Apr 16


Back Spasm Tame Tiger Woods Pulls out of Arnold Palmer Invitation BayHillTiger Woods pulls out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to back spasms. This is not the first time Tiger has needed to pull out of a major tournament due to injury.  Injuries in sports seem to be commonplace these days. There was a time in professional sports when athletes were not getting injured so often.  Some say that it is the training methods that are currently being incorporated, and some say that it is the food we are eating. Many comment on the psychology of today’s athletes. 

  Maybe it is a combination of all the above. We have the greatest level of technology that we’ve ever had as far as creating fitness and yet the highest level of injury that we’ve ever had and something is wrong! Maybe we’re over thinking and over training?  Maybe we’re just becoming weak due to our luxury lifestyles.  During an interview with Gary Player and A.J. Ali of Wellness 101 TV, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Gary was talking about the state of fitness as well as the differences between young players today and the players of the past.  Many of the luxuries that we have the opportunity to take advantage of today were not around in days of old.  Players then did not have private jets to fly from tournament to tournament; they would take the Greyhound instead.  They did not have groomsmen making sure the courses were perfect, and they definitely did not have the equipment that we have today. When players were not in season, other than the training they do, they were on the farm:  tilling the land, bailing the hay, going to war, and living an active life.  There was not the opportunity to spend every day in training just for the sport. 

 Gary commented that Ben Hogan, if given the equipment and field conditions today, would most likely beat any current player simply due to the difference in lifestyle.   He spoke about a player who had to leave to fight in a war for 5 years, come back, and miss another 3 years due to an accident.  Who in today’s game would be able to miss 8 years of their career in the prime of their life? 

 We definitely have a difference in mental fortitude compared with the players of old.  Let’s look at the way we eat and train.  Today, we are inundated with the latest greatest crazes in fitness and nutrition.  The availability of information due to media and the internet has left us with a haze of the newest latest greatest miraculous foods and exercise protocols.  Turn on the TV late at night and you see P90X, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Workout, Zumba, Richard Simmons (still around after all these years), and more and more…  Check out Golf exercise training programs and there are just as many thoughts on fitness as there are people creating the videos to sell you. 

 So here we are with all of this technology and yet we are still plagued with injuries in our sports.  Tiger Woods, with his resources and dedication to this sport, should never have to miss a tournament because of injury unless getting into a severe accident.  There is nothing in this sport that cannot be trained for.  So where have we disconnected our thinking and methodology? 

 Going back to basics can be the most difficult stretch for an elite athlete to make.  Remembering the things we do naturally as a child.  I watch my 4 month old baby stretch about a hundred times per day: every time he wakes up, goes to sleep, finishes eating, is finished being played with, is in the middle of being played with, gets put into a seat etc.  He is a stretch-a-holic and he does so absolutely without thought and without technique.  When was the last time you stretched out your entire body without any technique, just like a baby or a cat?  When was the last time you woke up and with your eyes still closed you wiggled around in bed stretching your arms and legs, arching your back and feet, breathing so deeply that your body began to tingle with oxygen?  For most of you, the answer is “I dunno.” 

Athletes who wish to remain healthy, vibrant players while avoiding the pitfalls and tragedies of the majority of injuries that are very preventable, you will read this and take it in and start your own stretching and flexibility plan.  You can connect to my article, (Is it such a Stretch to become Flexible?) if you would love some wonderful insight into techniques.  If you begin with the basics and implement them daily in your life, you will absolutely feel and see a difference in both your game and your life.   


 Ari Gronich is highly trained and certified in many disciplines within the fields of bodywork, emotional release, energy work, nutrition, sports hypnotherapy, health, and kinesiology and sports therapy. For the last 17 years, he has helped transform his client’s bodies and lives through increased performance, enhancing physical, mental and emotional health.

To work with Ari, or for a Consultation Appointment you can email performancetherapist@gmail.com or call

310-363-0FIT (0348) or visit him at:  http://www.performancetherapist.com

Jun 06

The Blind Spots of Athletic Training

An Athletes Entourage and the need for collaboration in Injury Prevention Rehabilitation & Elite Athletic Training

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”
John Donne

 David Oliver Beijing Olympics

I spent the day today in an Elite Athlete Training Gym.  I was watching, in this case, high school athletes training hard, and the personal trainers working to improve the functional movement, speed, and agility of these athletes.  As I was watching, I kept seeing the details that were being missed by the trainers, and the lack of knowledge from the young athletes that they were doing anything that might be a cause for future injury.  One of the athletes had her left hip turned slightly outward.  Another athlete was compensating for a lack in torso rotation.  This minutia is what makes the difference in many cases between world record and bronze or even injury.

It came to me at that moment that everyone has blind spots.  Everyone has areas of expertise and areas where they just don’t see.  Especially in group settings, it is difficult to see all the details and minutia that are happening in your athlete’s bodies.  Where are they compensating, where are they strong or weak or unbalanced etc.?  I remember doing a group stretching for my stepson’s soccer team and, as my wife was watching, she caught the details that I couldn’t see because I was at that moment looking at the bigger picture instead of scrutinizing the details. 

