upper body. You receive a video of the exercises and a book with all the exercises in it.

#3 – Upper Body Release (9 minutes)

This is a video for manual therapists looking for ways of releasing the upper body muscles. Dr. Erson Religioso III takes you through a number of the manual therapy techniques he uses with his clients to help release muscles that are tight and active in the upper body. This is going to be great for manual therapists that are looking for more techniques to release the upper body, especially pec minor.

Update #4 – VIP Coaching Call # 1 (44 minutes)

This is one of the calls we did with MIRU members where we answered their questions about MIRU but also on a whole lot more of topics.  On the call we talked about when and when not to use a weightlifting belt, ideas on what to do about kyphotic (rounded mid-back) and lordotic (increased curve in lower back) spine while driving, when tension is needed and not needed when doing exercise, fatigue and the rotator cuff, how to address strength differences on different sides of the body, when to do and not to do soft tissue work, expanding on assessments for athlete, lifts to address hip dominance and where does breathing factor in when teaching lifts.

Update #5 – VIP Coaching Call #2 (50 minutes)

This is the second coaching call we did with MIRU members.  Once again with this call we expanded on what we went through with MIRU plus a bunch of other stuff.  Specifically looking at what we chatted about is what to do with a meatheads that don’t want to do the corrective exercises, what to do with tempo and training, how to integrate core training into your workout, different exercises to hammer the core, training considerations for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), improving performance with ankle exercises, things to do about a sprained wrist and what to do about piriformis pain syndrome.

Update #6 – Top 7 Core Exercises (12 minutes)

I asked Dean Somerset, “What are his Top 7 Core Exercises?”  He sent me these 7 exercises.  I take you through the exercises.  Dean gives you bodyweight, stability ball, medicine ball, dumbbells and cable exercises to improve core fitness.

Update #7 – Top 9 Meathead Exercises (13 minutes)

I asked Tony Gentilcore, “What are the Top 9 Exercises for Meatheads That Want to Lift More?”  So Tony sent them to me and I go through them for you.  Tony highlights exercises with the ball, sock, dowel, wall, resistive band, half foam roller, rack and pulley to help meatheads lift more.

Update #8 – Upcoming VIP Coaching Call

As you can see, from above.  The coaching calls have been a huge hit and we will do one more of them very soon.  Make sure to write down your questions ad you go through MIRU and send them to us so we can go through them on the call.  If you can make the call, you can ask us live but if you can’t we will record it and send it to you.

Update #9 – Forum Area to Ask Questions

We have set up an area that you can ask your questions.  You can put your questions here and we will answer them.

Those are the 9 things we have added.

Q – What Order Should I Watch MIRU2?

This is a great question.

After viewing the presentations, this is the order that I would suggest to view the presentations:

  • Component #8 – Neck Exercises for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Strength with Rick Kaselj
  • Component #7 – Unraveling Muscle Imbalances in the Shoulder with Rick Kaselj
  • Component #3 – Myofascial Training for the Upper Body by Dean Somerset (49 minutes)
  • Component #1 – Corrective Exercise Strategies for Athletes (and Meatheads, too) with Tony Gentilcore (1 hour 7 minutes)
  • Component #4 – Advanced Core Training & Conditioning with Dean Somerset (48 minutes)
  • Component #5 – Linking Breathing with Rehab, Training and Performance with Dr, Jeff Cubos (55 minutes)
  • Component #2 – Avoiding Common Programming Bloops and Blunders with Tony Gentilcore (1 hour 18 minutes)
  • Component #6 – Picking the Right Soft Tissue Tool for the Problem with Dr. Jeff Cubos (28 minutes)

This order has things start from the head and work down to the core.

Q – What Are People Saying About MIRU2?

I am embarrassed by this but the feedback for MIRU2 is really starting to roll in.

This is what an exercise enthusiast said about it:

“MIRU was excellent overall.

It provided an excellent balance of technical and practical information for me.
I have always been a fitness enthusiast but am thinking about getting re-certified and doing some personal training and it was a great refresher and more!

