The Spine – How it Works, What Can Go Wrong, and How to Make it Stronger

Our backs are amazing, complex structures.

The spine alone houses the spinal cord and nerves that control our every movement and process the sensations that allow us to connect with the world around us. It’s also part of a system that both absorbs and distributes force, such as lifting and carrying loads through our shoulders and arms, while our legs move us around.


How to keep your spine healthy, strong, and flexible


In order to accomplish the many tasks it’s supposed to, the back has to be flexible enough to move in every direction, while remaining rigid enough to transfer heavy loads through our arms and legs, whether we are sitting, standing, or lying down.

We don’t really think too much of it until things start to hurt. Then it becomes very apparent how much the joints, ligaments, and muscles of our spine are used in pretty much everything we do our daily activities.

In this post, we’ll shed some light on this complicated structure, to give you insight into what our backs are capable of, what can happen when things go wrong, and how to maintain and improve your back flexibility for improved performance, both in recreational activities and in daily life.

The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #49] – Breathe, Dammit!

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It may seem obvious, but breathing is really important, and the proper way to breathe during various activities is often underestimated or overlooked. Ryan recently posted a video with a little tip for maintaining even breathing during training, but this episode of the GMB Fitness Skills Show provides a more detailed explanation of various breathing techniques….

A Case for Competition – Strategies for Engaging in Healthy Competition

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In today’s brave new world where everyone gets a trophy for participating, and keeping score is deemed vulgar, competition seems to be such a dirty word. Perhaps there are some good reasons for that. Nobody likes that hypercompetitive boor who takes things too seriously and is a poor sport at winning and losing. And who…

The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #48] – Climbing On Everything

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Recently, we’ve posted a couple of articles and videos on climbing, and there’s a good reason for that. Climbing is a great activity for building total body strength and mental acuity, and Ryan is just a little obsessed with it. But that doesn’t mean we’re claiming to be climbing experts and getting ready to release Climbing…

How to Do a Perfect Cartwheel – Preparation, Technique, and Programming

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The cartwheel may not be the sexiest skill out there, but can you do one anyway? If you can’t, or if it doesn’t look as pretty as it could, then you’ll benefit from learning how to do one well and with grace. Though often overlooked for flips and other tricks, the cartwheel is a foundational…