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TELL ME HOW YOU *REALLY* FEEL

TELL ME HOW YOU *REALLY* FEEL

Featuring Janelle Dinosaurs OUCH. ​Imagine this familiar moment:  you’re in an aerial/stretching/acrobatics class, and a student is trying a new skill. “Ow!” they say, “that hurts!” ​ This scene is the root of a series of several articles Janelle Dinosaurs and I are writing together to address the spectrum from “discomfort” to “full blown injury” as […]

EVERYTHING HURTS AND I’M DYING: HOW MUCH SORENESS IS TOO MUCH?

EVERYTHING HURTS AND I’M DYING: HOW MUCH SORENESS IS TOO MUCH?

Featuring Lindsay Culbert-Olds (@lco91), Photo by Warren Zelman What does current performing arts culture tell us about muscle soreness? Aches and pains? Bruises, burns, and rope rash?  “CIRCUS HURTS.” “Train through it.” “Tears are for home, not circus” “Here, have some circus candy (advil/ibuprofen).”  These are all common “circus-isms” that I’ve heard, and I want to talk a […]

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

​I just spent the greater part of last weekend in cars and airplanes, and my body absolutely hates me. My neck hurts, I have a headache, and my hip flexors are so wound up I can hardly stand up straight. Sound familiar? Here are the three exercises I hit immediately upon arrival at my destination […]

WHAT’S THE #1 PREDICTOR OF GETTING SURGERY FOR BACK PAIN?

WHAT’S THE #1 PREDICTOR OF GETTING SURGERY FOR BACK PAIN?

Contortionist: Caty Mae, Instagram: @catymaecircus  ATTENTION: Circus artists with back pain! Here’s a REALLY interesting (and SCARY) statistic on the NUMBER ONE PREDICTOR of if your have surgery for low back pain…. WHAT?! Yep. The number one predictor is HOW MANY SURGEONS ARE IN YOUR ZIP CODE!!  Surgeons like to do surgery. What’s the second predictor? Whether […]

THIS LITTLE MUSCLE MIGHT BE SABOTAGING YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER

THIS LITTLE MUSCLE MIGHT BE SABOTAGING YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER

Aerialists: Daniel Stern (www.acrodan.com) and Shannon McKenna (www.circusshannon.com). Photographer: Juan Luis Gonzales   Your pectoralis minor might just be the evil villain to your circus fairytale….dramatic, perhaps, but true. You could have the perfect injury prevention routine, but if your pec minor is too tight, it will all go to waste. In this post, I’ll start off […]

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CIRCUS LATS

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CIRCUS LATS

Photo by Amourpropre Photography (@enola_gay); Featuring Mark Keahi (@mark_keahi)  and Jen Crane My last post discussed the basics of latissimus dorsi anatomy, mechanics, and how you know if your lats are an issue in your circus training.  I also shared my favorite test to measure and track progress in lat flexibility.  In this post, I’ll talk […]