MIRU provided me with some great stuff to add to my ‘fitness professional toolkit’ and was a great compendium of information.”

Matthew Guertin
Exercise Enthusiast / Policy Analyst/ Former Personal Trainer
Ottawa, Ontario

This is what an athletic trainer said about MIRU:

“Dear Rick,

I am a Head Athletic Trainer at Pro soccer team in Japan.

Your MIRU is helping my athletes to get better.

MIRU has changed or improved what you do.  It has been improved variation of rehabilitation exercise.”

Kiyoshi Higure
Head Athletic Trainer
Albrex Niigata
Japan
 

Q – Who is MIRU2 for?

There are two groups it will help:

  • Health & Fitness Professionals
  • Exercise Enthusiasts

It will help health & fitness professionals (personal trainers, bootcamp instructors, strength coaches, kinesiologists, physical therapists, etc) by giving you new information, assessments and exercises to help with performance, training and rehab.

It will help the exercise enthusiast that likes to learn more about what they can do to improve their performance, looking for different training ideas and how to prevent or help recover from an injury.

Q – Briefly Explain what is MIRU2?

It is a program that helps you better understand what to do to improve performance, fitness and rehabilitation results in the upper body.

You get the insight from Tony Gentilcore, Dr. Jeff Cubos, Dean Somerset and Rick Kaselj on assessment, training technique and exercises for the upper body.

It covers a broad spectrum of topics.  It covers training errors, common lifting mistakes, core training, modalities to help recovery, exercises for neck and shoulder injuries.  It also covers two topics that are important but are rarely talked about which is breathing & movement and fascia & exercise.

A little while back, Thomas Myers commented on my Facebook page on the importance of fascia and exercise.

Q – How does MIRU2 Work?

When you order MIRU2, you will get access to a private membership area where you will see the 8 video presentations.  You can view the presentations right off the internet or download then to your computer.

There are handouts and copies of the presentation that you can download and print out to take notes on.

You will have unlimited and lifetime access to the membership area and any updates to the program you will get for free.

Even with the MIRU being out for only a few months, we have already added a bunch of new stuff.

Q – What makes MIRU2 so special?

It is like having a conference on your computer minus all the travel time and expense.  You get the insight of 4 experts in the area from a wide variety of professions.  We cover a board range of topics that will help improve performance, training and rehab results in the upper body.  You can learn at your own pace and when it is convenient for you.  Plus you can easily earn valuable CECs and CEUs.

Q – Can I Earn CECs or CEUs with MIRU2?

MIRU has gotten CEC and CEU approval from many fitness association here are the ones that have been approved:

 

Even if you association is not listed, it is easy enough to petition to your association for CEC or CEUs.  I can help you out with that.

Q – How can I get CEU credits for purchasing MIRU?

It really is simple.

  1. In the membership area you will find the CEC Exam.  Download that and print it out.
  2. As you go through the video presentations, answer the multiple choice questions.
  3. After you have answered all of the questions, send me the answer key.
  4. I will mark it and send you your certificate of completion which is what you need for your CECs and CEUs.

Q – What if it Does Not Help Me or If I Don’t Like it?

Email me at [email protected]  It would be nice if you let me know why you would like a refund so I can work on improving the product in the future but other than that one question, I will give your money back, no worries.

Q – I have bought MIRU but I can’t access the membership area as my email has changed.

Just email me at [email protected] and I will switch things over to your new email address.  No worries.

Q – Do You Have a Question?

If you have a question, you can leave it in the comment area, email me at [email protected] or even better yet:

Call Me At ==> 1-888-291-2430

Rick Kaselj, MS

 

How To Address Muscle Imbalances in the Upper Body

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Filed Under (Fitness, Interviews, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed) by Rick Kaselj on 13-11-2011

A few days ago, I did an interview with Kevin Yates.

Well he did an interview of me.

