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Getting More Out Of Your Strength Training Workouts Through Focus

I can remember reading the exercise literature over 20 years ago and learning the impact of mental imagery on strength gains.  Participants who solely thought about their strength training workouts over a study period demonstrated strength gains compared to a control group.  In addition, these mental workouts could also limit the amount of atrophy observed...

How To Prevent Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common condition affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives.  Unfortunately, without treatment neck pain can become recurrent in nature.  In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we treat neck pain with a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and education.  Treatment by Physical...

Using Rucking To Improve Your Fitness And Bone Density

Rucking, the straightforward yet powerful exercise of walking with a weighted backpack, uniquely combines the benefits of strength training and bone health. The added weight carried during rucking provides a resistance that engages various muscle groups, promoting strength and muscle development throughout the body. This not only enhances overall physical fitness but also contributes to...

Novice And Experienced Weight Training Participants Are Not Lifting Heavy Enough

Strength training participation is increasing as more and more Americans realize the health benefits of this form of exercise.  Current research continues to support the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of strength training.  Strength training principles require participants to select a weight designed to fatigue a given muscle within the desired reps.  For example, if...

Improving Osteoporosis With Exercise

In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we commonly receive questions on the benefits of exercise on bone density. High intensity resistance training and impact training have been shown to improve indices of bone strength in postmenopausal women with low bone mineral density (Watson et al. 2018). High intensity resistance training and...

Cold Water Immersion After Training May Negatively Effect Muscle Growth

The utilization of cold temperatures whether in the form of air temperature, water immersion, or ice baths after exercise is not new, but participation in this intervention is on the rise.  As the popularity of cold water immersion increases it continues to outpace the available research supporting its’ utilization.  Overall the research has significant methodological...

Closed Kinetic Chain: Unlocking Shoulder Pain For Climbers

Introduction Climbing is a physically demanding and exhilarating sport that requires a combination of strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Unfortunately, when injuries to the shoulder occur some elements of good shoulder function tend to be negatively impacted. With any good Physical Therapy program, the compromised elements are found and targeted with exercise to restore function....

Utilizing The Hangboard To Improve Your Rock Climbing

The World of Hangboard Somewhere along your jaunt down the nice wandering cobble set path of life you were unexpectedly jabbed by the climbing bug, its infectious poison penetrating all the way into your soul, leaving your mind consumed with the indomitable desire to get vertical. The only way you have found to cull the...

Can Exercise Prevent Neck Pain?

Neck pain is one of the most common reasons Americans seek care from their primary care physician and Physical Therapist.  In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we commonly treat neck pain through manual therapy, patient education, and high level exercise.  Current medical research supports the utilization of manual therapy, including spinal...

Utilizing The Vertical Pull To Reduce Your Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their primary care physician and Physical Therapist. In our Boulder and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we effectively treat this condition with education, spinal manipulation, and exercise. This latter intervention has the greatest long term effects on symptoms and risk of symptom recurrence. In...