Autor: markyoung

~ 24/01/11

 

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Lately there has been a lot of talk about the effects of thoracic mobility and scapular stability on shoulder pain and I agree wholeheartedly that this must be part of any assessment.  However, I think it is important that we don’t neglect the rotator cuff itself as this is often the site of injury and pain.

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Fortunately, a few weeks back I got and advance copy of my good friend Rick Kaselj’s Effective Rotator Cuff Exercises Program.

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I have been following Rick’s stuff since I first saw his Muscle Imbalances Revealed product last year and I’ve never looked back.  His newest program is dedicated exclusively to teaching fitness professionals how to deal with the single most common shoulder problem – the rotater cuff injury.

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Let me break down the top 5 reasons why I like this product!

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1.  The 200+ Page Manual

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To be frank, this manual is jam packed with info and (in my opinion) is worth the entire cost of the product.  If you’re a research geek like me you’ll also appreciate that every chapter is fully referenced so you can verify everything for yourself!

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After the introduction the table of contents looks like this:

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Shoulder Anatomy – Here Rick delves into some basic shoulder anatomy.  Obviously I am an anatomy geek and I think that knowing the anatomy is paramount in any good rehabilitation program.

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Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics – Once you know what the structures are you need to know how they behave in a healthy functioning shoulder. 

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Pathomechanics and Rotator Cuff Injuries – Of course, the next logical step is to understand how and why the rotator cuff becomes injured so you can determine how to fix it.

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Diagnosing Rotater Cuff Injuries – This is where Rick’s experience really shines as you can’t just get this stuff from a textbook written by some guy who has never treated a patient or client with an injury.  This chapter totally nails it in terms of range of motion assessments, potential causes of pain, and signs of atrophy of the cuff.

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Treatment and Management of Rotator Cuff Injuries – From acute injury to chronic, Rick details the steps to take with each.  He also breaks down which injuries might require surgery and which would most benefit from conservative management. 

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Exercises for Rotator Cuff Injuries – Here Rick talks about they types of exercises required to get someone from ground zero back to full speed.  At this point I have to admit I was mostly skimming because I was like “hurry up brother…just show me the exercises”.  Let me tell you now….Rick didn’t disappoint. 

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Effective Rotator Cuff Exercises - This is where the title comes from and once you read the manual you’ll see why.  Rick drops 85 (yes 85!) rotater cuff exercises complete with indications (when you should use it) and contraindications (when you shouldn’t use it) for each one.  Each and every exercise is accompanied by large, full color photos, a description of the purpose, method of execution, and progressions to take you to the next level.

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Even when I thought I’d be able to critique the one exercise he put in here that I didn’t like (the “empty can” exercise) the contraindication suggested that while some therapists still use this that the “full can” was superior.  In short, Rick nailed this chapter.

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The manual simply rocks!  – Not a chapter.  Just a fact.

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2.  The Three Month Rotator Cuff Program

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Just in case you were thinking “Oh great…one of those books with a useless laundry list of exercises” have no fear.  In the product Rick breaks down a complete THREE MONTH sample rotator cuff rehabilitation program from passive range of motion to active, from isometric strength to dynamic strength, and from purely rehabilitative movements back to regular training.

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This is absolutely awesome for guys like me who like to delve into theory, but also like to see a connection between the theoretical and the practical application. 

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3.  Client Handouts

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How many times have you read an electronic product, got some great ideas, and then had to take pictures of exercises to email or give to your clients?  Giant time drain!

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In this case, Rick provides the aforementioned sample program on sheets that you can print out and hand directly to your client so they can take it home and repeat the program as needed.  He even left columns so your client can record what they’ve done and you can check it out when they bring it back.

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4.  Rotator Cuff Seminar

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Included in the product is also a 60 minute seminar on the rotator cuff that I think nicely brings everything together.  If you learn better by listening you’ll definitely appreciate this piece.  Personally, I learn better by reading so I almost always read the written component first and watch the video afterward to drive the points home to pick up any pearls of wisdom that I missed the first time around.  This was very much the case with Rick’s seminar.

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5.  Money Back Guarantee

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Frankly, I don’t like to endorse products without an iron clad guarantee.  I want my readers to feel confident in their purchase and not be concerned that they’re being duped by an internet con man.

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That is why I love the fact that you can try Effective Rotator Cuff Exercises for 90 days to see if you like it.  If you aren’t absolutely blown away and the product isn’t everything I’ve promised you can just contact Rick and he’ll refund every penny without question.  Absolutely no risk!!! 

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In Summary

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I think Effective Rotator Cuff Exercises is a solid addition to the library of any fitness professional because rotator cuff injuries are the single most common shoulder injury we have to deal with.. If you’re serious about understanding and dealing with busted up rotator cuff you absolutely must own Rick’s product.  However, if you want to save yourself 20% and score all of Rick’s fast action bonuses you need to pick up the product by this Friday. 

