The Thorax Becomes the Pelvis February 2018 Q&A with Bill Hartman

docendo disco, scribendo cogito
I learn by teaching, I think by writing

I was feeling fired up, so we decided to go a little long on this month’s Q&A. Hope things aren’t too repetitive or boring for you, and — PLEASE — as always, ask any questions below. If something wasn’t cleared up, I can work on my explanation and try again soon.

Make sure to download the notes to help follow along and, if you get lost, there are some other videos linked below that should help you out.

Also worth noting: I decided to give drawing on screen a shot this month. Did you think it was helpful?


What Would You Do With This Baseball Player?

What Would You Do With This Baseball Player?

This video is an excerpt from the September 2017 Q&A with Bill Hartman.

This patient of mine was particularly interesting.

He’s a baseball player I’ve been seeing for a while now.

He came in the other day with mobile hips (a.k.a. “full lower body variability”). He was able to bring air into different parts of his rib cage as I demanded it from him.

But he still couldn’t rotate his shoulders well.

We tried traditional protraction-based exercsises. Those didn’t work.

Then I gave him manual work on his thorax. That didn’t work.

Then I noticed something.

Watch the video to hear about what I saw and what I did to get his shoulder rotation back.

You Are Wrong, but Don't Give Up Yet: September 2017 Q&A with Bill Hartman

You Are Wrong, but Don’t Give Up Yet Bill Hartman Q&A September 2017

All models are wrong. Some are useful.”
-George Box (wiki)

We use models to understand things to a small degree. To communicate. Even though they aren’t always enough. And we have the ability to change these models as we change things.


As long as you understand that they’re wrong.

You can hear more about this at the end of the Q&A. This one was full of great questions (and I even had to break out the pelvis model). Never leave home without it!


Choosing Corrective Exercises for the Upper Body: Why scap push ups won't fix winging shoulder blades

Choosing Corrective Exercises for the Upper Body Why scap push ups won't fix winging shoulder blades


Do you use corrective exercise?

If you do, are you confident that you aren’t just wasting your client’s time?

Most clients think this kind of “exercise” is boring. And if you’ve only got 30 minutes with a client, are you really going to spend that much time on it? What’s left to address their actual goals?

We’ve put together this post–one of our most thorough–to help you pick an exercise or two that will help your client correct imbalances, gain mobility, and, ultimately, augment their training. It includes:

  1. a why do you need this introduction,
  2. a short lecture video of training theory,
  3. a lab demonstration video of exercises and cues to use, and
  4. a downloadable assessment sheet for you to use with your clients


Breathing Mistakes

Breathing Mistakes

For all the emphasis we place on breathing, I sure have been coaching it wrong for a long time.

In this video, I take you through a subtle compensation that our clients do to make breathing drills ineffective. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.