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Author Archives: Joseph M. Horrigan, D.C.

Balance Boards and Swiss Balls


All fields are subject to fads and promotion. Weight training and fitness are no exceptions. The use of balance boards on common weight-training exercises has been around for about 18 years. It grew out of the concept of using a ...

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Protect Your Knees

You may be able to protect the ligaments in your knees to some degree by weight training, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament. ACL tears in young female athletes are far too common, and we see “noncontact” ACL tears in football ...

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Straight-Arm Pulldowns

The most dedicated trainees are always looking for exercises to target muscles from different angles and to reach parts of the muscles that they think are not being trained well. That thought process led to a fairly simple exercise known ...

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Lateral Raises: Facts vs. Fiction

The lateral—a.k.a. lateral raise or side raise—remains one of the most common shoulder exercises. Everyone from beginners to Mr. Olympia winners does it. Even though it’s a simple exercise to perform, a number of variations on the basic move have ...

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The Renegade Row

Fads affect most fields, and exercise is certainly no exception. Late-night television is filled with ads for new training gimmicks and methods. Advertising companies spend much money pushing a product for a period of time until the sales slow down, ...

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Extension Contentions

The leg extension machine is one of the most recognizable pieces of equipment in any gym. Even trainees who are rank beginners know what the exercise is and how to perform it. Its popularity dates back many decades. Many gym ...

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Should We Keep Changing Our Training?

Year’s ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger advised his followers to change their weight-training programs every six weeks. The idea was to shock the muscles, which were becoming acclimated to the current training program. The muscles would become sore when the program was ...

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