A quick update

i want to thank everyone who follows my blog. I have some projects coming along so I thought I would whet your appetite and hopefully it will explain why I have been a bit quiet lately! 

1. I have started recording a mentoring podcast with a young Physio. This will be available soon for my mentoring subscribers ($66/month). They are being produced roughly once per week/fortnight. 

2. I am looking to do a regular free podcast for coaches and personal trainers – if you are interested in being a part of this project, let me know

3. I am waiting for my new website to be finished which will allow you all to download a free presentation of some of the framework I work from

4. I am finishing a lecture series on the core that will take you through the theory, the isolation and then integration of the core muscles into everyday exercises, lifting and activities. 

5. I have started developing a lecture series on how to cope with chronic pain using exercise

6. I have started collaborating with a friend on a podcast which will be for free

7. I have started on a research project looking into the pelvic floor in CrossFit that we hope will be published one day. 

8. I hope to have my pelvic floor course recorded for people to purchase this year

I’m excited…I hope you are too!

I will be at the CrossFit Games this July and teaching in Chicago. 

See you all soon!

Core Stability Podcast with Brad Sheppard from CPTW

Last week, I had the privilege of having a chat with Brad Sheppard from Create PT Wealth, a business coaching group based in Australia. Brad wanted my opinion on “The Core” and some quality information for his coaching clients but Create PT Wealth have decided to release it as open to the public.

During the discussion, we covered some of the following topics:

  • What exactly is the “Core”
  • Why are those muscles different to others?
  • How you can apply these principles to your clients and get instant results.

Thank you Brad and Jason from Create PT Wealth for hosting me on their show!

CrossFit Games Open 15.2 Tips and Advice.


Well, that was not too unexpected. A repeat of 14.2 is the workout for 15.2. it is good to compare events and see how you have gone over the year :) The majority of this blogpost is from here…

One downside is that people might feel discouraged that they can’t do that movement (OHS or CTB pullups) – they shouldn’t feel that way – you can still do the workout and scale it…take each Open WOD as a challenge to get better. Each of the past 2 Opens saw me achieve a new PB at something…have a go! This year also has the Scaled option for those that can’t do CTB pullups…but if you did the workout last year, consider doing it again the same way so you can compare.

This blog will be broken into advice for those close to CTB pullups and for those who have CTB. If you are not even close to CTB pullups, that’s ok – get your 10 OHS and then scale and work on your pullups.

For my previous advice on OHS and CTB Pullups, read by clicking on the links below…

Overhead Squat Advice

CTB Pullups

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CrossFit Open 15.1 and 15.1a Thoughts and Advice

It is time!

CrossFit Games Open – 15.1 is

AMRAP 9mins
15 TTB
10 Deadlift 115/75lbs
5 Snatches 115/75lbs…

15.1a is
6mins to get a 1RM C+J


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Pain Explained


IMG_8560These past 2 weeks, I had to sit down with an old patient of mine and explained why he had bad back pain for the past couple of years. It took 2 sessions to go over this material and prepare him for the rehab process.
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“Bulletproof” Your “Core” – Sydney – Feb 21-22, 2015

Sydney Core CourseApologies for this late organization – I had 1.5 weeks of medical issues to deal with.

So, here it is!! There are limited places so please click here to BOOK NOW! It will be held at CrossFit Creature in Marrickville – 1030-1730hrs Sat and Sun 21-22, 2015

I will be providing a 2 day course on “The Core” – I hope to be able to take what we know from research, what we know from practical experience and explain how to retrain each component of “The Core” so you can provide yourself and your clients the strongest base from which you can build strength, power and speed.

I will also be teaching a staged retraining model so you can help clients who have back pain all the way through to high level athletes.

The total cost of this course is usually $660 but for this one time only in Sydney, I am offering it at $50. I don’t want cost to be an issue and I want this information to be able to get out there.

We will be filming and photographing extensively during the course.

