Personal Training

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

Top 10 Reasons You CAN’T Work at SPARK

Everyone who comes to SPARK knows that we are a fun-loving, caring group of people.  SPARK’s mission is to help our clients achieve their health goals with the best customer satisfaction.  We epitomize “concierge” physical therapy with a family vibe.   #NextgenPT Many people who come in often ask if they can work here!    That being … Read More

2 Answers to The Client Value Question

The way it is: the PT Mills You know them. 3-4000 sq ft open facilities. Busy front desk. A couple overworked folks with a phone permanently attached to their ears. Phones and faxes ringing off the hook. Some automated voice answers the phone each time you call. ‘press 1 to make an appointment’. Half a … 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

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

Four Categories of Words to Avoid in Ortho

Language has been examined a lot lately in the pain world including how explaining pain translate to patient outcomes. Patients want to know the cause of their pain which often provokes medical providers to use words and phrases that catastrophize, dramatize, over-simplify, and predict long-term outcomes. These four categories of words and phrases should be … 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