- Personal and professional changing experience. I say experience as it was not another seminar that you just come and go.
- Bill Hartman has created something special that will blow people’s mind.
- I wanted a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and I got that.
- There is a saying that you should never meet your mentor as they will disappoint you, but Bill Hartman was not that. He was very genuine and welcoming.
Take the blue pill and get to….
- “Come up with your own stuff, I’m just giving you principles” : Principles and concepts are more valuable than modalities in seeking continuing education
- Intent- execution- outcome
- Decisions start with intent
- There are two types of variability, 1) coordinate and 2) endpoint
- Heuristic III- place body in positions it struggles to achieve
- We need testing to understand how movement becomes limited
- Zac Cupples is not only a leader in the industry, he is also a great human being.
I highly recommend his seminar. See Link above for dates and locations.
“Nature does not find its members very helpful after their reproductive abilities are depleted… Nature prefers to let the game continue at the informational level, the genetic code. So organisms need to die for nature to be antifragile—Nature is opportunistic, ruthless, and selfish.”
Book Review Written by Jaymin Chang, ATC:
Recently, in the fitness industry, the importance of understanding complexity has been growing, and our overall understanding of stress has also improved. Fortunately, this has encouraged care providers to take a more holistic view with their clients and to incorporate a multi-disciplinary, client-centered approach. However, the pendulum never swings in moderation: with the emergence of terms like variability, the prescription of “reset exercises”
The Fragility Continuum
Overall, this book introduces an encompassing explanation of both organic and man-made complex systems and a possible mechanism that allows them to be adaptable. But as always, critical thinking is required to apply the book’s lessons appropriately, especially in terms of human development. Everybody has
- Domain Dependence: the inability to take higher level lessons in one domain, or area or category of activity and apply them in other domains
- For example, some doctors prescribe exercises to promote resilience, but also prescribe painkillers to reduce stress perception.
- Causal Opacity: difficulty of seeing cause to consequence when regarding complex systems
- “In the complex world, the notion of ‘cause’ itself is suspect; it is either nearly impossible to detect or not really defined.”
- Stress-testing a system using the worst cases in the past to estimates its resilience is problematic
- Lucretius Problem: the fool believes that the tallest mountain in the world will be equal to the tallest one has has observed
- Information is antifragile because “it feeds more on attempts to harm it than it does on efforts to promote it.”
- Therefore, types of information like reputation and fame should not be controlled. Caring less about it may give you more.
- “We know more than we think we do, a lot more than we can articulate.”
- “Most humans manage to squander their free time, as free time makes them dysfunctional, lazy, and unmotivated—the busier they get, the more active they are at other tasks. Overcompensation here again.”
- “Your body gets information about the environment not through your logical apparatus, your intelligence and ability to reason, compute, and calculate, but through stress, via hormones or other messengers we haven’t discovered yet.”
- Recovery allows stressors to do their jobs as messengers.
- “My mood, my sadness, my bouts of anxiety are a second source of intelligence—perhaps even the first source.”
Overall Score: 5.2/10
The book’s actual content gets a 1.2 for its premise and long-reaching examples, because the book fails to generate any strategies for becoming antifragile.
“What else is a legacy if not that which you leave behind after you have gone?”
James Kerr extracts lessons of leadership from The New Zealand All Blacks rugby club, which is considered the world’s most successful sporting team.
The structure of the book consists of a chapter directed toward a lesson in leadership, such as character. Kerr provides a brief explanation of why that lesson is important to the All Blacks organization, connects it to other successful organizations or individuals, then summarizes the chapter.
“Only by knowing yourself can you become an effective leader.” – Vince Lombardi
Okay I can get on board with that…
I consider this book ‘a reminder’. It’s a reminder to be conscious of your environment as you will be a product of it. The book is focused on creating the right environment for the right behaviors to occur.
Strength and success comes from creating a learning environment concerned with adaptive problem solving and continuous improvement (humility). Creating self-awareness is the answer.
I extracted components of the lessons to a collegiate environment in which coaches and staff have a major role and responsibility to develop athletes as people. There should be emphasis on individual/personal development and teaching young adults how to articulate themselves and start to understand who they are. Only then can a team truly exist. The players and team culture should be valued rather than obsessing about the results. There should be a focus on character over talent as there is a competitive advantage through cultural cohesion.
“No one person has all the answers, but asking questions challenges the status quo, helps connect with core values and beliefs, and is a catalyst for individual improvement.”
Leaders must provide a higher meaning. Purpose and meaning is everything.
