The Joint Ventures' Blog

3 Exercises to Avoid to Prevent Shoulder Injuries

Friday, May 10, 2013

Now that Spring is upon us, and everyone starts coming out of hibernation, I want to offer my advice to those without exercise experience.  There are certain exercises I highly recommend you do not perform.  I say this from my own personal experience and because I've seen many patients with injuries specifically related to poor exercise execution and gym routines.  It should be stated that there are probably people that have been doing these exercises for years and without issues, but that doesn't mean that these exercises are not RISKY!  All exercises have risks, just like all sports have risks.  Example: Football players take the risk of head injury and skiers take the risk of knee injury.  I recommend that if your goal is to lose weight and get into better shape, or to start working out, you need to reduce the risks of injury with your routine.  Here is a start. 

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Get Ready To Roll

Friday, April 26, 2013

Maybe you have walked in to your gym and noticed people rolling on a piece of foam, or one of your running buddies, says “you should get a foam roller, they are great!”  So, you might ask, what are these foam rollers all about and why should I use one? 

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Is Functional Training For You?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

If you would describe yourself as an athlete, mom, or simply a human being... Functional Training is a valuable tool to incorporate into your daily exercise regimen.  When performing awkward positions of bending, lifting, balancing, and twisting, Functional Training (FT) helps to ensure that you handle these activities with greater stability, less effort and less fatigue.  The focus of FT is on movement, not on isolated muscle groups.  Practicing movement patterns helps you to perform everyday activities safely and efficiently.  In other words, if want to get better and stronger at an activity, then you should rehearse the activity.  

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Is Kettlebell The Boost That Your Routine Needs?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Over the past few years, I have had several clients and patients ask me if they should use kettlebells as part of their fitness routine.  I always say that kettlebells are yet another great training strategy that allow us to fully develop ourselves as athletes and to achieve our personal goals.  While traditional workout programs can become stale after a while, kettlebells can be the shot in the arm that not only makes training interesting again, but that also increases overall muscular strength and endurance. 

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Tabata your way to Strength and Cardiac Health!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Everyone should exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends “150 minutes of Moderate Intensity exercise per week” for the average adult.  Along with this cardiac workout, the ACSM also recommends flexibility and strength training 2-3 times per week for most adults.  Many people claim they don’t have time to do cardio for 30 minutes, 5 times per week, in addition to weight training, and ask me which they should focus on. 

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How is your sitting posture at work?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Poor posture, incorrect body mechanics, and faulty desk set up are all major factors in workplace related injuries and health problems.  Static positioning with these faulty mechanics can lead to injuries such as neck/back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and shoulder and wrist tendonitis. Below are some good tips to adjust your desk arrangement to prevent these injuries.   

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Girls on the Run!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with some runners prepping for the Boston Marathon.  Not only are they training for their first marathon ever, but they are raising money for a great organization called "Girls on the Run."  

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February is Heart Awareness Month!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


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Power Up For Lifelong Fitness

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to compete in and win a powerlifting competition in the New England area.  For those of you who aren't familiar with powerlifting, it is the sport of performing three movements — squat, bench press, and deadlift — with the heaviest weight possible, while maintaining very strict form.  

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Weekend Warriors Hitting the Slopes

Monday, January 21, 2013

For those of you that engage in snowy activities like skiing and snowboarding, it can be an exciting time to plan the weekend getaway to a private chalet at the base of the mountain.  However, it can also be dangerous to your health and body if you are not prepared.  These season-specific snow sports have their limitations, and most of us put the skis on for the first time in several months without any training or practice in the pre-season.  Our bodies have to be conditioned before the first day of making tracks. 

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