Over 2 days, we will cover the following:

1. Theory – Know what the research says
2. Myths – Find out if what you believe is actually true
3. Practice – Learn how to isolate, co-contract and integrate the “Core” into your every day training
4. Rehab – Be equipped to help others train their “Core” properly as well and develop better relationships with other health professionals due to your advanced knowledge

How to Activate Your Pelvic Floor With Breath Holding For Lifting / CrossFit / Everyday Life!

IMG_8511This blog post is for EVERYONE – Men and Women!!! It will improve your performance and improve your symptoms.

Everyone knows you should activate your pelvic floor…but why?

You do your Kegels but you still leak urine…why?

You saw a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist…but you still want to keep squatting 220lbs (100kg)…did they teach you how?

In this post, I will be using Maria Hogan as an example. Maria is one of the “old guard” of CrossFit in Australia. She is an ex-rower who competed at a high level. She had a 150kg (330lbs) deadlift, 112kg (246.5lbs) back squat, 83kg (182.5lbs) power clean and 64kg (141lbs) snatch…at 3 months post partum! She is married to 3-time CrossFit Games athlete Chris Hogan and runs CrossFit 121 with Chris in Melbourne, Australia.

All of these are fair questions. I hope to briefly explain how to combine the good work that Pelvic Floor therapists have done over the years and combine it with the knowledge I have gained in the Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy field I have worked in.

For more information on the Pelvic Floor, I have written this one for CrossFitters and as a general explanation.

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Flat Butt / Glutes? Start To Work It With Ideal Posture

IMG_8401Do you want a bit of “junk in the trunk”? A bit more booty? Are you quad dominant and struggle to “activate” your glutes and hamstrings? Have you tried “bridges”, “clams”, lunges, squats, step-ups and all other “butt building” exercises…all to no avail?

This video I made with Lisa Petersen from Key To Life Health and Fitness will show you how to get some shape into your glutes without tilting your pelvis or sticking your bottom out.
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SERIOUS WARNING – If you do any releases to your Psoas or Abs, you MUST READ THIS

2015/01/img_8345.jpgToday, I want to tell you a story of something that happened to a good friend of mine this weekend…but first, some context…

Does this sound familiar?

You roll up to the gym, you grab a roller or ball and start rolling out. After your gym/CrossFit/whatever session, you might be back onto the roller or ball again with some stretches as well.

With the massive increase in “mobility” exercises, drills, and not to mention “things” you can buy to help release muscles, more people than ever are interested in keeping their body in good shape and releasing muscles – This is a good thing.

I have been around the world and there is a disturbing trend – coaches, those who aren’t qualified health professionals, are helping people release by stepping on them (presumably to avoid any accusation of “massaging”) or just helping them “release” their muscles including Psoas.

This is a DANGEROUS thing!

It is up to you whether you want to do this as a coach – is it covered by your insurance? If you are a client, again, it is up to you – what happens if things go wrong? Ideally, you should get a health professional to help you release your muscles, especially in the abdomen… The other joints – I understand. money is an issue, it seems all the same (it isn’t), you can’t be bothered, etc. I am truly ok with people trying to take care of themselves.

What I want you to do is just understand the risks…and then I will treat you like an adult that can make their own decisions.

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The ITB – 5 things you probably haven’t thought about doing to help it

Iliotibial-Band-Friction-SyndromeConsider this patient: Sarah* is a 38yo female runner training for a half-marathon “fun run” develops pain over the outside of the knee. It hurts to stand up and sit down, especially after being in one position for a long time. Once she warms up, it doesn’t hurt so much during the run but it will ache later. She has iced the knee, rolls on it with a foam roller, gets massage/ART on it, and does some banded sideways walking, clams and hip abduction strengthening exercises. She has a massage ball and dutifully attacks the overactive hip flexors and TFL muscles…but she isn’t getting anywhere. She still basically has pain and it is getting worse and she can’t up the miles as per her running program. She has seen another physio, a chiro, massage therapists and had some acupuncture. She drinks plenty of water and has her nutrition dialed in nicely. She has been given the diagnosis of ITBFS – Ilio-Tibial Band Friction Syndrome…Sound familiar?

In this blog post, I want to give you 5 things to think about that may just make the difference between getting better and not.

(*”Sarah” is not her real name)

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