Following three knee surgeries, and a year and a half of physical therapy, someone asked Jonathan Fitzgordon what he was doing to prevent a fourth surgery.
When he realized the answer was "nothing", he created Corewalking, a program that shares how fixing your walk can change everything about your physical well-being for the better. By making minor changes to long-term patterns, major benefits can accrue.
In this podcast series, Jonathan, along with co-host Alex Mabilon, share methods for living, moving and aging gracefully with discussions on walking, anatomy, functional fitness and so much more.
In the episode, Jonathan and Alex talk about the proper to rise into bridge pose and remain in the asana properly aligned. They go on to discuss what a student can learn from bridge pose, whether it is having her seat 2 inches from the ground or pushing way up through the pelvis. What does bridge pose have to do with standing and walking properly aligned? That’s in there too. And they talk about some of the myriad variations bridge pose can be done in and whether there are “therapeutic” uses to bridge
Downward Facing Dog
In this episode we look one of the most visited postures in the yoga world, downward facing dog, or adho mukha svanasana. We talk about its numerous benefits, both physical and mental when practiced regularly. We also talk about how to slowly build up your downward dog practice to let it one day become your resting pose. It wouldn't be a Corewalking if we didn't speak bout alignment so we focus on alignment of hands and feet and how indicative your dog is of your standing posture.
The "Tennis" Elbow Conundrum
What biking has to do with tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, and golfer's elbow, its close cousin.
The shoulder's and the wrist's involvement in tennis elbow (and golfer's elbow)
The fragile elbow's function, mechanics, and anatomy
Exercises and stretches to appease angry tendons in the elbow
Tennis elbow surgery: necessary or not?
How to cure your lateral or medial epicondylitis and make it disappear forever (it takes work)
The Ankle Hinge
Today on the podcast: The set-up of the hinge joint that is the ankle. Does the ankle rotate? Muscles involved in moving the ankle – and the importance of their tone. The value of swelling and compression in healing from injury. Tracking, bodywork, calf raises and other exercises for ankle protection and stability. Core, core, core – even for ankle strength. Ankle replacement, ankle fusion and other ankle surgeries.
Why Do My Knees Hurt?
Covered in this episode: the anatomical highway interchange that is the knee; the rotational capability of the knee and why it is important to the heath of that joint; the muscles that provide support for the knee joint and exercises for their balanced tone; the kinds of injuries that can occur in the knees; what to take into account when considering serious knee surgery; posture, posture, posture; exercises that can relieve knee pain and make your knee "stronger"
We differentiate between the three gluteal muscles and talk about the birth of the gluteus maximus and the importance of the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus; everyone's need for a bigger butt; why the gluteus maximus becomes underactive; the relationship of the hamstrings to the gluteus maximus; how muscles balance in the glutes can alleviate knee pain; the glutes' role in proper posture for optimal pain relief; exercises to for balance and strength in the gluteal muscles
Fitzgordon knows his stuff
I listened skeptically to the advice offered here, but have gradually seen the practical benefit. The basic idea—that good posture/alignment is essential—is simple but manifestly true. While it was (and still is) extremely hard for me to be conscious of my alignment, JF’s admonitions (“stick out your butt”) stay with me and help me reorient time and time again. For me, at 54, I am trying to stay active and age well (“aging well” another JF mantra), and the advice in these podcasts has helped me recover from injury and move toward better fitness and enjoyment.
I can’t say enough good things about the information provided in these podcasts! Every single episode from The Core Walking podcast is packed with useful information about the anatomy of the body and how everything works together. I am using this information to improve my own yoga practice, improve my yoga teaching to my students, and alleviate pain brought on by walking patterns that don’t suit me well. Thank you for passing along this valuable knowledge! The podcast on the feet is a personal favorite!
Periformis and SI podcast information
Excellent information. Discussion by Jonathan about taking charge of your own health and learning about your body is spot on. Strange how we know nothing of anatomy or how our body works. I started with his Core Walking program around 2015. Curiosity and desire to alleviate chronic pain and avoid surgery for “sciatica”. I listened and read and researched online. It all gave me direction and confidence. It does take time though; can’t be in a hurry and take a pill. My goal to be pain free. I am 72 now. I found a rolfer who I consider a “body doctor”. Saved me by releasing that gluteus Maximus all knotted up and then my soas. My SI joint also released. So Jonathan’s recent podcast helped me to again gain knowledge that I followed the right road. Also needed updating on good exercises. Thanks, Jonathan. Someday I’ll meet you.