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Podcast by Stick Mobility, the fitness training program that combines joint mobilization, strength training, and active stretching. The show focuses on improving mobility and is hosted by co-founders Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera, featuring special guests from the fitness community.

Movement Made Better Podcast Stick Mobility

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Podcast by Stick Mobility, the fitness training program that combines joint mobilization, strength training, and active stretching. The show focuses on improving mobility and is hosted by co-founders Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera, featuring special guests from the fitness community.

    #74 Hypermobility with Catherine Cowey

    #74 Hypermobility with Catherine Cowey

    Check out this week's episode with Catherine Cowey!

    Catherine brings a wealth of education and years of athletic experience to her role as a personal trainer.  As an athlete, she sustained several injuries, which led her to study the body and the mechanisms of injury and healing.

    Catherine pulls from this past working experience but has a thirst for knowledge that is never quenched. She has continued to evolve her practice and use the most up-to-date research and methods to better help her clients with injuries, pain, and increasing general fitness.

    Catherine also has an avid interest in working with hypermobile individuals. Her consummate research has given her insight into the best ways to deal with many of the multi-faceted symptoms that come with having joint hypermobility syndrome.


    USF B.A. Sports Med/Exercise Physiology
    SFSU M.A. Kinesiology
    FMS I & II
    FR and FRC mobility specialist
    PRI (Respiration, Myokinematics, Instability and Impingement) Ki-Hara
    DCT Resistance stretching


    In this podcast we discuss:

    00:00 - Intro

    01:56 - How common is hypermobility

    02:52 - Long term effects of hypermobility

    06:39 - Strength training with hypermobility

    10:48 - Long duration isometrics 

    14:53 - Addressing mental barriers with hypermobile clients

    19:20 - Are you hypermobile?

    21:38 - Basic principles to remember with hypermobile clients

    25:23 - Joint centration

    29:21 - Hypermobility with relation to the cardiovascular system

    35:40 - Back-loaded squats for hypermobile people?

    39:37 - Nutrition and Sleep


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    • 46 min
    #73 Yoga Deconstructed with Trina Altman

    #73 Yoga Deconstructed with Trina Altman

    Check out this week's episode with Trina Altman!

    Trina is an interdisciplinary movement educator (SCOTT pilates / E-RYT 500). She is also the creator of Yoga Deconstructed and Pilates Deconstructed, which shows teachers how to take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of yoga and Pilates in relation to modern movement science.

    Trina has presented at Momentum Fest, the International Association of Yoga Therapy Conference, and Kripalu. She also created and taught a Pilates continuing-education course for physical therapists and was part of the faculty for the Brain Longevity conference at UCLA. Trina was the co-creator of Equinox’s signature program Best Stretch Ever, utilizing the mobility stick to improve functional range of motion, body awareness, and total body strength.

    Trina was a finalist in the Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition in 2017. Her work has been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Pilates Style magazine. My classes have been featured on Yoga International and Yoga Anytime. She is also the author of Yoga Deconstructed®: Movement science principles for teaching, which shows yoga teachers how to integrate modern movement science into their classes and is published by Handspring Publishing.

    In this podcast we discuss:

    00:00 - Intro 

    09:41 - Didactics in yoga and pilates

    10:44 - Pain / Hypermobility

    16:25 - Yoga Deconstructed (Book)

    19:58 - Common yoga (asana)  injuries 

    22:37 - The evolution of yoga

    25:05 - Yoga hands-on adjustments

    32:37 - Lever and limb lengths

    39:49 - Is yoga all the training you need?

    45:12 - A typical training week for Trina

    47:33 - Trampoline training 

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    • 54 min
    #72 Maximizing Foundational Movements with Gary Gall

    #72 Maximizing Foundational Movements with Gary Gall

    Check out this week's podcast episode with Gary Gall!

    Scranton Raised. South Dakota perspective. Regular hustler.

    In August of 2011, Gary packed his bags and moved to Aberdeen South Dakota. his dream was to become a college strength and conditioning coach. Gary worked with over 400 college athletes from September 2011 to July 2013 at Northern State University. There he helped establish a philosophy of being built from the ground up, movement over muscles, and pushing the body beyond what was thought to be possible.

    In August of 2013, Gary brought the philosophy mentioned above to SUNY New Paltz. SUNY New Paltz is a Division III University in upstate New York. Through focus, hard work, and total commitment, Gary developed the first strength and conditioning program in University history. Over time this vision becаme more about the culture.

    In February 2018 Gary brought his passion to California. His overarching vision is to continue the journey and to become an added hustler to the Heart and Hustle team.


    In this podcast we discuss:

    00:00 - Intro

    01:31 - Training athletes for performance and injury prevention

    08:22 - Contact athletes and injury prevention. Chasing the unicorn?

    09:55 - Maximizing  movement efficiency

    11:58 - The current state of P.E. and recess in grade school

    16:05 - Chasing statistics. The reason for increased injuries in athletics?

