5 Rules for Running Mastery

“Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun!” This is a great quote I first heard from Dakota Fanning in the movie Uptown Girls. However, Google tells me it’s originally from Mikhail Baryshnikov so I will give them dual credit. In my experience thus far, I’ve observed an alarming amount of people (of all ages and … Read More

Expectations vs. Reality

Balancing expectation with reality occurs consistently throughout our lives. Every kid expects adulthood to be 100% fun all the time. In reality, adulthood is work – your job, paperwork, taxes, yardwork, relationships, cleaning, cooking etc. As we go through life, I think most people learn the lesson of weighing your wishes and dreams with the … Read More

My First Year at SPARK In Review

It has been just over a year since I started working at SPARK. This has made me reflect on my experiences here and just how different SPARK really is. A cash-based practice completely changes the patient experience and, as a result, my own experience. Since starting at SPARK, I only see one client at a … Read More

Running Medicine 2016 Highlights

Another thought-provoking and knowledge bombing weekend of Running Medicine is complete. For anyone that works with runners, this conference is a must attend as it brings together the country’s (and often time the world’s) top physical therapists, physicians, sports performance specialists and more to promote healthy, high-level running for the novice to the elite. Here … Read More

TOUGH Goals for the New Year

Going into the New Year everybody does it.  Everyone wants to set and meet goals. Some goals they have postponed for years due to a myriad of excuses or maybe their goals this year are new aspirations they have never thought of before. The majority of us tend to focus on health related goals but … Read More

Run the Holidays – Don’t let them run you!

It’s that time of year again where it seems like everything except holiday related obligations fall to the wayside. Stress levels go up, holiday parties filled with unhealthy food and drinks are abundant and depending on where you live, the weather may be a Grinch keeping you from your usual outdoor activities. However, there is … Read More

Scap March Plank

This movement is indicated when we are working toward improving the strength and tolerance of the many muscles that attach to your scapula. In addition this movement may be advanced to involve much more trunk and hip musculature as needed. Prep and Equipment: This movement begins in the low plank position: Laying in the prone … Read More

Prep for Tomorrow

“Help me, help you.” This is what your body says every time you finish exercising in the hopes you will show it some TLC so it’s ready to go again tomorrow. More often than not we dismiss this suggestion and assume our bodies will magically repair themselves without any thought or effort. Then what happens? … Read More

Monster Band Lateral Slide

This is an excellent movement to improve the strength and endurance of important upper spine and shoulder muscles as well as trunk or hip muscle conditioning. This movement can be beneficial for many different people, as it focuses strengthening toward muscles important for stability. Prep and Equipment: “Monster Band” refers to large elastic loops (there … Read More

“Make Your Health Happen” Follow Up

What did you do over the weekend? I’m not trying to brag but we had an awesome day Friday! It was a beautiful sunny day. We got lots of old and new friends together. We flipped tires, threw kegs, shook battle ropes, did fireman carries, and practiced MMA moves. We listened to some awesome music. … Read More