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Author: Ann Wendel

What To Do If Sex Hurts

Pain during sexual intercourse, called dyspareunia, is a common (but under-reported) experience. This pain can be due to a variety of factors, but unfortunately because of the taboo nature of the subject, many women suffer for years without getting help. They assume that there’s nothing that can be done about the pain they’re experiencing and […]

3 Drills for Better Hip Mobility

There has been a lot of debate in recent years about what stretching actually does, and whether or not it is necessary. Current belief holds that oftentimes muscles feel “tight” because the brain is sending the message through the nervous system to stiffen muscles around a joint due to perceived weakness or lack of stability. […]

Why Having A Strong Pelvic Floor Isn’t Enough

As a physical therapist, every day I treat women who say that they leak urine when coughing, sneezing and exercising (called Stress Urinary Incontinence or SUI). Leaking urine during exercise is common, but not normal. The activities that most frequently lead to SUI are box jumps and double-unders. Some women also experience SUI with deadlifts. […]

What You Must Know About Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can have far-reaching effects on a person, deeply affecting their overall quality of life and general health. Chronic pain may cause a person to limit their activities, avoid movement, and decrease their social interactions. Many people with chronic pain often experience disturbances in mood, sleep disorders, and inability to function at the level […]

Why Building “Long and Lean Muscles” Is A Myth (And How You Can Get Strong and Lean!)

If you’ve been enticed by the promise of “long and lean” muscles, you’re not alone. Fitness companies pump millions of dollars into advertising exercise solutions that promise to help you look “long and lean,” while trusted and well-intentioned, but misinformed, fitness instructors across many disciplines further propagate these persistent claims. Women occasionally contact me seeking advice on […]

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Injury

As a physical therapist, I witness the benefits of treating injury risk—and the cost of ignoring it—all day, every day. I see people who follow proper injury risk reduction programs and lead vibrant, active lives feeling capable and independent, and able to participate in physical activities they love. Meanwhile, I see other patients who have […]

What You MUST Know About Strength Training And Getting Older

Occasionally we receive questions from both, personal trainers working with women in their 60s and 70s, and from women in their 60s and 70s themselves, asking about the types of modifications older women should be making to their workouts to stay strong, healthy, and safe. I have to admit that as I was thinking about […]

Should I Wear A Waist Trainer In The Gym?

Waist trainers are enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity (thanks in large part to some well-known reality TV stars), and it’s no wonder we’re seeing them everywhere these days. If you’re wondering whether or not you might benefit from wearing one, you’re not alone. I receive a lot of questions from women asking if they should wear a waist trainer while working […]

Does Joint Hypermobility Lead To Pain?

Do you know someone who is (or are you, yourself) “double jointed” or very flexible? When people say that they are “double jointed,” what they are referring to is joint hypermobility, which is the ability of a joint to move beyond its normal range of motion. It isn’t uncommon for people to have a few hypermobile […]

Why Are My Hamstrings Always Tight?

My hamstrings are always so tight. I stretch them every day, but I don’t seem to be making any progress. They seem to be much tighter since I had my first baby last year. Sometimes I even get pain that feels like a pulled muscle. What do you think I should do? Thanks! Amy I […]