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Lee Snider

Feb 6, 2023

I'll get straight to the point.

Of the many, many, many mistakes I have made over the years in the fitness industry - always kept them to minor ones - here are the ones that have taught me the most:

1) I favoured the oh - so - glorifying Squats and Deadlifts above all else

2) I ignored very clear warning signs from my body

3) I stopped moving for a year and a half due to pain and discomfort

And a 4th, because admitting mistakes is hard and when you're on a roll...

4) I didn't find the right movement professional.


1) I learned that all my heavy deadlifts and barbell squats, made me really deconditioned to working on 1 leg, which is how we walk and run. I naturally became challenged and inefficient at both of these things. I also realized that these exercises compressed the sh*t out of my spine which perpetuated a posture that was far from being able to rotate efficiently which, again, we need to do when we walk and run. I corrected simply by implementing better ways to train to move like a human.

2) Ankle pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, severe sciatic pain, back pain..these were my body's warning signs. I ignored them for years and pushed through. Don't. Listen to your body, it's an unbelievable piece of machinery that is equipped with very adequate warning systems.

I've since become very in tune with my body and pay attention to any and all signals. Through a diligent meditation practice, I have become very self aware and have a great sense of body positioning through movement, as well as stress levels. I owed this to my body after the years of neglect.

3) I corrected this by moving again and by learning that you can't "physio" your way out of bad movement patterns and posture! Unless of course, this is what I was working on. I wasn't. But I did get a lot of momentary symptom relief! I learned that to eliminate the pain and discomfort, we must correct movement by undoing bad posture and patterns, and by retraining the body to move more in tune to the way it was designed .

4) Find a practitioner that wants to work WITH you on your goals and not ON your symptoms.

That's it.

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