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6 Steps to Eliminate Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles

Virtually every runner has experienced or knows of someone that has experienced the dreaded plantar fasciitis.  Even you’re not a runner, you’ve likely know of plantar fasciitis as it is the #1 cause of heel pain.

Anatomy of Plantar Fasciitis

Anatomy of the plantar fascia

Anatomy of the plantar fascia

 

The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous band of tissue on the bottom side of the foot.  The plantar fascia runs from the calcaneus (heel) and fans out to each of the metatarsal heads (base of each toe). 

This fibrous tissue plays a critical role in establishing the longitudinal arch of a person’s foot.  The arch of one’s foot allows us to absorb and transmit the forces more efficiently than a flat surface – similar to that of a spring. Read More


CrossFit 15.5 – Three Queens

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles
The Champs -  Annie Thorisdottir (2011, 2012), Sam Briggs (2013), and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (2014)

The Champs
Annie Thorisdottir (2011, 2012), Sam Briggs (2013), and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (2014)

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CrossFit 15.4 – PacWest Test

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles
Josh Bridges and Scott Panchik

Josh Bridges and Scott Panchik

The 2015 CrossFit Open Season has definitely lived up to its hype. We saw the addition of an ‘extra’ WOD in 15.1(a), we revisited a previous year’s WOD – 14.2 and now we have the addition of a new Open WOD movement: the handstand push-up.

CrossFit 15.4

CrossFit 15.4

CrossFit Open WOD 15.4 is a couplet of handstand push-ups (HSPU) and cleans in an ascending repetition scheme smashed into an 8 minute AMRAP.
Tonight, we had the opportunity to sit down with Nate Yoho of CrossFit Merle Hay to watch the live 15.4 announcement. Watching the live announcement highlighted the HSPU as the limiting factor for both athletes.
The HSPU is a movement with inherent pitfalls:
1. Difficult to control breathing inverted
2. Blood rushing to one’s cranium (head) while inverted
3. High potential for cervical spine (neck) injury due to compression

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CrossFit 15.3 – ChiTown Showdown

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles
Julie Foucher and Lauren Brook

Julie Foucher and Lauren Brook

Movement Efficiency

15.3 has officially turned some heads and shaken things up! This year Open WOD looks very similar to previous year’s Open WOD with one minor glitch: MUSCLE-UPS COME FIRST!

By leading off the WOD, the muscle-up is sure to shake things up on the leaderboard. As the saying goes: “Separate the men from the boys!”  🙂

Tonight we had the opportunity to sit down with JD Alex of Tusk Fitness. JD is an up-and-coming CrossFit athlete and coach within the NorthCentral Region. Read More


CrossFit 15.2 – AMRAP in ATX

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles
Michele Letendre and Emily Bridgers

Michele Letendre and Emily Bridgers

Movement Efficiency

Open WOD 15.2

Open WOD 15.2

Well, hello old friend! 🙂 Read More


CrossFit 15.1 – The Title Town Throwdown

Dr. Brooks Newton Articles
Fraser vs. Froning

Fraser vs. Froning

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Predictions for The CrossFit Open

Dr. Jon Roed Articles

Predicting the 2015 Workouts

The CrossFit Open kicks off in two days! Over the next five weeks the CrossFit community will be obsessing over five individual workouts. The makeup of these five WOD’s has yet to be announced and is a mystery to most. Most CrossFitters are asking: What will the WOD consist of? I wonder which movements will be used? Will they be long grinders? Or short burners?

Throughout the last four years, there have been consistencies throughout the Open WOD’s. This makes for the ability to predict and plan for what’s to come. For all of you CrossFit athletes highly anticipating the Open, here are my predictions for the 2015 Open Workouts.

Heavy Deadlift

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What to Expect from the 2015 CrossFit Open

Dr. Jon Roed Articles

The 2015 CrossFit Open is quickly approaching. Somewhat surprisingly, there have been some changes made to this year’s format. Let’s look at what will know will be different in this year’s Open and how it will affect you.

Barbells - CrossFit Open

For those who don’t know, the Open is CrossFit’s first step to naming the fittest man and woman on Earth. It’s the beginning of the 2015 Games season and is followed by a Regional competition and then the worldwide Games in California. In the Open, anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 200,000 athletes from around the world. I’ll break down the changes made to the format to help you feel more confident about signing up. Read More


6 Ways to Prepare for the CrossFit Open with DSM Spine+Sport

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The Open 2015

The Open 2015

 

The CrossFit Open is quickly approaching. The worldwide event kicks off in less than a month on February 26th. Athletes everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their preparation strategies for the upcoming test of fitness.

With the window for preparation quickly closing, our clinic has seen an influx of those CrossFit athletes looking to fine tune their bodies. Here’s a look at six ways our athletes are preparing their bodies for the CrossFit Open:

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How to Deadlift 1155 pounds without Low Back Pain

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Your low back, more specifically your lumbar spine, has the ability to move and bear enormous weights (see the 1155 pounds below). This ability is unique when compared to the other regions of the spine. To effectively bear enormous loads, such as 1155 pounds, the low back must be in a stable position. When not in a stable position, low back pain follows.

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