Review of The Movement Fix Workshop (with videos from the course)

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending The Movement Fix Workshop taught by Ryan DeBell himself.  For those of you that are not familiar with The Movement Fix, Ryan wrote a very relevant,
ground breaking article, The Best Kept Secret: Why People HAVE to Squat Differently , that has been shared almost 26,000 times!  That’s pretty impressive.  Since reading the article I’ve been following him on social media and when I saw he was bringing his workshop to my neck of the woods, Vancouver, Canada, I jumped at the chance to take the course (I think I was the first one to register).

Being somewhat of a continuing education junkie, which my friend David Leyland can attribute to, I was looking forward to being able to get some useful assessment tools to use with the athletes, cross fitters, and general population that I treat as a physiotherapist.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Here are the highlights from the workshop:

  • Ryan’s a funny guy!  Yes, I know, maybe not relevant to the course material but when you’re in a workshop from 9-5 it helps if the presenter is entertaining.
  • He does a excellent job of explaining how many injuries happen in a way that is relevant to therapists, coaches, and athletes.
  • He explains the modern concept of…breathing!  Seems simple but if you haven’t been exposed to the idea of abdominal bracing Ryan does a great job of explaining it, teaching it, and implementing it into lifting and everyday life activities.
  • He teaches a very practical screen to determine if you, a patient or an athlete is ready to deadlift.  This was by far one of the most important takeaways and Ryan provides regressions, tips, and cues if one does not pass the “test” to deadlift.

Assessing hip mobility - by Ryan DeBell of The Movement Fix

Note: Learning how to deadlift is not only applicable to weight training movements.  Anytime you sit down and stand up you do a variation of a deadlift.  If this movement is done improperly it could be putting more stress on your lower back (lumbar spine) instead of using your hips.


  • Assessing squat technique.  This was a big part of the workshop as many components go into a squat, i.e. hips, knees, ankles, and mobility and motor control.  Many of the points in Ryan’s article mentioned above made it into this section of the workshop.

    Inner Thigh length for squatting

  • How to screen for overhead lifting techniques.  Many coaches, therapists, and strength coaches agree the number one area to get injured in lifting and crossfit is the shoulders.  Ryan provides qualifying tests to determine if you or your athlete/patient has the necessary mobility to perform overhead lifting movements and corrections if one does not.
  • And, very importantly…he provides an evidence based explanation for why certain exercise movements may put extra stress on one’s lower back.  He give alternatives to these movements to increase an athlete’s longevity in sport

Conclusion: I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend taking it!

To find out more about this course, click The Movement Fix Workshop .
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