Jason F. with Kelly Starrett, the mobility man himself
Notes from Jason Fidler, D.C.: Moving Smart and Increasing Performance
If the word “chiropractor” conjures for you images of the sedentary back cracking, once a week for the rest of your life, it’s because you haven’t met me. I am a chiropractor whose focus is on fixing biomechanics (the way you move), particularly in those who experience physical pain above and beyond the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) associated with workout recovery. The benefits of a chiropractor are not just for those with back pain, but for anyone that has experienced a sports-related injury.
What differentiates me from typical chiropractors and physical therapists is my integration of Selective Functional Movement Assessment. The SFMA is a diagnostic tool that measures fundamental patterns of movement, such as squatting, bending, overhead positions, etc., in those with musculoskeletal pain. The screening teases out where you are not moving well and directs appropriate treatment towards that region. It is highly effective because it addresses the root of the problem: lack of mobility and/or dysfunctional motor patterns. Thus, I can craft the best personal treatment plan for each patient. Nothing here is cookie cutter. Because 90 percent of the treatment plan is reaching the right diagnosis, I’ll look at your life holistically: where and how you work, your at-rest posture, and everything in between.
So what will treatments look like? The first appointment lasts about an hour, and gives me the chance to take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam. Follow-up visits are normally 20-40 minutes. If we are dealing with a mobility issue, then the treatment is geared towards removing locked-up joints and tissues with gentle adjustments and manual therapies, and enhanced instruction on using mobility protocols you associate with active recovery class and MobilityWOD. When some people think of chiropractors, they think of bone popping and back pain, but motor control issues are different. Corrective exercises are utilized to restore functional movement patterns. After all appointments, you are given a report along with a set of home instructions, often supplemented with pictures and/or video, detailing how to perform the exercises.
One of the great things about working out of CFSBK is that I can communicate with the coaches to co-manage your treatment. The quality of coaching at this CrossFit box is topnotch. Our coaches offer excellent instruction to help improve your performance, remove inefficiencies, and provide other helpful recommendations. What they can’t do is provide a diagnosis—something that falls within the scope of an orthopedist, physical therapist, or chiropractor. Should you present with something beyond the scope of my expertise, I can refer you to someone in my network of high-level practitioners (massage therapist, running coach, physiatrist, to name a few). After receiving a working diagnosis, you will spend less time in the doctor’s office and more in the gym, correcting the issue under supervision of an informed coach.
Remember: while some chiropractors want to see you endlessly, I work to see you less and teach you how to take care of your body. By unraveling subtle dysfunctions in how you move throughout the day, we will get you better and returned to play as fast as possible.
Visit me in CFSBK’s annex space during my office hours (by appointment only), on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 1-4pm. Schedule an appointment at FidlerDC [at] gmail.com, or by calling 718.858.4360. Find more information, as well as rates and insurance, at MovementEqualsLife.com.
Let’s move better, and work this pain away!
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Fitness: Halting Snatch Deadlift + Snatch
If you have a difficult time pulling from the floor, then perform the Snatch from the mid hang after the deadlift.
1) Snatch 1-1-1
2) Snatch 70% x 2 x 2
Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Start at a weight that allows you to make jumps for the next five weeks.
Performance: 70% x 8 x 4
Rest less than two minutes between sets. Use 105% of the 1RM you used for last cycle.
If anybody is interested, I got 3 tickets for the War on Drugs concert at the Northside Festival. Starts tonight at 7pm. If anybody wants them please let me know.
ariel c says
wow great write up. i DID think of chiropractors that way, and am happy to learn more about what you really do, jason.
looking forward to strength cycle tonight. have i mentioned that i intensely love strength cycle?
I'm with Ariel! Strength cycle really does rock. I love my awesome cycle A'ers but gotta also shout out the badass B's of cycle b (and fellas) for welcoming me on Thursdays cause of my schedule conflicts! Thanks Jeremy for being so accommodating. #makinggainz
6am with Nick and Melissa
Did yesterday's Deadlift/Pushup combo platter. Got 5 reps into the round of 25 RX'd.
Between the warmup, the WOD and the cashout I was a sweaty mess. I even got a little nauseous. Summer is officially here.
I have my second appointment with Dr. Fidler tonight. If anyone out there has any nagging issues you should really consider seeing him. My shoulder has been barking for the past month or so and I am kicking myself for not dealing with it earlier. He gave me some great things to think about with regards to how I move, sit and stand in daily life.
Fitness version of the WOD
185# till the round of 15, and then slid the 25#s off and continued with 135#, 7 reps into the round of 25. It was a mess, my first CF group class in the past 3 weeks. The DLs felt strong, just that there was so much of them, jebus.
