Lift Heavy Run Strong

Hey Fit Nerds! I apologize for the long hiatus as residency is kicking my butt right now, but I’m back with a short and sweet post this week talking about the importance of strength training in runners. I’m not here to present loads and loads of research on the topic though there is definitely evidence…

Choosing Iron Over Pavement

Hey Fit Nerds! Today I thought I’d share with you my journey from running to weight lifting and how I’ve become more selective about the running that I do these days. This may come as a bit of a surprise because we write a lot of posts about running on our site, but I’m very…

Tales of a New Grad PT

Hey Fit Nerd fans! Sorry for my hiatus from the blog, but life is busy as a new grad PT! I began working my first PT job back in June of this year and so far it has been a whirlwind trying to get accustomed to full-time clinical life. All you new grads out there…

Overcoming Perfectionism as a New Grad PT

Today’s post comes from physical therapist Michelle Morrow, DPT, OCS. Michelle has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy for 4 years and currently works for Bellin Health in Escanaba, MI. She is also residency-trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy through Evidence in Motion. I contacted Michelle for some words of advice with some things that…

Train Less, Rest More: An Alternative Approach to Fitness

The past month or so I’ve had an enlightening experience in regards to training that I’d like to share. I’ve started working with Jim Laird, an excellent strength and conditioning coach in Lexington, KY who has really opened my eyes to a different perspective on training. I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m not…

Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps

Exercise associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are skeletal muscle cramps that occur without an underlying metabolic, neurological, or endocrine pathology (1). What causes EAMC? The answer may very well be in the question…exercise. But let’s delve a little deeper. In a 2010 paper out of Sports Health by Miller et al., the authors point out that there is…

Recover Like a Boss

Recovery is definitely getting more attention these days as we are slowly realizing that it is vitally important to our performance in athletics and life, go figure! 😉 I know I’m definitely guilty of putting recovery on the back burner, but through my various experiences I’ve definitely come to realize that it needs to be…

For the Love of the Run

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a mediocre runner at best. When I’m training for a race I typically run a 10 min/mile pace, which is not bad, but is definitely not very competitive. So that being the case you’re probably wondering, ‘well why does she run if she’s not even good…

Row, Row, Row Your Machine

Back in my undergrad days I competed on the club rowing team for a couple of years. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Rowing is definitely one of the most challenging sports out there! We not only competed on the water, but on the indoor ergometers (ergs) as well. Here’s a…

The Dynamic Warm Up

Courtesy: Google Images I will be the first to say that there is not a lot of definitive research regarding a dynamic warm up for running, but I am partial to performing one simply because I feel that it primes my muscles well prior to running. You will notice that I specifically said ‘dynamic’ as…

My Big Takeaways From PT School

Just in case you haven’t heard, I just graduated from PT school! It was a long, intense 3 years, but I made it! At this point, I thought I’d share my biggest takeaways from the journey that is PT school in hopes that it will ease the minds of you current PT students! 1. Get comfortable…