    19:44 - Back to the Basics | Maximizing foundational movements

    24:21 - Segmenting your training programming

    27:53 - Characteristics of a good coach/trainer

    32:49 - One-on-one programming versus team programming

    35:03 - Mental mobility

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    • 40 min
    #71 Strength Training, Adaptability, and Chiropractics with Dr. Robert Crowley

    #71 Strength Training, Adaptability, and Chiropractics with Dr. Robert Crowley

    Check out this week's podcast episode with Robert Crowley, BSc (Ex Physiology) DC (Doctor of Chiropractic).

    Robert has 18 years of experience as a chiropractor. He is originally from the USA where he obtained a BSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. In 2002 he qualified as a Chiropractor at the National University of Health Sciences. Robert practiced in the USA from 2003-2008 working in an interdisciplinary setting, along with Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors.

    In 2008 he moved to the United Kingdom and registered with the General Chiropractic Council. He is currently in private practice at Gain Recovery Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Norwich. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and served as Clinical Lead of Athlete Services from 2014-2017 at CrossFit Games European/Meridian Regionals in Copenhagen and Madrid, leading an interdisciplinary team of Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, and Sports Therapists.

    Robert is also a RockTape Instructor, delivering kinesiology taping, IASTM, myofascial cupping, and movement specialist courses to manual therapists. He also is a Stick Mobility Instructor certifying manual therapists and personal trainers in the use of the mobility stick. Robert is a member of the British Chiropractic Association and European Chiropractic Union.  

    In this podcast we discuss:

    00:00 - Intro

    05:40 - Stickmobility as a primary rehab tool

    07:55 - Stickmobility as a cross-training tool

    12:13 - Adaptability & improvisational skills in training and recovery

    18:30 - Strength training & chiropractics

    24:35 - Fascial competence within the wellness industry

    30:46 - Lockdown training

    38:36 - What should you look for in a chiropractor?

    45:05 - Book recommendations

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    • 52 min
    #70 Stretching & Mobilizing with ”The Stretch Boss” Tina Rivera

    #70 Stretching & Mobilizing with ”The Stretch Boss” Tina Rivera

    Check out this week's podcast episode with "The Stretch Boss," Tina Rivera!

    Tina Rivera known as the Stretch Boss has been highly regarded by her
    celebrity clients for her recovery bodywork and tissue
    manipulation. She began her journey of healing when she discovered powerlifting and personal training over 18 years ago. When Tina received her
    license for physical therapy, she knew she found her purpose in life.

    Over the years Tina received recognition for her distinctive
    techniques by her staff and personal clients as well, earning her the
    name the StretchBoss by her colleagues. Her transition from working for a
    company to entrepreneurship has been liberating. She has worked
    with the likes of Hip Hop artists, Pro-bodybuilders, fitness
    influencers, and UFC Fighters.

    A few of Tina's Certifications Include:

    Body Tempering (BT-C), FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms), Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist (L.M.T), Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST), FMT Bladed Advanced (FMT), and Mobility/WOD Movement & Mobility Specialist (m/wods).


    In this podcast we discuss:

    00:00 - Intro

    00:47 - Benefits of stretching

    02:19 - Active & Passive stretching

    03:33 - The Stretch Boss origins story

    08:53 - Stretching - not a stand-alone fix all

    10:44 - Cupping Techniques

    14:10 - The emotional component of stretching

    21:59 - Knowing who’s on your table (Physical therapy)

    24:16 - Exploring deficiencies in mobility 

    28:52 - How often should you work on mobilizing?

    31:03 - Partner assisted stretching vs. solo stretching

    34:45 - Hydration with regards to tissue quality and movement

    43:46 - Patience - A modern-day superpower

    48:33 - Adding Stick Mobility to your mobility toolbox

    51:26 - Becoming an advocate for your health

    52:13 - Branding and Entrepreneurship

    58:42 - Recovery methods

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #69 Levers and Ranges of Motion with Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera

    #69 Levers and Ranges of Motion with Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera

    Check out this week's podcast episode with Stick Mobility Founders Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera!

    In this week's podcast, the coaches talk about working with clients with previous injuries, accounting for limb length when considering ranges of motion, social media influencers, and other interesting topics in the health and wellness space and beyond.


    In this podcast we discuss:

    01:51 - Limb lengths and appendages regarding proper form

    04:47 - Working with clients with previous injuries

    09:22 - Strength and Mobility “influencers”

    11:08 - Ranges of motion | Contortion, mobility, and body types

    19:09 - Closing thoughts

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

FitLifestylist ,

Great content!

Love this podcast but the quality needs improvement! Maybe upgrade recording etc. equipment?!

sfempress ,

Thinking outside the box

If you are a movement geek, this podcast is for you! I have been through multiple trainings, but these guys will have you looking at movement through a different lens. There are a lot of systems out there, but this is the base of my coaching no matter what age. Plus, it helps that I can’t stop laughing!

12357897532 ,

Great podcast on exercise and mobility!

I am a really enjoying this new podcast! The hosts of this podcast are co-founders of their own mobility exercise program that uses these crazy flexible sticks to help you stretch. It’s super intriguing and I can’t wait to get my own set of sticks so I can try it! Since turning 30 I’ve been trying to find ways to help myself not lose any of my mobility as I get older, especially since I started working a 9-5 desk job, and this program is perfect! I really liked getting some background information on their company and hearing the reasons behind why they started it! Can’t wait for the next episode!

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