Require people to write down their purpose and core values.
“Adaptation is not a reaction, but a systematic series of actions. It isn’t just reacting to what’s happening in the moment, it is being the agent of change.”
- We all need reminders.
- Do not expect things to be handed to you. Humility is required to be a leader. “Sweep the floor” analogy. Entitled players hinder your chance for change.
- Create the highest possible operating standards. Structure a learning system and make strateges. The challenge is always bringing value-words to life, such as integrity, responsibility, and collaboration.
- Real Leaders Create Leaders. Identify qualities in others and help them succeed.
- Create a ripple effect
- Leave something in a better state than when you started
- Humans can’t exist in isolation, we need connection
- Don’t make people feel inferior, build people up and bring people together
- Your legacy is what you teach
- 5. Find Solutions. Problem solving techniques are important.
- 6. Embrace expectations. There is a difference between fear of feedback or failure and harnessing that fear to positive effect.
- 7. Learn how to think, not what to think. Constantly question. Practice with intensity and problem solving. Think for yourself.
- 8. In order to make a change their must be a plan: A Case for Change, A Compelling Picture of the Future, A Sustainable Capability to Change, and A credible Plan to Execute. There is a cyclical process of peaks and valleys to organizational cultures.
“Our social footprint is the impact our life has – or can have – on other lives.”
…To me this is probably what the purpose of coaching, sport – and/or – life is.
Overall Score: 4.0/10
I am just not a big fan of ‘inspirational books’ that are a bit over dramatic. My biggest pet peeve is when a 200 page book could be a 50 page book and just contains too much filler. I extracted a few good reminders relating to leadership and personal development that I will apply to coaching. However, I need to know the why; why these skill are important in relation to a transcendent goal and the book does not provide that. The last 4 chapters were also unnecessary and did not provide any value.
If you want to learn how to understand yourself, others, and explore human psychology, nothing is better than Jordan Peterson’s Maps of Meaning: Architecture of belief Course
Up next: we shall see…
“A book is like a portrait as opposed to a photograph. A portrait is something that you layer on and layer on in which there is still this single image but there is a depth to it. A book allows you to think and then rethink.” -Dr. Jordan Peterson
Welcome to my first Book Review.
Lucifer’s Legacy: The meaning of asymmetry. By Frank Close Oxford University Press Inc., New York, NY. (2000)
This book was recommended to me by Michael Mullin.
It opens with the line, “The world is an asymmetrical place full of asymmetrical beings.”
We tend to try to make things simply: “We are asymmetrical because our liver is on the right and our heart is on the left.”
Sure. Why though?
This book allows you to explore and appreciate complexity:
Why is our heart left oriented?
Each amino acid has a left (L-type/’laevo’) or right (D-type/’dexter’) asymmetric form (mirror images of one another) and chains of amino acids will twist in a direction. Left or right asymmetry in an amino acid is determined by how the molecules will rotate polarized LIGHT.
There is a natural selection of left handed amino acids; life on earth almost exclusively uses the left handed form. Left handed amino acids were discovered on the Murchison meteorite indicating they may have arisen from outer space. Left handed amino acids have lower energies and are more stable. Nature tends to seek the states of lowest energy.
The asymmetrical shapes of molecules force the DNA to be twisted or coiled. Spirals link the resulting right-handed DNA double helix. DNA is the perspective of which life is based on.
A preferred handedness in molecules is necessary for the origin of sustained life and the formation of our solar system.
…So why again is the heart oriented left?
Left handed amino acids power Monocilia on Henson’s Node that have a greater concentration of specialized proteins on the left which ONLY push fluid in one direction. Clockwise: right to left. These specialized proteins during embryo development create asymmetrical orientation of the heart.
Yeah. Let’s go.
If you’re going to read this book be ready for some physics. Frank Close will explore mirror images, the structure of the atom, forces (gravity, electromagnetic, weak, strong), particle physics, antimatter, chiral asymmetries in molecules, and hidden symmetry. The last few chapters explore how the origin of life is currently being investigated at the European Centre for Particle Physics CERN in Geneva, in relation to the loss of symmetry in the early moments of the universe; the singular occurrence of the Big Bang.
Close also explores right-handed dominance in prehistoric peoples and asymmetries of the brain linked to handedness. Beginning in Chapter 5, Close details scientific, Nobel Prize awarding discoveries including X-rays, Cathode rays, and types of radiation. The last few chapters of the book mostly discuss the experiments of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN related to ‘Higgs’ field’.
Creativity is a right-brain activity. How people differ in brain structures and in what ways in which this influences personality and language is questioned.
- Right brain crosses over to left side of body so maybe stimulate the left side of the body?
Prediction is the real test of a theory. Processing each and every piece of sensory input is too energy consuming and inefficient.
- Maybe we don’t just react in response to input…we predict.
Antimatter was explored in relation to the current theory of Creation: The perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter was lost forever and a small proportion of the matter was left over (this is the Big Bang) to form us and everything around us as far as we can see.
Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Our eyes respond only to a very small part of the whole electromagnetic spectrum; but the whole of the spectrum is alive.
- Is what you see the only thing there?
Perception. What is reality? There are things that our subjective senses can not detect, so do they exist? “Our view of the history of science is the building of machines to extend our perceptions…Modern natural philosophers would claim that these are no less real (and no more?) than the subjective perceptions formed with our unaided five senses. They are but the current extremes on a continuum of experience.”
- Perception is in relation to the continuum of experience…I like that.
“Scientists will continue to improve measurements; some day perhaps this will explore patterns that are currently beyond our imagination.”-Frank Close
…maybe what we know now, is nothing compared to what there is to know…
This is definitely a book ‘out of my scope of practice’ but I found great value in exploring something new. I have a personal interest in particle and quantum physics so I enjoyed it. The last Chapter discussed ‘Higg’s field’ which is a theory addressing the fundamental questions of our existence. How can that not be interesting? I enjoyed this book for perspective, reflection, and exploring complexity.
Up next: Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life by James Kerr.
- There is a difference between externally rotated which implies orientation (stuck on 5th floor) vs externally rotating which implies ability to move through a range of motion (move ten floors)
- If you don’t consider axial skeleton and pelvis position you may be pushing past the tenth floor which may come at a cost
- Some people may benefit more from a trip to the lobby instead of continuing to push the tenth floor: this can also be used in reference to high level athletic performance/explosive extension
- Don’t be surprised when consequences manifest
Providing females in the S&C field with these skills may have more value long term.
- Critical conversations skills
- Thinking about solutions (which most likely can be found in your own behavior) instead of identifying faults in others
- Self awareness (there is purpose in understanding yourself)
- Learning how to promote the growth of others (empowering) instead of spending time establishing hierarchies/inferiority
- Identifying skills in others that will help them succeed
- Listening skills instead of waiting to speak over others (creating mutual respect)
- Being adaptable to how you interact with different people (not being rigid in your own behaviors)
- Learning how to be adaptable/open minded (without being overly agreeable)
- This is similar to pursuing grades over education, money over satisfaction, or individual accolades over team goals.
- Don’t teach them how to win, teach them how to play
- Where is this in the academic system?
- Where is this in internship curriculum?
- How are we providing solutions within ourselves?
Check out the following article for more insight: Cultural and Occupational Barriers Facing Women Professionals in the Field of Strength and Conditioning
Be grateful when people share their training models and make connections with your own model, that’s growth.
I am thankful for Train, Adapt, Evolve for sharing what they do as they are one of the best.
Cells to Performance Seminar:
– Question. Question when simplicity is applied to physiology.
– Utilizing less oxygen for the same task makes you more efficient and comes at a lower cost
– Respiratory mechanics matter for respiratory limitations
– Athletes need to be able to load and explode on each leg and side and we need to understand how our anatomy is biased – Let biology grow in an environment and build structure
– Place value in frequency by not abusing volume
Also follow Justin Moore as he has been posting some great physiology resources that were explored in the seminar.
Coaching: Perception, Context & Perspective.
“More awareness translates into greater survivability” (Lipton, 2015)
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as WE are.”
Perceive: become aware or conscious of (something) or to interpret (someone or something) in a particular way. Self awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. There is a difference between how you perceive yourself (a false perception can differ from who you actually are), how you think others perceive you, and how they actually perceive you.
Context: the external circumstances of the present moment and your internal state that has been influenced by past experiences. If context is different, your perception is different, thus your responsiveness is different.
Coaching is both understanding how to best interact with others that may have a different perspective than you and being aware of your own behavior. All are needed to assist in the goals of the athlete/ client.
Great weekend in NYC at the Cells to Performance Seminar by Train, Adapt, Evolve. These are some big takeaways:– Energetics dictate structure: the goal is to load tissues more often without damage to tissue
– CO2 is needed for the structure of the cell and indicates a signal for O2
– Frequency can be a powerful driver and people don’t take advantage of it because they crush themselves and need time to recover from the damage