Ya, me:

This is was what I (Rick Kaselj) go through:

  • Biggest muscle imbalance issue in the upper body
  • How our digital lifestyle is affecting our bodies
  • The cascading effect of injuries in the body
  • How to assess muscle imbalances in the upper body
  • What people can do about muscle imbalances in their upper body
  • A huge trend that is happening with clients in the gym
  • Importance of addressing breathing in an exercise program
  • How poor breathing can affect to muscle stress and pain
  • Great example of integrating breathing with an exercise
  • Where the idea of Muscle Imbalances Revealed came from
  • What was covered in the lower body edition
  • What is in the upper body edition
  • Who I am

I hope you enjoyed the interview, let me know what you think or email me and let me know if there is someone I should interview.

Rick Kaselj, MS

One more thing.

Few Kind Words about MIRU:

Thoroughness of Info

What I liked about MIRU is the thoroughness of the info.

MIRU has given me some more insight into what I was already doing, and a bit of peace of mind that I was on the right track.

Breathing info made me aware I need to spend more time emphasizing this.

Scott Rawcliffe
Personal Trainer
Gold Coast Australia

One last thing.

This is a little video on how to download the interview to your computer:

 

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Top 5 Muscle Imbalances Mistakes

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Filed Under (Fitness, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed, Plantar Fasciitis) by Rick Kaselj on 13-11-2011

With the upcoming release of the second version of Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Upper Body -, I thought it would be fitting if I highlighted a few muscle imblances mistakes that I have seen.

When people hear the words “muscle imbalance”, they think “tight muscle” so let me stretch it.

This is kind of right – you need to stretch – but why does the muscle imbalance come back after you stretch?

Because there is much more to eliminating muscle imbalances permanently than just stretching tight muscles.
That is mistake #1 when it comes to muscle imbalances.

Let me go through a few more that you or your clients might be making.

#2 – Not Looking at Fascia

 

We all know someone who has plantar fasciitis.

There is a good chance what they have been given to address their plantar fasciitis is stretches.

Many times this will provide temporary relief but the pain comes back.  The reason why: people try to address plantar fasciitis like it is a muscle issue even though it is fascia issue.

This is one example but there are numerous other examples in the hamstrings, biceps and IT band.

In order to address muscle imbalances, you need to address fascia in the body like it is fascia and not muscle.

#3 – Not Taking Breathing Seriously

 

Only focusing on breathing out during exertion and breathing in during relaxation phases of exercise are important to keep a steady blood pressure in clients but breathing is so much more than that.

It needs to be integrated into core exercises in order to relax the diaphragm and the accessory muscles of the chest wall.

It needs to be integrated into dynamic exercises in order to assist in movement efficiency and proper movement patterns.

It needs to be incorporated into stretching and self massage (SMR) in order to get the maximum benefit from the stretch or self massage plus relax surrounding muscles and fascia.

#4 – All Core Training is the Same

 

Over the last 13 years, core training has evolved tremendously.  With more research being done on the continuum of core training when it relates to clients who are rehabilitating an injury, improving fitness results or maximizing performance goals.

Core training has become a continuum that you move along or focus in on in order to get the results that you want.

There are a lot more examples of mistakes exercise enthusiasts and health & fitness professionals make when it comes to muscle imbalances but I think you get the point from just these four examples.

Next time you come across a tight muscle, remember, there is more than just stretching it out.

Rick Kaselj, MS

P.S. – One thing that may help you is the Muscle Imbalances Revealed series.  Here are some kind words from a strength coach on the program:

“I Have a Deeper Understanding of Muscle Imbalance”

As a fitness professional who works with athletes as well as elderly clients, I feel MIRU has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of muscle imbalance.

MIRU has changed the way I progress through a client.  I now begin to look at all opposing muscles to see where the imbalance is before I start my progressions.

Joseph Yager
Independent Strength and Conditioning Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Baseball Instructor
Urbana IL

 

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Working Towards 10,000

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Filed Under (Achilles Tendinitis, Achilles tendinosis, Achilles Tendonitis, Fitness, Knee Injury, Knee Pain, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed, Shoulder Injury, Shoulder Pain) by Rick Kaselj on 26-10-2011

I get lots of email. Let me answer some of the questions that came in over the last week or so.

