Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Electromyographic Analysis of Abdominal and Low Back Muscle Activity During Core Exercises Performed Conventially and Using a Portable Training Device

K. Sell, J. Ghigiarelli, J. Kitsos, S. Pletz, K. Lengel, N. D’Agostino

The benefits associated with strength training for the abdominal and low back musculature are well established. Commercially available abdominal training devices are common features within exercise facilities, however there is considerable debate over the efficacy of such devices to elicit abdominal muscle recruitment and activation greater than conventional modalities. 

National Strength and Conditioning National Conference
Lee Brandon, CSCS with Research Doctors from Hofstra University
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the abdominal and low back muscle activation generated ruing common abdominal exercises using an abdominal device [the AB-Inforcer, (AI) and a conventional exercise mat (MT)}.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


This young woman contacted us for a core training routine after she had been told by her Doctors and Neurologist that if she did not start strength training, she would be in a wheel chair or walking with a walker in 6 months. Below is her video story as documented by her team of Doctors using the UPDRS Parkinson's test. She is now back out golfing! She is a champion and an inspiration to us all!

PLEASE, Help us find researchers interested in "Gait and Balance Studies."  Contact information is below to confirm what you see here.

LeeAnn L.:  Age 42

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2000 at the age of 36

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Get The Most Out of Your ABdominal Workouts

ab-inforcer, abenforcer, exercise, food coach

July 2nd, 2010: LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Sit-ups and crunches are great ways to workout abdominal muscles, but if you're doing them wrong, you're wasting your time.
At first glance, it appears to be something you'd order on late night TV, yet the AB-Inforcer might surprise you. It claims to guide your movements so you're not wasting your time in the gym.
"It's a generic orthotic for the spine and it uses light, sound and vibration to let you know if you're doing your core exercises properly," explained Lee Brandon, the creator of the AB-Inforcer.
Brandon says it can stretch, strengthen and rehabilitate your body's core using sensory cues.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010




"Come out and visit, and see what FITNESS PROFESSIONALS are raving about", Lori Corbin, Channel 7, Eyewitness news.

A. Saturday, May 15, 2010: US Health Works Out Patient Clinics directly affiliated with the largest Workman's Comp program for bad backs in the state of California has invited me to speak to Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire teams.

a. Details below:

i. We will have the rare opportunity to be trained by Lee Brandon - a well known Strength and Conditioning Coach and Trainer to the NFL, as well as to a list of elite athletes and actors. She also happens to be the inventor of the Ab-inforcer, and one who uses it regularly as part of her overall training regime. We will have a chance to learn new and different ways of using the Ab-inforcer in all aspects of our rehabilitation, and to become more effective in our approach to treatment of the injured worker. The course will be a condensed, hands-on instructional and training that will be completed in 2 hours on Saturday, May 15, 2010. We will be having 2 sessions: 9-11 am - at the Commerce USHW Center Therapy Department located at 3430 S. Garfield Avenue, Commerce, CA 90440. 12-2 pm - at the North Ontario USHW Center Therapy Department located at 3200 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91761

ii. The course is going to be for every one of the PT’s, PTA’s, and Chiropractors, and we strongly advise ALL to be present. I would like ALL of you to bring your center AB-Inforcers with you to enable the lab portion of the course to be possible. Please let me know ASAP via e-mail which one of the locations you will be able to attend to afford me enough time to make appropriate accommodations. I expect ALL to arrive promptly, on time, so that we will begin and end on schedule. See you there. Director of Therapy Services, LA/OC/IE U.S. Healthworks Medical Group

B. Saturday, July 10th, 2010: Birmingham Alabama.

Encore Sports Medicine Symposium http://www.encoresms.com/

JULY 8-10, 2010


Earn up to 21 CEUs


NATA Approved

More than fifteen "Topnotch" Speakers presenting the latest concepts in Physical Therapy technology

Encore Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

is proud to announce its Sports Medicine Symposium for 2010. It will held on July 8th, 9th and 10th at the beautiful Birmingham Marriott in Birmingham, Alabama. More than fifteen presenters, from all over the country,

will speak on the latest technologies and concepts in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. Courses will focus on subjects including new assessment capabilities, preventative measures and emergent rehabilitative techniques.

This Symposium has been designed and crafted for Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Ortho Technicians. Participants may choose to attend one, two, or three days. Up to 21 CEUs may be earned.