This is why it is so important to collaborate.  To join forces with others in our field who know more than we do in some areas and are learning from us in other areas.  Any athlete that is looking for status as one of the Elite, as a Tier 1 Sponsored or paid Professional Athlete, needs an entourage of trainers who collaborate to weed out every minute weakness, compensation, or limitation.  The goal of any athlete is to perform at and beyond peak performance while maintaining a healthy body free from injury so that he/she can continually perform well into the future constantly improving and exceeding his/her own expectations.  This should also be the goal of that athlete’s entourage.  A trainer or sports therapist’s ego can be the death of that athlete’s career.  I have seen so many trainers dismiss other modalities and other trainers who had a different take on training than they did themselves.  I have seen those athletes with constant injuries and setbacks regardless of how hard they work and train. 

If we want our athletes to perform at the highest level they possibly can and beyond, we must leave room for the expertise and talents of others.

I have a very extensive background and utilize a multitude of training techniques.  I have been trained by some of the top schools and trainers in the world, and have worked with some of the most amazing athletes.  My expertise, the area in which I have absolutely mastered, is in injury prevention and rehabilitation with a special emphasis in returning an athlete to not only 100%, but to a level never imagined in power, flexibility, and core strength.  What I have not mastered are the aspects of training that involve sport specific techniques or the daily activity of sport training.  I am the guy that you bring in to look at the tapes who will find the minutia of weakness and compensation.  I need good trainers, top athletes who work hard, and coaches who know the sport inside and out.  I need a team to work with, and so does every athlete and every trainer and every therapist.  We all need to have someone else that can see our blind spots and point those areas out.  Time for ego to be set aside so that the purpose we seek is met with humility and collaboration.  This is the next evolution for the Elite Athlete of the Future.  An Athlete’s Entourage!!!

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Vince Lombardi

 Ari Gronich is highly trained and certified in many disciplines within the fields of bodywork, emotional release, energy work, nutrition, sports hypnotherapy, health, and kinesiology and sports therapy. For the last 17 years, he has helped transform his client’s bodies and lives through increased performance, enhancing physical, mental and emotional health.

To work with Ari, or for a Consultation Appointment you can email performancetherapist@gmail.com or call

310-363-0FIT (0348) or visit him at:  http://www.performancetherapist.com


Mar 23

What is Performance Therapy Anyway

So What is Performance Therapy ANYWAY!!

Performance Therapy is a three-pronged approach to your body as it relates to your sport. It incorporates the treatment and prevention of injury along with improving performance. It is unique in that our approach incorporates a holistic view of soft tissue damage and its effects on the entire moving system of your body. We look at joints, ligaments, tendons, muscle bellies, balancing muscles, core strength, and much more to develop these complete, and yet individualized, programs for each person.

In this particular blog, I want to share with you some ways in which YOU as an individual can take a proactive step in your own Injury Prevention and Pain Relief as well as increase your performance. Things you can expect to get out of this blog include:

1. How to deal with a fresh injury

2. How to speed up your recovery time

3. A new approach to stretching that will GREATLY increase Injury Prevention

4. The Importance of Range of Motion and Flexibility Training

5. Building a powerful Core without ever doing sit ups again…

Written By: Ari Gronich

Mar 23

Fresh Injuries and the Proper use of Heat and Ice…

Situation: You just pulled a muscle in your calf and need to know the correct protocol for a quick recovery.

The standard treatment is known as R.I.C.E. which stands for:


I have a different method that produces much faster healing and recovery with the potential to come out of the injury with more flexibility and power than with the standard treatment.

The First Step is:

Ice and elevate your leg, preferably above your heart. This will allow for inflammation to go down and proper circulation back into the damaged area.

The difference comes in this Second Step:

While you are elevated, begin to flex your foot and calf muscles slowly. Hold the flex for 10-15 seconds or as long as you can. Push down into the ground; work the muscle tissue. Remember to do this slowly and with much care. What you will find is that through this working of the muscles you will end up pushing more of the fluid through the muscles thus decreasing inflammation and swelling and increasing your flexibility and mobility. The more intensely you can push through the pain, the more quickly you will recover.

The Third Step in this process is HEAT!!!

Heat is tricky and must be handled with care. It is with many years of seeing patients and working with dry heat and moist heat and all kinds of heat that I found what seems to work the most effectively: Steaming Heat from a Wet Hot Towel!!! It is truly that simple. Dry heat tends to add to inflammation and the seizing and cramping of muscles. Even moist heat, like from a hyrdrocolator, tends to increase muscle stiffness – especially when you take the heat away and the cool air closes in.

Take a towel and wet it with steamy hot water or put it in a plastic microwavable bag and heat it inside a microwave until it is steamy hot, then place that on the troubled area.

My experience is that because of the nature of steamy heat, it opens the pores of your skin and increases your body’s ability to draw out toxins while increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation.

Just a logical guess, but because the steam is PULLING up away from the skin, it is pulling more of the lactic acid to the surface and out of your skin bringing the damage closer to the surface and allowing for a more expedient recovery time.

In summary, for those of you who do not like 4 letter words, the new MUCH better method I recommend is:

Flex with resistance
Steamy heat

I am off to the Infrared Sauna

’Till Next Time

Written By Ari Gronich

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