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Walk This Way

Walk This Way

You probably don’t remember your first steps or how you went from crawling to walking. Your parents didn’t hire a coach – you just did it. And over the years, your pattern or style of walking has become distinctly “you.” Have you ever noticed how you can identify a person by the way they walk

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Getting Back in the Saddle Correctly

Getting Back in the Saddle Correctly

Don’t watch me ride a bike. Sure, I can get from point A to B, but it ain’t pretty. I move too much on the saddle. And, if I had a dollar for every time a well-meaning rider told me to lower my seat just a quarter inch, I’d be rich. It’s not that I’ve

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Getting the Max Out of Your Gluteus Maximus

Getting the Max Out of Your Gluteus Maximus

Glutes are important in all lower extremity movement. But half of us are walking around with our glutes turned off. The problem is “sitting disease.” Even if we are active, we probably sit a good chunk of the workday. We may be working, but our glutes are on vacation. The primary role of the glute

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Your Unruly Knees

Your Unruly Knees

Boulder is full of very fit folks, but fit though they are, I often see runners whose knees collapse to the center as they run, walk or squat. It looks painful, and honestly, it probably doesn’t feel so good either. Here’s the confusing part: they may have done monster walks and clams ad nauseam, their core

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What the Numbers Say About Low Back pain

What the Numbers Say About Low Back pain

You’ve had lower back pain for two weeks, so finally you decide that enough is enough and make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor’s decision about what to do next can have a big impact on how quickly your back pain resolves. Research has shown that some courses of action work better than others.

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Muscle Soreness: What’s Good, What’s Not?

Muscle Soreness: What’s Good, What’s Not?

I’ve seen dozens of runners from the cross-country team at Boulder High grimace, shiver and squeal as they stand in an ice bath, hoping to stop muscle soreness after a particularly grueling workout. All that pain for nothing. Too bad they don’t know it won’t help. There are some things you can do for delayed

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