Corrective Exercise Specialist Workshop in Calabasas California

Great to be home! Well almost home, I am actually typing this on the plane ride home! I am just getting back from another fantastic Corrective Exercise Specialist workshop for NASM in Calabasas, CA just out side of LA.

This was the largest group I have had at a CES workshop, 31 people. There were people that travelled from several different states to the workshop including; Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Kentucky and Texas. There were personal trainers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches and even a professional body builder amongst the group!

Want to see what one of the participants thought of the workshop?

Andy, a Neuromuscular Therapist from the Kentucky/Cincinnati area who enjoys using active isolated stretching techniques amongst others with his patients/clients.

I arrived in LA earlier than usual on Thursday and got to stop by the NASM home office or headquarters as I like to call it and visit the people that make it happen behind the scenes. There is actually quite a contingency from the east coast with Nina, Matt and Brett.

I also got to visit some of my favorite haunts;

Zuma Beach

Duke's in Malibou

Sharky's in Calabasas

Adobe Cantina
29100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; Phone: 818-991-3474

During the workshop we saw some interesting assessments. There was one variation of a compensation that was very unique, one that I have never seen before. During the decent of her overhead squat she had an excessive forward lean and flexed her thoracic spine. Her right knee moved inwards slightly as well and right foot out slightly. This probably does not sound all that unusual. But the manner in which she moved was different than I had seen. How she stayed neutral at the lumbar spine but collapsed at the thoracic spine and kept the arms in line over her head, cool to see. I often times see the excessive forward lean preceded by an excessive arch in the lumbar spine, but that did not happen. Recreationally she; runs, plays goalie in ice hockey and rides a motorcycle.

Her primary area of dysfunction was her lumbo-pelvic hip complex, with the primary impairment existing in the right side.

Primary Overactive Muscles

Underactive Muscles


TFL-Bilateral (R>L)

Transverse Abdominus

(and other intrinsic stabilizers)

Gluteal Complex

Thoracic Erector Spinae

Secondary Overactive Muscles

Right Adductor Magnus

Tertiary Overactive Muscles

Calves Bilateral (R>L)

The Corrective Strategy we designed was to;


TFL Bilaterally 3 min each

Adductor Magnus-Right 2 min

Calves Bilaterally 2 min each

Lengthen 30-45 sec holds

Psoas Bilaterally (x 3:2 R>L)

Adductor Magnus-Right x 2

Calves Bilaterally x 2


Core Stabilizers 3 x 15

Glute Max Bilaterally 2 x 15

Gluteus Medius Right 2 x15


Squat with lightly loaded anterior reach 3 x 15

Maybe our mystery volunteer is reading now Thank you if you are. I really appreciate everyone coming to the workshop and I look forward to seeing you all again!

Maybe for a neuromuscular stretching and goniometry workshop???

Thanks for reading! Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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