Category Archives: Strength Training

Over 40 and lift weights? Are you getting enough protein to maximize your gains?

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Time to get uncomfortable: train your weakness

                               Training Tip of the Day: You must work your weakest link as this is what will hold you back from achieving your fitness goals. “Work the Weakness, stop strengthening the strength”. Why is this concept so hard for people? Simply stated, it’s much more fulfilling and rewarding for the already strong individual to continue […]

Lower back Pain? Try climbing a rock!

Having lower back pain? According to this study, you might want to go climb a rock!! This study looked at 30 people with chronic lower back pain and had 15 of them climb for 10 sessions over 8 weeks (1 hour minimum session time). The “climbing group” demonstrated significant improvement in overall function with less […]

Test your core 5 ways: Do you pass?

Whether you have shoulder pain, lower back or knee pain, a strong core is essential to all functional tasks.  How strong is your core? Watch the video to learn ways to strengthen your core. Let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA

I have a history of lower back pain: What bar should I use to dead-lift with?

I love the dead-lift exercise. Why? because it’s a great way to build lower extremity strength and power. It’s also very functional, think about lifting a laundry basket or wheel barrow. The knock on the dead-lift is that can be challenging to perform with good form and that it can be hard on your lumbar […]

Attention Bellingham Golfers!

Fore! Golfing on a beautiful, sunny Pacific Northwest Day is a great activity to keep a person active and healthy. But have you ever swung your golf club only to get a “kink” in your back? A recent study showed that low back pain is the number one injury sustained by golfers. These symptoms typically […]

Youth basketball and weight training: is it safe?

      Basketball season is upon us and that means many parents now find themselves at the helm of their child’s basketball team. Most competitive athletes are looking for methods to become more explosive, jump higher, and increase their speed.  Well, look no further than the weight room!  Early teenage years are a great […]

Do you have BBS? Burning Back Syndrome

Yes, I just made that up. We have a syndrome for everything else, why not “burning back”? It’s catchy, rhythmical, and it conjures up a powerful image and it’s totally fictional. However, it leads me to this question: ever have achy or burning lower back muscles that only get better after you lie down or […]

Core Training and it’s effect on athletic performance, injury prevention, and injury treatment

Core training (mid line musculature) has been added to many exercise programs and the virtues of this type of training have been detailed in many media outlets, magazine articles, and also by health professionals, myself included. However, I read an interesting article by John M Cissik, MBA, PT from the Texas Women’s University in Denton, […]

Strength Training in Children: Is it safe?

Strength and endurance training for youth has become very popular lately as many are trying to gain an athletic advantage, but is it safe? Well, the answer seems to a resounding YES, if proper precautions are  taken. The results of a literature review on the subject have determined children can safely improve their strength by […]