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I hope you had a great March! What a busy month that has brought about some exciting changes. As of March 30th, I have officially moved my business to Quest Performance in Brentwood, TN. This change provides several unique opportunities that will help grow my business to the next level. I am thankful for a great year and a half at Physiofit, as I have learned a lot and met so many great people. With this comes a pretty cool kick-off promotion to all NEW clients (see below for more details). 

I also had the pleasure to spend time last weekend working with the USA Triathlon's Southeast Junior Team (Below are some pictures from our performance & mobility session). This amazing group of young athletes and coaches opened my eyes to the other things within the sport of triathlon. The transitions are a key part of the sport which I knew little about. Not only do they require a calmness under the chaos, but optimal balance, sprinting acceleration and deceleration, and adequate hip mobility for the mount and dismount. All things I will now consider implementing in my triathlete's programs moving forward.

With all the craziness this past month, I haven't had the chance to write as much as much as I'd like to. But, that probably gives  you some free time from having to hear from me! Below you will find several new videos and just a couple articles I wrote. I am hopeful the next month will allow me the time needed to write as I'd like. If you have any questions or concerns that could help your personal journey, please feel free to contact me.
In Strength & Health,

Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART
(734) 604-4197
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Stability vs. Strength: When Does it Matter?

| Article written on March 14th, 2015 at 12:30pm | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram | Strength and stability are two commonly used terms in …
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Exercise of the Month: Side Bridge

| Article written on March 1, 2015 at 7:30pm | Follow Garrett McLaughlin on Facebook and Twitter | Hip hinging is a vital movement necessary …
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Medicine Ball Step to Rotation Throw
Improving Functional Core Rotation with this Medicine Ball Exercise
Strength vs  Stability
Strength vs. Stability: What's the Difference?
Encore Ultimate Sports Performance Trailer
Check out the Encore Ultimate Frisbee team in action!

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I love connecting with my past, present and future clients on social media. This gives me the ability to share helpful information on nutrition and exercise, injury prevention tips, motivational quotes, offers and promotions, and much more. Click the links below and don't just follow me on Facebook or Twitter, but interact and get involved. I enjoy connecting with those who share their own experiences or have questions about their journey. 
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Saturday Morning Athletic Development

The regular Saturday morning speed & agility session for youth athletes is continuing at Quest! Please note that the time has been moved from 8:30am to 9am. Because of the change in facilities and difference in pay structure, I am able to offer awesome prices for any young athlete interested in taking their performance to the next level.

Drop-In/Single: $18
Package of 4: $60
Package of 8: $100
(3-month expiration on packages)

If you know of any athletes from the ages of 9 to 13, please pass along this opportunity. Classes run for 45-minutes and address areas such as: dynamic flexibility, locomotion drills, linear and lateral speed development, footwork & coordination, and body weight strength training. We hope to see you there! 
I am now offering a FREE consultation and functional training session to all NEW clients. Please pass this deal along to anyone you know who is interested in developing a proper exercise program, but doesn't know where to begin. This deal is great for those with goals of weight loss, improving movement and/or athletic performance, or transitioning from physical therapy back towards a pain-free lifestyle.
Contact Garrett McLaughlin to schedule your sessions!
An Injury Prevention Lesson from Young Triathletes: Proper Hip Extension

This past weekend I had the opportunity to head down to Chattanooga, TN and work with the USA Triathlon's Southeast Junior Team. What a great experience this was! Not only were these kids extremely talented, but very dedicated to being the best they could. One area I did notice that was dysfunctional were the glutes. This is a common problem for not just young athletes, but the general population too. There were too many athletes that had trouble lifting the hips off the ground during different hip lift variations. The glutes are a driving force in running (see the driving force in the back leg of the picture above?) and swimming, and also play an important role in taking stress off the lower back and hamstrings. When they are not functioning properly, we often begin to develop other muscles to take up the slack. This leads to decreased performance and a greater risk of injury.

Below you will find two exercises. The first video on the forearm hip extension is great for activating and connecting with the glutes. It's important to not just do the movement, but focus on squeezing the butt each time you lift the hip in the air. The second exercise is the hip lift that many of the young triathletes struggled with. The cook hip lift is a single leg variation which holds the back in a relatively neutral position, so we can use the glute to properly extend the hip. Complete both exercises for 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. Check out the videos below and stay injury-free with proper hip motion.
Glute Activation: Forearm Hip Extension
Glute Strengthening: Cook Hip Lift
Complimentary 30-Minute Active Release Techniques Treatment

In addition to the FREE consultation and first functional training session I mentioned above, I am offering a complimentary treatment for first-time clients who are suffering from any upper or lower extremity soft-tissue injury or issue. This means issues ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, or just the normal tightness or stiffness I mentioned above. Contact me for more details on setting up your session.

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