Birmingham Marriott

3590 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama


Special Symposium rate - $129 plus tax

Pricing is good July 6-11, 2010. Limited rooms.

Mention “Encore Symposium”. Make reservations online www.birminghammarriott.com with

code “essessa”. Located conveniently just off of I-459, Birmingham Marriott is minutes away

from Birmingham’s major attractions, fine dining, and shopping.

Encore Sports Medicine Symposium Presenters:

Amy Bennett, PT, GCMT, MCTA, Bennett Physical Therapy, Ohio

Ross Brakeville, PT, DPT, STC, TRI-CP, Co-owner, Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Institute, Georgia

Lee Brandon, CSCS, AB-vanced NEU-Spine Technologies, LLC, California

Lyle Cain, MD, Andrews Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center, Alabama

Margo Cox, PT, OCS, Atrium Medical Center, Ohio

Marshall Crowther, MD, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama

Jeff Dugas, MD, Andrews Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center, Alabama

Michael Ellerbusch, MD, Southlake Orthopaedics Sports Medicine and

Spine Center, Alabama

Benton Embolm, MD, Andrews Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Alabama

William P. Garth, MD, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama

Eric Grantham, CSCS, University of Alabama, Alabama

Glenda Keys, PT, Director and CEO of Key Assessments, Inc., California

Alan M. Lafky, MA, PT, OCS, Jones Institute, Arizona

Kris Million, OT, Alabama

Steve Milliron, PT, ATC, LAT, Encore Rehabilitation, Inc, Alabama

Heather Morse, ATC, OTC, DonJoy, Alabama

Robb Rogers, MEd., CSCS, MCSS, St. Vincent’s Sports Performance, Colorado

Rosemary Schrauth, OT, KTP, KTI, Cedar Community, Wisconsin

Jason Soncrant, PT, OCS, CSCS, Orthopedic Clinic, Ohio

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

10:15 – 11:45 Main Lecture Lee Brandon, CSCS

“Spinal Triangulation: Spinal Sparing Techniques for



1) Provide the most current training methods based by science

And cutting-edge knowledge in the field of fitness and sports

Performance training.

2) Enhance the practical skills and application for a functionally

Integrated training program.

3) Teach Progressions that can be used to hasten results and

Inspire patients/athletes to long-term healthy habits.

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch (On Own)

1:00 – 3:00 Breakout Session – Lee Brandon, CSCS

“Spinal Triangulation: Spinal Sparing Techniques for Performance” (LAB)


1) Provide a hands-on series of techniques and protocols that provide solutions to Postural Awareness Deficits and Core Strength Imbalances.

2) Demonstrate accepted form techniques for progressive functional performance in a sequence of simple to complex protocols.

3) Show correct form and educate ideal postural setup prior to loading.

4) Identify and evaluate postural and muscular imbalances

5) Show techniques to strengthen poor coordination patterns before loading.

6) Provide feedback methods to track patient improvements.


7/16/2010 : 4:00pm

Lee Brandon, CSCS

Hollowing vs. Bracing Abs for Performance

"What is the Best Training Strategy to produce dynamic core stabilization? For the past several years, fitness experts have rigorously debated about the best training strategy to produce dynamic core stabilization for strength, endurance, and performance. Experts in strength and conditioning, Pilates, personal training, Yoga and martial arts each have their own system or school of thought in which they believe teaches the necessary skills for optimal strengthening and stabilization of the spinal musculature. Even the latest research can sometimes be confusing or seemingly conflicting. In this or presentation, Lee will discuss some of the latest research on dynamic core stabilization and the theory behind some of these conflicting schools of thought. She will provide an opportunity to explore how these core training principles may or may not apply to the broad range of athletes and clients you see each day. This discussion will focus on whether “hollowing” or “bracing” is a “spine-sparing” strategy and which Core Stabilizing techniques can be incorporated for maximum improvement in function and performance."

D. http://www.usantc.com/index.htm

July 19th, 2010 Monday 12-2 PM: National Training Center

South Lake Hospital and Orlando Health Hospitals in Florida.

In-Service to Health care practitioners and PT’s, PTA’s and Strength coaches and Occupational Therapy staff at 7 hospitals have been invited to see how to use the AB-Inforcer as a tool in their arsenal inside their clinics.