1. Why I use the FMS and the SFMA

    Gray Cook must be one of the smartest people in the world of movement, rehab, and coaching. It takes a special person to synthesize strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, and human development into one cohesive whole. The systems he developed, in particular the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), provide a systematic way of evaluating and …Read More

  2. Want better balance? Pretend you’re 6 months old

    Movement is medicine. This isn't a new idea, but it's one I'm focusing on more these days. Once you've got a basic improvement in passive mobility, you need to start improving your movement patterns. That means 20 minutes of foam rolling will feel good, but yield little long-term improvement.   Want an easy first step? Stand up, then stand on one foot with your arms relaxed. Now close your eyes. …Read More

  3. 3 ways a Licensed Massage Therapist can make you better at CrossFit

    True story: I got into massage because I wanted to get better at CrossFit. I’ve been around CrossFit long enough to remember when you had to download the videos from the Main Site in either Quicktime or WMV. Other than my front rack position, though, I did not move well at first. I also discovered Mobility WOD around episode 10, which seemed like magic at the time. The desire to serve other peop…Read More

  4. Athlete profile: Isaac Neff

    Today is part 2 of our athelete feature series. If you missed part 1, you can catch up here. We're very proud to sponsor Isaac Neff, from Team Neff Cycle Service. Isaac is a 2-time National Cyclocross Champion, and owner of Neff Cycle Service. What’s your name? Isaac Neff What’s your sport? Bicycle racing! I race mostly mountain bikes in the summer and starting in September I race cyclocross A…Read More

  5. 4 Lies your massage therapist told you, and 3 truths they probably don’t know

    Massage therapy is at least 7 thousand years-old. As you might expect, it’s first written mention is from Chinese writing from around 5,000 BCE. What might be surprising, though, is that we’re finally, maybe, figuring out how it works. We’ve come up with a lot of sensible hypotheses over the years, but most of them have failed rigorous study. And yet, they’re so sensible that your massage …Read More

  6. ANNOUNCEMENTS: NEW HOURS, NEW BOOKING SITE, NEW PRICES, NEW PRODUCTS

    Update: The new booking site is here! Schedule and manage your appointments online. Amazingly, I have been in business for myself for a year. Can you believe it? Me neither. Many thanks to my family, friends, clients, newsletter subscribers, the 6 AM crew at CrossFit Big Dane, and everyone else who has helped me on this journey. This guy is a year old, too! To celebrate this momentous occasion, he…Read More

  7. PRODUCT REVIEW: CROSSOVER SYMMETRY

    Way back in April, I wrote a post about a shoulder issue I was dealing with, and how I hoped to heal myself. Some of that was successful (turns out carrying a baby in one arm all day will do a number on you), and some of it wasn't. I'll write more about that later, but I wanted to highlight a piece of equipment I mentioned in that post, Crossover Symmetry. Big picture, Crossover Symmetry is an evi…Read More

  8. WHAT YOU GET FROM A $130 STRUCTURAL BODYWORK SESSION

    For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that. But if I expect you to jiggle the numbers and budget $130 for a session every week, month, or quarter, it’s…Read More

  9. SHOULDER INJURY PART 1: HOW I HURT MYSELF, AND HOW I’M GOING TO FIX IT

    I was a serious rock climber for 6 years, and I've been training with barbels for almost 8 years, and I finally have my first real shoulder injury. This is the first in a multi-part series on what's injured, how the injury occured, and how I'm going to treat myself. WHAT HURTS My left shoulder has three basic movement issues right now. First, I sprained my acromioclavicular (AC) joint by receiving…Read More

  10. OPEN AFTERMATH PART 2: THE END

    The 2016 CrossFit Games Open officially ended last night. I just wanted to offer a few thoughts before we get too far removed from the event. Be proud of yourself I saw some amazing performances throughout the open. Many of you got your first bar muscle up, and then got many more during 16.3. You showed grit, and determination, and sheer bloody mindedness as you competed in 16.1 and 16.5. You high…Read More