Make up from yesterday – 7:30 pm
Did the fitness WOD rx'd, and got 127 reps total (2 pushups into the round of 25). I broke the deadlifts into 5s right off the bat, so those felt strong right up until the end. Pushups, as usual with me, were the limiter. It took a little too long to get through the set of 20, I think. Fun, sweaty WOD, though!
Jumping on the train with Ariel and Bree: I cannot believe how much I love SC this time around.
I also cannot believe how much I want to eat immediately afterward, and how immediately after THAT I'm ready to sleep like the dead.
Last night on the platform was uh-may-zing. I can't even describe what a smug look I must have on my face this morning because I keep thinking to myself, "SETS OF SEVEN CHINUPS."
Michelle B. says
I'm joining the club too. I ♥♥♥ THE STRENGTH CYCLE! We need to make this a t-shirt.
Also mad hungry the day of and the day after, i.e. always.
If we could only get someone to hook us up with some good tunes! Come on McDowell pleeese…
I'm in LA for a wedding and Fathers' Day, so I dropped in at Crossfit 626 for a 630 class. We started with 4 rounds of 6 reps of tempo squats (3 count down, 2 count at the bottom, 1 count at the top, rinse, repeat). I went 95, 125, 155, 155. Those get pretty damn heavy after holding that squat for a couple of seconds.
The wod was 3 rds of 3 mins for a 200m run followed by amrap of 10 wall balls (20lb/10') and 10 pull-ups (which I did as jumping pull-ups), with 3 mins rest between. I hit 42 reps, 42 reps, and 43 reps. Now I'm going to eat my weight in tacos, hit the LA Zoo with the kids, then watch a little World Cup. I kinda hate LA, but that's not too shabby a day.
Strength Cycle Week 3 Day 2
500m warm-up row because it was already hella warm.
45 x 10
95 x 5
135 x 4
150 x 2
165 x 3 x 3 – paused squats.
Paused squats are so strange because the bar feels so light when you walk it out and going down and then you feel like you might get stuck. However this weight moved well and it was a good reminder of the correct positions I need to be in, and I needed a break mentally from the really heavy squats, so thanks Jeremy for that. Looking forward to being fresher and ready for some heavy squats on Sunday.
45 x 5
75 x 4
90 x 2
100 x 5 x 3
Dare I say it? This felt good- so much better than last cycle. I may even hit a PR this cycle as long as I keep on top of the shoulder mobility stuff.
3 x 5! Then a set of 4. I came SO close to getting the fifth rep on the last set, but gave up with my nose almost touching the bar. Frustrating BUT I am really happy that they are coming back.
Stella was amazing with her sets of 7.
1. Good description of working with with JFID
2. I had the herondale eggs and bacon for breakfast today! So happy I can buy eggs at the gym during the CSA Drop off. So goood!
3. Make up post from yesterday:
Afternoon Oly Class with Frank
Squat Clean: 90x1x7
Rack Jerk: 90x1x7
Worked on a smooth second pull for the cleans, getting low on my jerks. Was starting to burn out by Snatches so wasn't too well organized.
I considered making up "Diane" but decided to rest instead. Enjoy the day everyone!
It's good to see folks from strength cycle posting their workouts again. There was a period about 6 months ago where that seemed to have completely stopped….
I'm especially glad to see all the love for the strength cycle on display here. While I may not be *currently* hitting the iron under Jeremy's watchful eye at the most beloved gym in South Brooklyn, my heart is always there. You never forgot your first love after all. (Oh shit, that was NYSC, never mind that 😉
Anyway, hi everyone– lifting heavy with you in spirit…
Squat camp? Yes please.
Happy to help. Especially for those who have seen me in the past, my movement screen is always evolving and getting better.
RE: Herondale farm eggs
I never tasted eggs before I had those eggs! I'm a customer for life.
8am today with Noah and MeLo
Snatches: 95, 115, 135, 145, 155, 160(M)
160 would have been a PR: I got under it and had it over head but then I lost it behind me. 155 felt pretty light today. I think I can hit 165 this cycle.
Squats: 200 x 8 x 4
sweaty, but it all went up without any trouble
cashout: tabata 20kg kb swings with goblet squats during the "rest". I felt I should have gone heavier here.
Played on the jerk blocks tonight for the first time. Fells weird at first in there but it was nice to be able to bail for triples. Worked up to 215 x 3 x 5. Working on rapid redirection.
Last workout at CF Garden city for real
Clean pulls from blocks@110%