@derek_barbellmedicine owns three shirts. Always good to see this guy. Congrats on everything, brother. Good things.
What’s the point of being strong if you can’t enjoy the world around you? Get outside.
Weak spots. I rush the bar off the floor and have a tendency to pop my hips and lose my mechanical advantage (a term I use loosely 🦖). New training block, “Weak Spots: Come at me, bro!” has commenced. Drilling iso holds in the bottom. 3x5 5 sec hold. I’m going to work up to max effort iso holds to build patience and positional tolerance as well as add in some “breakers” where I only drill the bottom 1/3rd of the lift off the floor. Have you been struggling to get back to lifting? DM me and I’ll send you our Return to Bench and Return to Deadlift guides! #PTswholift #powerlifting
💥TL;DR💥 So...the best part of competing this weekend? Setting an example for my son. Things do not come easy in life and being comfortable with the struggle, frustration, and pain that comes with lifting weights is about the best lesson I know how to teach. There are no favors, no gifts, no participation trophies. Just pure mettle (and metal 🤘🏻) Meet went...ok. Set a big squat PR at 474lbs. Then technical fault with my second attempt at bench left me frustrated. I had aspirations of breaking 374lbs but it wasn’t there on Saturday. Not even close. Deadlifting has always been a struggle for me (🦖) but I wanted to hit 512lbs and while the smart play was 507, I wasn’t here to be smart. I was here to be aggressive and push myself to my limit. While not a strategy I routinely recommend, it felt GOOD to fail. To know I have work to do, to see my weak spots in all their glory, and to know I had nothing left. I post this because I think it’s easy to romanticize physical therapists; we don’t get injured, we always make smart choices, we don’t experience the same doubts and frustrations as every other athlete. So, was I pissed? Absolutely. Disappointed? For sure. Did I make a smart decision with some of my attempts? Negative. But you know what? I had fun. I walked away with a 1st place finish, with a new PR and a new sense of motivation. And I showed my son that there is a lesson in failure and the process is the point, not the end game. Granted he only cared about the cookies, but someday it’ll make sense to him. 😂 Back to the drawing board. Back to the grind. (S:474 B:352 D:490, 1316 total, 408 Wilks). #ptswholift #walkthewalk #powerlifting
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👯♂️👯♂️👯♂️ Nice shirts fellas! @charlie_barbellmedicine needs a shirt I think. @michael_barbellmedicine @derek_barbellmedicine #reallytiedtheroomtogether
Attended a meeting recently for our women’s soccer team as they try to strategize how to reduce injury risk. After my workload spiel, I was asked “should we do more? Should we do less?” and it’s a question I’m asked at least a once a week. It is not a conversation of less vs. more but rather, how much have they BEEN doing and how much are you asking them to do. Collegiate athletics are always a challenge because NCAA rules limit what you can do during parts of the year, usually the months directly before preseason, ironically. So what do you do when you only have 4-6 weeks to get your team ready? You have two choices (in my opinion): either establish buy-in and educate on the importance of coming into camp with an appropriate baseline fitness OR you ramp slowly when they show up with an objective plan on building workload. As @gabbetttim has said (Debunking Myths paper, BJSM 2018), there are individual factors that contribute to the workload conversation such as knowing which athletes can handle more (or less) work. The art is in figuring out how to apply the science. Graph source: @gabbetttim #d1soccer #womenssoccer
I laughed. But in all honesty, it’s incredible how much our words matter. I’m blown away, even after a decade of doing this, how insensitive practitioners are in the things they say. I had a patient breakdown in my clinic yesterday because her doctor told her “I guarantee you’ll be in pain until you get an injection”. Guarantee?? I’ll be your Huckleberry. #cuejumpkick #smh
A patient recently asked me if they “mixed up” his MRI because he has bicep tendon pain on the right but his left bicep tendon, which is asymptomatic, actually showed a tear (he got bilateral imaging done). My response? “It’s possible but it is more likely another example of how we can’t reliably use MRIs to explain someone’s pain. And let’s not put MRIs on a pedestal where they are infallible.” I honestly don’t care about your MRI (much) because I’m not treating a picture of your joint, I’m treating YOU. If you are always looking for a structural explanation for your pain, you may be perpetually frustrated with your results because your experience cannot be distilled down to your “parts”. #shoulderrehab #shoulderpain
Interesting read this morning! Granted the group was 1st year PT students which, as all of us can likely confirm, was a year of drinking from a fire hose and just trying to survive! But the fascinating and bias confirming ranking on the next photo continue to give me confidence that PTs (and @michael_barbellmedicine and @natashabarnes and many others, of course) are one of the best resources for helping those dealing with chronic pain.
As @michael_barbellmedicine always says, it’s more about the hard work our clients put in than any magic pill. As clinicians, we’re conditioned early on to believe we are “fixing” people but the reality is we are guides, teachers and coaches. You are not broken, you do not need fixing...sometimes we just need a little guidance. We also do online programming for those who need some help creating a plan they do on their time, in their setting, to meet their goals. Link in bio.
This is a great infographic from Jorgen Jevne (twitter: @jevnehelse) and something we preach daily. We have yet to find an intervention that works better than getting stronger in almost all areas yet our culture has sold us quick fixes over hard work. We look at people investing in get-rich-quick schemes and roll our eyes because when we talk about money, we know it takes consistent application of a plan to yield modest returns over time that lead to financial success. Why do we think our bodies (our most valuable asset) would be any different? 🤔
If you didn’t read our blog post on this musculoskeletal boogeyman over at @thestrengththerapist website, click the link in the bio! meme credit: @derek_barbellmedicine #adhesions
June Workshop! Come learn from a 5th degree black (FREE) on how to be safer, more aware, and potentially how to execute a sweet karate chop! Space is limited, contact email in photo to reserve your spot. #thenightisdarkandfullofterrors
Looks like I’ll be back on the platform in 3 weeks. Got some rust in the ol’ sequencing but feeling strong. 425# for an easy single after 405/2 and before 365/5,5. Need to get some quality deadlifting in. 2 years older than the last time I stepped on the platform. Let’s see what I got. #PTswholift #walkthewalk #oldmanstrong @max40training
Fridays are for old school hip hop, early starts and a chance to do a little better than yesterday. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life! Just kidding. #dobetter
These kids are studs! Have you read our blog on Youth Specialization? Link in bio. We also do full pre-season assessment for youth and adolescent athletes as well as full workshops on injury risk reduction, DM for details!
I wrote a thing about adhesions and whether they exist for my buddy @thestrengththerapist. Go check it out. #mythbusters #Repost @thestrengththerapist with @get_repost ・・・ ⚔️Adhesions & Pain⤵️ . 👉Today we've got you one incredible article from my friend Jon Hodges of @nevPT Whether you are a coach, clinician, or just someone who has ever been injured, you've likely heard about adhesions. Shocker - what you've been told about them is probably not quite so accurate. Let's learn why! . Head to the link in my bio and check out the in-depth blog from Jon! #TSTthoughts #MythBustMondays