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About Jenn Pilotti

Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master's in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients. She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement. Learn more about Jenn Pilotti.

The First Systematic Review on Eccentric vs Concentric Training and Muscle Strength

What’s This Research About? Is eccentric training better for building strength? Previous research suggests eccentric muscle actions differ from concentric muscle actions. Mechanically, eccentric muscle contraction leads to greater force production when compared to concentric muscle contractions. This preliminary research has lead researchers to speculate that eccentric resistance training could stimulate greater [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:59:35+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Comparison of Four Hamstring Stretches

What’s This Research About? What’s the best hamstring stretch? It’s never that easy! Even though we believe flexibility is beneficial for athletic performance and for general well-being, there isn’t much research that proves its effectiveness. In addition, knowing which stretching technique is the best to improve flexibility is up for debate. This study [...]

By | 2017-12-11T22:01:11+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments

Eccentric Training and Lower Limb Flexibility

What’s This Research About? While passive stretching interventions increase flexibility for short periods of time (about 30 minutes), they do not appear to decrease risk of injury. Lower limb injuries are common in athletes. A few of the contributing factors can’t be changed, such as age, gender and previous injury history. However, [...]

By | 2017-11-06T16:02:15+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|2 Comments

Yoga for Shoulder and Spinal Movement in Women with Breast Cancer

What’s This Research About? This pilot study evaluates the effects of an eight-week yoga program on the upper body of women with stage one BCRL. BCRL can cause loss of shoulder ROM, strength, and altered biomechanics of the shoulder girdle. These biomechanical changes can lead to difficulty with activities of daily living [...]

By | 2017-11-03T07:35:37+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Restorative Yoga Vs. Stretching on Stress in People with Metabolic Syndrome

What’s This Research About? Researchers wanted to see if restorative yoga was effective at increasing the relaxation response enough to reduce stress, decrease cortisol, and improve psychosocial outcomes. They compare the effects of restorative yoga to stretching. It’s tempting to assume that restorative yoga would have a greater impact on stress levels.  [...]

By | 2017-11-03T07:36:13+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Conditions, Stretching, Yoga Methods|3 Comments

Proprioception in Arthritic Hips

What’s This Research About? This type of research gives us a better glimpse into how proprioception and movement work, and how they’re altered by mechanical changes. The purpose of this study is first to determine the existence of mechanoreceptors and free nerve endings in the hip joint and to distinguish between their [...]

By | 2017-08-22T16:25:46+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Conditions|0 Comments

Hamstring Rehabilitation

What’s This Research About? This study examines whether or not a progressive eccentric strengthening program is effective for hamstring strain rehabilitation. Was isometric knee flexion strength restored (compared to the other side)? Was the angle-torque relationship restored relative to the other side or did it cause a rightward shift in the length-tension relationship? [...]

By | 2017-08-08T11:10:26+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Musculoskeletal|0 Comments

Stretching vs Motor Control Exercises for Low Back Pain

What’s This Research About? This study investigates the effectiveness of a 6 week Stretching Exercise (SE) intervention vs. Motor Control Exercise (MCE) intervention on reducing compensatory pelvic motion during active prone knee flexion (APKF) and low back pain intensity. Previous studies suggest a potential cause for compensatory anterior pelvic tilt is increased [...]

By | 2017-07-01T03:34:55+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Conditions, Stretching|0 Comments

How Ankle ROM Affects the Knee and Hip

What’s This Research About? This study examines the relationship between ankle dorsiflexioin (DF) and Range of Motion (ROM) on hip and knee kinematics during a lateral (sideways) step-down task. In other words, how does the ankle affect the hip? Stepping down is considered a functional task; very few studies have looked at [...]

By | 2017-11-27T21:13:51+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Musculoskeletal|0 Comments

Aging and Learning New Complex Tasks

What’s This Research About? To determine whether older adults benefit from random order practice or blocked practice when learning a complex, bimanual task. Retention of a learned skill is affected by how we practice. Older adults may experience a loss of performance levels during various motor tasks; in order to regain those [...]

By | 2017-06-07T21:08:54+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Motor Learning|0 Comments