Archive for January, 2008

Corrective Exercise is Functional

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I’ve just submitted a HUGE article to titled “Corrective Exercise is Functional”. It was so big they have decided to divide it into 3 articles.

I’m really excited about this article and the justification I make for the need and role of corrective exercise in the total continuum of training….even for uninjured athletes.

The first part of the series should be online February 1st.

The article is certainly going to ruffle a few feathers. And this is a good thing.

We should all be open to challenging the thoughts and convictions of one another for the purpose of expanding our own knowledge.

If you’re not a member of, remember you can get a discount by going to the Function First sign up page:

Stay tuned…..

Free Lecture!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

From foot pain to migraines: Exercise is medicine!

When: Saturday January 19th

Time: 9:00 a.m-11:30 a.m.

Where: Function First 2700 Adams Ave., #205, San Diego, CA

***Seating is limited for this event. RSVP is kindly required***

RSVP by emailing Melinda at

or call: 619.285.9218


Join us for an amazing morning that will inspire you with strategies for achieving your health related goals and educate you on the role corrective exercise plays in long term good health and athletic performance.

Migraine sufferers will get to hear about some of the best strategies for controlling and preventing migraines. Adrienne Navarra will discuss the role of postural correction to combat migraines along with an overview of some of the other leading interventions.

Athletes to computer users will hear Anthony Carey debunk the myth of overuse injuries and the contemporary methods of treating them. Have all your questions answered and come away with a new found hope for resolving your physical challenges.

RSVP by emailing Melinda at

Study: Employer Advice and Devices Don’t Prevent Worker Back Pain

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Here is a link to an article in the periodical, Occupational Hazards. It summarizes a study that looked at 18,000 employees from 11 different studies.

Click here for the article

The following is from the last section of the article and is right in line with the Function First Approach:

“This study confirms that much of what is happening at the workplace is well-intentioned but probably pointless,” said Christopher Maher, associate professor of physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in Australia, who was not involved with the study.

According to Maher, regulatory agencies as well as employers make the mistake of concentrating on equipment and policies that don’t work such as back belts, lifting devices and workplace re-design and fail to focus on the “only known effective intervention,” which is exercise.

“We also know that exercise has health benefits beyond prevention of back pain, so you are getting two health benefits (or more) for the price of one,” Maher added.

Change the face of exercise for the seniors, the suffering and the sedentary

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Are you thinking of starting an exercise program for the New Year? Do you think not exercising is bad for your health? In some cases, exercise can do more damage to your health than not exercising at all. High-risk individuals – seniors, the obese and chronic pain sufferers – are gambling with their health by simply walking into a fitness facility and beginning a training program without proper assessment, guidance and training.

Special needs clients require special programs. Highly individualized programs designed by professionals with specialized, advanced training. Unfortunately, most consumers don’t know the difference between a personal trainer with an Internet certification and one with advanced degrees and multiple nationally recognized certifications. And here is where the danger lies for the seniors, sedentary and suffering. Internet certifications and weekend workshops that turn accountants into personal trainers could kill this high-risk group. As more and more individuals with special needs seek the help of fitness professionals, they should literally be scared for their life.

A “One size fits all” approach shouldn’t apply to anyone looking for an exercise program, especially not those in high-risk categories. They require more comprehensive assessments, more individualized program design and a professional with an extensive knowledge of specific risk factors and limitations associated with their condition. Only then can this population progress safely and effectively.

Big fitness chains and franchises often don’t have fitness professionals with the necessary training to adequately train someone outside the prescribed “norm.” Instead, those with specialized training are more likely to be found in smaller, private studios better equipped to supervise clients and closely monitor workouts without losing clients in a sea of club members.

Need some ideas on the best questions to ask a potential trainer? You can download a PDF that I’ve prepared that will assist you in making the right choice.

Top 10 Questions for a Potential Personal Trainer

Best of luck for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008!