Hip extension during squats and deadlifts: How much is too much?

We know that when it comes to producing the strength and power necessary for successful athletic performance, the glutes are absolutely essential. They produce the rapid extension at the hip that is essential for a HUGE array of athletic movements (and tasks of daily living, while we are discussing their importance), while also providing a […]

Improving Movement Quality: Training to Move Better

The importance of movement quality cannot be denied – we know that how we move as individuals can greatly impact both our risk of injury, and our capacity for physical performance – within this it becomes obvious that those who demonstrate higher measures of movement quality are less likely to get injured, while also having […]

How injury impacts the way we move

Over the last ten years or so, we have seen a massive shift in the way we assess individuals (from athletic backgrounds or otherwise) in regards to both their risk of injury and their capacity for physical performance. Traditionally we have opted for isolated muscle and joint testing, looking at the strength of individual muscles […]

Real life stability training

Real life stability training When most people think of stability based training, their minds automatically jump to bosu balls, half foam rollers, and rubber mats. While these tools may have merit in rehabilitation and very low grade exercise settings, they aren’t really the most effective way to improve stability from a sports performance (or real […]

Why stretching works (despite what you hear on the internet): how to stretch effectively

Foam rolling (among a host of other forms of self-myofascial release techniques) have become exceedingly popular over the last few years, and as a result, it is no longer cool to stretch. Unfortunately, this has also somewhat coincided with the publication of a few studies suggesting that static stretching can reduce power output, and as […]

The Importance of Quality Movement

Here at inform we place an absolute premium on function. For most, this means restoring range of movement to joints that are lacking mobility, and ensuring that the right muscles are firing correctly during movement (ultimately ensuring that they are doing their job). Once those two factors have been achieved, we can then move on […]

The Importance of preparing yourself physically

Remember back when you were a kid, preparing for a game of tag (chasie, etc. etc… you know what I mean). It would start with a group of 20-30 kids, all standing in a circle coercing some poor soul into being ‘it’ first. Once that person was decided on (often by whatever means necessary…) you […]

Thoracic Spine Mobility is Important – But How do We Improve it?

‘Thoracic mobility’ (OR T-spine mobility, depending on who you talk to) is one of the buzzwords in the health and fitness industry at the moment. And for good reason. Poor mobility of the thoracic spine can lead to a number of dysfunctions, including low back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. Poor thoracic mobility can […]

How to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring strains are absolutely dreaded by track and field athletes alike. They are not only painful, but also have a lengthy recovery timeline, and a HUGE risk of injury re-occurrence. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most common injuries we see in both athletes and weekend warriors alike. And it is understandable to some […]