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Author: Ann Wendel

Is Lifting Weights With Scoliosis Safe?

If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis, you might be wondering if there are movements or exercises you need to avoid, and what you can do to stay safe and continue training. Or perhaps you’re a personal trainer and have a client with scoliosis. In either case, if you’ve ever searched for resources and information online, you’ve probably found […]

Proper Core Training: How To Connect Your Core and Pelvic Floor

What does it mean to “integrate the core” or to “connect” your diaphragm and pelvic floor? What is a Connection Breath? Why is this so important? A strong, properly functioning core is the foundation to all healthy, pain-free movement. However, there is a lot of misinformation—and misunderstanding—on how to train the core for optimal function. When I talk […]

What Can I Do About My Sore Elbow?

Hi Ann, I’ve been dealing with pain in my elbow for about 2 months. I recently started to play tennis twice a week, and I notice that it hurts during my backhand. My elbow is tender right on the bone, and it hurts when I grip or carry anything. What do you think is going […]

What Can I Do About My Lower Back Pain?

Low back pain is the most common reason given by patients who visit a physical therapist or chiropractor, and it is the second most common reason for which patients seek a consultation with a primary care physician. Up to 85 percent of people will experience an episode of low back pain in their lives. The good news is that even though it may […]

Do Deep Squats Cause Knee Pain?

Chances are you’ve heard this warning before “Don’t squat past parallel! Deep squats are bad for your knees!” If you have, maybe it’s left you wondering whether you should heed it, or ignore it. After all, you ask, isn’t the human body designed to squat to full depth? Prior to becoming a fairly sedentary society, we […]

Why Do My Hips Pop And Snap?

Hi Ann! Thanks for your article on cracking knees. I have a question about strange popping/snapping sensations in my hip. I have a problem that occurs occasionally with a weird feeling of a tendon or muscle rubbing over my hip joint on one side when I walk or run. It also makes a popping or snapping […]

Why Do I Pee When I Work Out?

Do you dread doing box jumps, double unders, or even deadlifts because they make you leak? If so, you’re not alone. Recently, there has been a lot more talk in gyms about the issue of incontinence, and I am happy to discuss this issue to clear up some misconceptions about it. Leaking urine during exercise (called Stress […]

Why Is My Shoulder Blade Grinding, Popping, and Feeling Achy?

Hi Ann! I’ve been having trouble with my shoulder for a few weeks and don’t know what’s going on. I have a deep, aching pain around my shoulder blade, and my shoulder blade grinds and pops when I move my shoulder around. What could be causing this and what can I do about it? Thanks […]

Exercise and Plantar Fasciitis

The alarm goes off. You reach over to turn it off.You linger in bed a few moments longer, filled with dread for what awaits you this morning. No. Not that pointless meeting at work, or even the traffic you’re going to battle to get there on time. Those are nothing compared to the stabbing pain on the bottom of your feet […]

Exercise and Arthritis

I recently received an email from a reader who was diagnosed with Scapholunate Advanced Collapse (degenerative arthritis of the wrist). In her letter, she explained that the only advice her doctor gave her was to avoid exercises that put the wrist into extension, but didn’t give her much guidance beyond that.” she asked. As a […]