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What Do You Love?

What Do You Love?

What Do You Love?   As a private practice owner and health and fitness writer, I’m no stranger to the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. I somewhat reluctantly took on this role back in 2003, when I first opened my private practice. I had been frustrated for months at my job in a busy rehab hospital, and thought that I could do better on my own. Without any formal business training, I sat down with a yellow legal pad and outlined what I wanted my business to look like. Now more than 10 years later (with four years in the middle working for someone else), I find myself thinking a lot about the good, the bad, and the ugly of self-employment. A few recent articles have caught my attention, and given me food for thought. The articles cover topics we don’t often discuss as business owners: the risk, the sleepless nights, the stress of an empty schedule or a phone that doesn’t ring. After talking with many business owners over the years, I know that we all share the same joys and frustrations, and I think that we need to talk more openly about our struggles in order to support each other. It goes against the grain for most business owners to talk about their struggles. After all, we take pride in our image. We want to appear in control and successful at all times. But this often comes at a great cost. This article discusses the psychological price of entrepreneurship in a candid fashion. It discusses the toll taken by lack of a steady paycheck, working long hours, risking security, and loss of time with friends and family. Several prominent business owners openly discuss their struggles with start-ups and failed ventures. The same article points out that […]

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The Paleo Athlete

The Paleo Athlete

The Paleo Athlete I wanted to let everyone know about a great new resource just released by my friend Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo. Steph has taken her 20 years of competition experience and combined it with her years of experience teaching high school chemistry and biology to publish an outstanding eBook called The Paleo Athlete. If you are an athlete of any sort (CrossFit, Powerlifting, or endurance athlete) and interested in learning how to properly fuel your athletic performance, this is the book for you. It will teach you how to utilize nutrient dense whole foods, proper rest and recovery, and proper pre and post workout nutrition to perform at your best. In Steph’s words: In The Paleo Athlete you’ll learn… Why athletes thrive on nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods The basics of Paleo and understanding macronutrients All about carbs—who needs them and why How to burn fat at rest What and how much to eat before, during and after a workout Why dietary hacks can’t substitute for solid nutrition Practical cooking tips for your busy schedule How to get ready for competition How to improve sleep and recovery and deal with injuries and stress FAQs and troubleshooting guides Thirty stupid-easy, mouth-watering recipes …and much more! payday today loans This book is a big part of the foundation for the seminar The Whole Athlete, currently being offered through collaboration between Steph and Dallas Hartwig of Whole 9 Life. I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural seminar at CrossFit Love in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, and I was impressed with the material covered. Whether you are a weekend warrior, competitive athlete, or physical therapist working with athletes, you will benefit from reading and understanding this information.   Enjoy!    

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PPS13 In My Shoes

PPS13 In My Shoes

PPS13 In My Shoes I just got back from PPS13 in New Orleans, and all I can say is WOW. What a spectacular time. Everything was top notch, from the programming to the closing party. I did a recap for WebPT here. While I made the point in my post for WebPT that PPS13 was all about connecting, I want to share more of the personal side of my trip here on my blog. I got to see old friends and made new friends, and I got to sit and talk with the leaders of our profession about business and life. What a rush to get together with other private practice owners who could listen, display empathy, get excited for my successes, and offer advice for the future. Here are some of the highlights from my trip: We got to meet up with a friend of mine before the conference started. He does a lot of work in NOLA in the fitness industry, and was able to give us a tour of the New Orleans Athletic Club. This place was absolutely amazing. It opened in 1872 and is one of the oldest athletic clubs in the states. Where else can you work out on an elliptical machine in a room filled with chandeliers?! Their indoor pool is open to the 2nd level, where they have a boxing ring! After our tour, we went to have lunch with some friends from Kentucky (shout out to Patrick @PatrickMyersPT), Brad (@MyPTapexbrad) and Nick (@NickAustinPT)). And then we made our way to the famous Pat O’ Brien’s for Hurricanes. In the rain. We had a few… Over Hurricanes, I met Quinn Worden (@PTsAreHeros). Quinn is an impressive 24 year old with a vision to change the supply chain for physical therapy products. Check out […]

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Congrats, Meghan!

Congrats to Prana Physical Therapy patient, Meghan, who recently completed  an Ironman Triathlon! Meghan is the ideal patient: she works hard both in physical therapy and in her training. She trains smart and rarely is injured. I had the pleasure of working with her as she trained for this race, and it is very gratifying to see her cross the finish line! Here’s her testimonial: Ann!!  Thank you for all of your help.  I finished my Ironman on Saturday.  I couldn’t have done it without your help.  Thank you so much for getting me there.  It was the most unbelievable day.  I have attached a finish line pic. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, Ironman or somewhere in between, we would love to help you reach your goals! Please let us know how we can assist you!  

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Mad Skills

Mad Skills

I love books, so when someone offers me an advanced copy of their new book (and I believe it’s going to be a book I want on my bookshelf) I jump at the chance! I recently received a copy of Mad Skills by Ben Musholt. Ben is a physical therapist and APEX Movement certified Parkour and Freerunning coach in Portland, Oregon. He is a co-founder of Beyond the Clinic rehabilitation practice, and also runs BPM Rx, Inc. Ben and I met through Twitter. As a MovNat and Animal Flow enthusiast, I have been looking forward to seeing Ben’s book. He does some really cool stuff as part of his daily training. As Ben explains in the introduction, the book’s aim is to “open your eyes to hundreds of different ways to move, strengthen, and enhance your body’s ability to function in both daily life and on the playing field.” He further explains that “by rotating through a plentiful set of complex and varied exercise skills, you sharpen your nervous system, strengthen your joints, and build muscle memory for a large movement repertoire.” The first chapter, Fire It Up!, contains 56 warm up exercises, including multiple variations of crawling (an excellent and challenging warm up activity that I do before every training session): Subsequent chapters cover movement exercises for legs (Pillars of Steel): Arms (Gorilla Arms): Barbell training: An entire chapter on Push Ups: 80 gymnastics conditioning movements (Monkey Style): And a chapter on yoga stretches: With over 700 illustrations, Mad Skills is truly an exercise encyclopedia. The illustrations and explanations are well done, and clear enough to copy or photograph for a patient to do as part of their home exercise program. If you love teaching patients how to move better, this book should should be on your bookshelf! Well […]

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