What to Do About Bootcampers with Painful Knees?

Brenda found me on Facebook.

“Hi Rick, I’ve got a couple of clients with dodgy knees and a lot of my boot camp has running, which is too painful for them – can you offer suggestions that will give them just as good a workout and that are safe? Thanks, Brenda”

If you are looking for a program to help you out, I recommend this:

Working Towards 10,000

I mentioned this in last week’s questions from readers.  I am working towards helping 10,000 health and fitness professionals help 1,000,000 clients become pain and injury free by 2020.

It is an ambitious goal but you got to have big goals to bring the best out of you.

I think I am on the right track especially when I get emails like this:

“Hi Rick,

Thank you very much for the free gift!

I am just starting out as a personal trainer.

However, I have been involved in physical fitness, getting in shape, nutrition for quite a number of years. Your website is really incredible!  You’ve opened my mind up to things that I did not know about.  This will definitely help me out when I train people.  The last thing I want to do is hurt them when they’re coming to me for help.  The information you provide will definitely help me do that.

I now feel better ‘armed’  to train people properly if they have an injury.  Thanks, Rick.
Larry”

Thank you so much, Larry. I am glad all the free stuff on the website has helped you and your clients out.

This is what Larry was talking out, yours free.

 

Yes, free.  Click here to get it.

Even Fit Pros Get Injuries

A few years back, I got chatting with another fitness professional on injuries that fitness professionals have.

After that conversation, I asked other fitness professionals about their injuries.  I was shocked to see how many of them had some little ache and pain that was not forcing them to stop working, but slowing them down a little.

Here is an example.

“I love learning more about how unbalanced I am.

I just ordered the Achilles tendinitis package last night from your site and am going to get started on that right away.

I went out and bought new shoes and that seem to help a bit, but I’m going to work through the exercises so that I can avoid any future problems.

I can’t remember if it was Eric Cressey or Mike Robertson that recommended your site, but I think that’s how I found about you and your site.

I like the name Exercise for Injuries and the concept behind it… I just don’t like being injured.   Thanks for your help,

EK”

Thanks EK, let’s get  you uninjured.

Seniors in a Care Home

A neat trend that I have seen over the last 12 years of teaching fitness education courses is more fitness professionals in senior care homes.

This is very cool and exciting.

From talking with the few that are in them, what they do is an activity class, stretch classes, core classes and some personal training.

I know these seniors are getting a lot of benefit from exercise at their age.

One thing that they all said was a big issue for seniors is shoulder injuries and many of them have come to my Exercise Rehabilitation of the Shoulder course.

If you do work with seniors, it may be an idea to come out to the class.

Muscle Imbalances Revealed – Upper Body Edition – Exam

 

Things are rolling with MIRU and people are getting their CECs and CEUs from it.

I have just got approval from NSCA, BCRPA and BCCMT.

Here is a specific question as it relates to the MIRU exam.

“Hello Rick,

How do I go about in submitted MIUB in order to receive .7 credits through the NSCA?

I won the product a few months ago and I do not have a receipt for them for approval.

What do you suggest?

AZ”

It is really easy.

The exam is in the membership area in the exam and there are no plans on taking down the membership ares so it is there when you need it.

Print the exam out and fill in the answer sheet.

Send me the answer sheet and I will mark it.

If you get over 80%, I will send you the certificate for NSCA CEUs.

That is it, pretty easy.

Some More Kind Words about MIRU

“MIRU provided a different perspective about movement.

First, because of the different background of each presenter and second was a sort of the “holistic” approach, meaning that, breathing and myofascialtraining aren´t  too common findings in other materials related to exercise.

Best,

Luigi Marino Neto
Strength Coach
Sao Paulo, Brazil”

 

Please do send me your questions via Facebook or email.  I will do my best answering them and please do not be angry if I do not get to it.  I get a few hundred a day.

Plus, here are some more videos that may help when it comes to bootcampers and knee pain: