Push It Real Good: Push-Up Video Collection

DATE › February 13, 2017
CATEGORIES › Coaching, Semi-Private Training
Need something to *PUSH* your week off to a great start? Maybe one of Mike Robertson's videos on push-ups will do the trick! MAKE THE ARROW ON PUSH-UPS "One of the most common questions I get when performing push-ups is, 'Where should my elbows be?' This simple trick helps you do them right every time!" - Mike Robertson   INCLINE PUSH-UP TO SINGLE-ARM SUPPORT "Here's an exercise that builds core and trunk stability, as well as reaching strength." - Mike Robertson   INCLINE PUSH-UP  "Check out this regression on the standard push-up from the floor." - Mike Robertson    Have any

5 Quick Facts: What Indy Mini-Marathon Runners need to know about running shoes, marathon training, and running injuries

DATE › January 29, 2017
CATEGORIES › Blog, Physical Therapy
Your foot mechanics are like fingerprints.  Your foot mechanics are unique to you. (Stacoff 2007) No matter what type of running shoes your wear, your foot mechanics will not change. (Stacoff 2007, Dicharry 2009) Footwear tends to alter the firing pattern (sequence) of muscle activity in your legs and posture from the ground up into your body. (Nigg 1987, Ogon 2001) Fatigue alters the firing pattern of the muscles in your legs as you train.  Running injuries like knee pain, patellofemoral pain, IT band syndrome, and tibial stress syndrome or shin splints are linked to abnormal firing patterns of the

Is there really IT Band Friction Syndrome in Runners?

DATE › January 23, 2017
CATEGORIES › Blog, Physical Therapy
As I write this we are approaching the 100-day point before the running of one of the largest mini-marathons here in Indianapolis.  Thousands of runners are training and making their preparations to run 13.1 miles including as stretch around the famous Indianapolis 500 track. They’re also getting injured.  It’s a drawback of the inspiration and excitement of setting a goal and working toward it.  Many runners just aren’t prepared to make such drastic changes in their physical workload to tolerate such training.  Some tolerate it and finish the race.  Some don’t because of injury. One of the most common diagnoses

Welcome Jason Neal!

DATE › December 6, 2016
CATEGORIES › Classes, Coaching, Gym News
Hello IFAST community! My name Jason Neal and I have recently been hired as a Strength Coach/Office Administrator. I have been visiting this site and reading this blog since I was a freshman in college so it’s surreal to be writing something for it. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a talented and experienced team. I began weight training when I was about 14 and my Uncle Joe wrote me my first training program.  I loved the weight room in high school and the confidence it gave me on the ball diamond. I have always

Coming Soon!

DATE › November 30, 2016
CATEGORIES › Athletic Development, Classes, IFAST Events, Sports Performance Training
I’m going to stray from our usual content this week, but only because we have a ton of cool stuff coming up here at IFAST that I want to make sure you know all about! Women’s Self-Defense Class When IFAST client Clint Cloys came to me years ago with the hope of holding a self-defense class at IFAST, I honestly didn’t know what to say. I’m all for people growing and evolving, and making their mark in the world. But I also know how hard it is to market events like this, and beyond just getting them excited, getting them

Core Exercises for Chronic Low Back Pain… Think Again.

DATE › November 14, 2016
CATEGORIES › Blog, Physical Therapy
Every week at least one of my patients will remark that they think that their back still hurts because they have a “weak core” or they just have “a bad back.” You already know that what your x-ray and MRI show may have absolutely nothing to do with your pain, so it must be a problem with your “core”, right? First, there is no area of the trunk that is designated as “the core.” Many will use the term “core” as a substitution for the abdominal muscles but even these muscles are not limited to some magical protectors against lower

Q&A: How does stress impact performance, strength and/or body composition?

DATE › November 10, 2016
CATEGORIES › Athletic Development, Coaching, Semi-Private Training
Another week, another question here are your favorite gym - Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training. This one is a doozy, and applies to literally anyone who works out: Question: How does stress impact performance, strength and/or body composition? This is a great question, and before I answer it, make sure to read this article for a bit of an overview: What is a Reset? And Why Do We Do Them? Now that you've got a frame of reference, allow me blow your mind. Training is Stress First off, here's something that most people never consider (trainers included): When you lift

What your MRI can tell you about your pain… And what it can’t tell you

DATE › November 7, 2016
CATEGORIES › Blog, Physical Therapy
You may have had pain for a very long time. It's not uncommon for your doctor to order an MRI to help determine the source of your ongoing complaints of pain. In the hopes of finding a cause for the pain it's not uncommon to default to the findings in an MRI as that source of pain. Perhaps they blame arthritis or a herniated disc in your spine for your back pain. Perhaps they find a torn meniscus in your knee and blame that on your knee pain. Perhaps they find a muscle tear and blame that for your pain.