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Oh…and just to sweeten the deal…

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If you pick up Rick’s product before then end of Friday this week simply email me your purchase receipt to info@markyoungtrainingsystems.com and I will personally send you my very own very short (3 minute) bonus video detailing a manual muscle test I use on clients with shoulder pain and a couple quick fixes that will increase strength and range of motion so fast that your client will think you used magic.

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I know this sounds gimmicky, but I am absolutely not kidding – when they wrote me up in the local paper the client that I used thist stuff on actually called me a “witch doctor”. 

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So go pick up Effective Rotator Cuff Execises, email me the receipt and get all sorts of great stuff.

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Autor: markyoung

~ 27/08/10

 

This past week I had the chance to review Nick Tumminello’s Joint Friendly Strength Training DVDs and I wanted to drop a review to let you all know what I thought.  Before I say anything though, I also want to state that Nick Tumminello is a total class act in this industry and I wish more guys and gals were like him.

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He not only takes in the theoretical information, but then transforms it into great exercises and programs leaving me (and probably a lot of others) scratching our heads and saying “why didn’t I think of that”.  He is a true innovator and a model representative for what I think this profession should be.  That said, I would never endorse a product that I didn’t have faith in so you can rest assured that my opinion of this product is 100% legit.

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This first DVD starts off with Nick talking a little bit about why he created the joint friendly training philisophy which highlights the fact that the exercise variations presented in the 2 DVD set are not geared towards correcting joint pain, but to allowing you to continue gaining power, strength, and size while working around specific joint issues.  You can obviously still be working to improve joint issues (in fact, you probably should), but this product is aimed at those who still want a kick ass workout while dealing with nagging aches and pains.

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After the brief into I pretty much expected the DVD to go into a scripted narration of each exercise (which is fine by me), but instead Nick stays center frame and continues to demonstrate exercises one after one almost as though he’s having a conversation with you.  It truth, it reminds me very much of times when I’m training a client and I’m saying “That hurts?  Let’s try this.  That hurts too?  Let’s do this instead.”  In essence, Nick walks you through a serious of exercise options for each potential joint issue that you could possibly have as though he was actually training you around an injury.

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The exercises themselves are broken up into sections for knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, and so on.  I especially liked that Nick broke down the exercises for dealing with back pain into sub categories for flexion, extension, and rotation intolerant people so you’ll pretty much know which ones are most apt to work in a given situation.  I also liked the stuff for dealing with wrists as this is a limitation that happens with athletes or those who work with their hands quite often (as well as those with carpal tunnell from being a desk jockey).  This breakdown by body part would also be cool if you’re only looking for exercises for an injury you have and don’t want to watch the whole 2 hours of video.

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All in all, I have to say that I really enjoyed the relatively unscripted (or at least seemingly relaxed) style of the DVDs.  This surprised me because I’m usually one for structure and letting someone just run through categories of exercises could result in a disasterous product for many.  In Nick’s case, I think it was actually one of the strengths.  I was watching and thinking “holy crap dude, slow down with the ideas” as I scribbled on my note pad.  It made it feel like Nick was in my livingroom bombarding me with exercies options and progressions.

 

My final analysis is that if you’re a trainee suffering from nagging joint injuries then Nick’s product is definitely worth having so you can continue getting bigger, stronger, and leaner (yep…there is a conditioning section too) while dealing with your injuries.  Moreover, if you’re a coach or trainer I think this product is equally as valuable as it will give you loads (I wrote two pages front and back) of exercises for working with clients with various issues so you can continue to bring the results.  Note that I’m not saying you shouldn’t address the issues themselves, but Nick’s product will definitely allow you to maintain the training stimulus while you do.

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In the end, I have to agree with Kanye.  Nick’s product is top notch and I definitely give it two hypertrophied thumbs up.  If you’re interested you can pick it up HERE

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(Note that the link above is not an affiliate link and I don’t make a dime off of this product)

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Autor: markyoung

~ 08/09/09

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As many of you may know, I believe that reading for an hour per day is paramount if you hope to become a leader in any field.  Fitness and nutrition are no different.  Here are a few things to get you started for today.

 

The Truth about Impingement, Part 1

Excellent post by Eric Cressey about impingement.  If you’ve ever been told you have it or deal with people with shoulder pain, you should read this.

 

The Truth About Impingement, Part 2

Okay…I obviously couldn’t just post part 1.  Here you’ll discover the difference between external and internal impingement.  More importantly, you’ll learn the 5 questions you MUST ask your doctor if they ever tell you that you’re suffering from impingement.

 

Enjoy!