Play. Laugh. Move in Different Ways. Have Fun. …and Lift Some Heavy Things.

We have ‘recess day’/ variability day when training has been long term & consistent.

Introducing drills in warm-up that are externally focused and involve unpredictability for change of direction, drop step, crossover, and multidirectional movements (more videos to follow) are great ways to teach skills with play, laughing, jokes and fun. There is a lot of laughter during these videos.

Drill: Wall Ball Reaction Drill

3 x week sessions usually involve: Day 1: Strength day Day 2: variability: “Recess day” to explore different movement strategies Day 3: volume day

Seated 1 Arm Row.

The use of passive constraints to manipulate a task: External objects are used to assist in finding certain references and muscles.


* The dumbbell behind the foot is used to find heels and hamstrings. The ball between the knees is used to find adductors. The weight in the hand is used to find abs and close a space. The weight of the cable can be used to reach and feel a scapula move.


* Training Principle: Proximal structure position influences movement of distal structures
* Focused Attention: Heels. Opening a side of the thorax and closing the opposite side.
* Guided Experience: Initiate questions before providing feedback. What was that like? How did that feel? 

Leg Transition Chop.

Creating an exercise to match intent. The intent of the exercise is to transition from leg to leg working on frontal plane mechanics.


* The chop will assist in centering over a leg: stacking the nose over the zipper line, over the knee, over the big toe.


* Training Principle: All athletic skill acquisition includes the ability to transition from leg to leg; gait, skating, throwing a ball, or changing direction (push mechanics).


* Guided Experience: What was that like? How did that feel? Where do you feel your weight? Why do you think this is important?


* Focused Attention: Arch of the foot.


* Client accomplished a personal record weight in the Trap Bar Deadlift 💪 which was an externally focused activity. To finish the session, we turned to thinking about the body and feeling muscles in specific areas, which was an internally focused activity.

DON’T TELL ME I’M SOMETHING TO BE FIXED.

Most people just need to gain muscle mass, lose body fat, and accumulate volume.

The idea of ‘fixing’ a fitness client or using some of your new continuing education catch words to tell people they are something that needs to be fixed is a lack of understanding of the end game and the big picture.

* “You shouldn’t deadlift because your thorax is narrow”

* “You’re so jacked up, I’m surprised you haven’t gotten hurt back squatting yet”

* “You don’t ‘manage pressure’ well in your pelvis so you shouldn’t squat” Can you even explain what pressure management means?

* “You need to do these specific exercises because ‘you’re extended’”

These are all promoting mindsets of ‘there is something wrong with me’. We sometimes like to prove our value and spit out some new knowledge we learned at a con edu event but lose sight of fitness. 

At the end of the day you need to just expose people to different experiences, strategies, loading, velocities, durations, positions, patterns, stances to ultimately IMPROVE fitness (allow to accumulate more and more volume). Exposure is variability.

Be careful with your words. Show them something else without taking something from them or making them feel like they are something that needs to be fixed. * How about “let’s try doing it this way”
* How about “let’s work on this strategy”
* This is what I am seeing with this assessments so our strategy will be X to assist in your goals… I love to learn. You may too. Absorb it, filter it, but don’t let it suck you in to only staring at the bark of a tree instead of seeing the whole forest.


“It is far better to render beings in your care competent then to protect them. And even if it were possible to permanently protect them and banish everything threatening, everything dangerous, and therefore everything challenging and interesting, that would mean only that another danger would emerge” – Dr. Jordan Peterson 

Lifetime Fitness.

Your collegiate athletic career has come to an end.

NOW WHAT?

  • Do you only associate exercise with sport?
  • Did your strength and conditioning coach teach you anything you can maintain?
  • Did they provide you with education about lifetime fitness or only short term gain strategies?
  • Did you LEARN how to train and take care of yourself?
  • Did you learn how to appreciate the process and the virtues of character that come with exercise?
  • Can you apply what you learned to establishing responsibility for your own health and fitness? 

Program Design: Embed Testing

Embedding testing in program design can be used an assessment of progress.
Are you improving or staying the same? …fear staying the same. 
  • 3-10 RM testing
  • Perform sets to own volition (example: perform sets of 3 until client chooses to stop or can’t maintain) 
  • Density blocks: Number of reps within a timed set or number of sets within a specific duration
  • Open set: client performs reps to own volition
  • Set duration of time and record distance completed on mode of fitness equipment (example- distance in miles completed in 6 minutes on airdyne)
  • Set specific distance and record time to completion (example- time to climb 300 feet on versaclimber) 
  • Record vertical jumps in warm-up routine
  • Timed circuit: record total volume or time to complete 

Find a left hamstring then do whatever you want.



  • Find ways to do accessory exercises incorporating left stance (weight bearing and shift to left side) = loading phase of gait on left leg

  • Get position of ribs and pelvis (thoracic and pelvic diaphragms)
  • Use vision to get cervical lordosis (look ahead or slightly high and far distance)
  • Find heel as a reference for hamstring
  • Experience frontal plane muscles by elevating left hip and keep left knee toward midline feeling adductor
  • Get left hip elevation and rib depression with exhale will get left ab wall
  • Then get those delts….if that’s what you want to do…but I am still reaching with my arms and retracting a ribcage

  • We tend to be stuck in propulsion phase of gait on left side
  • Incorporate stance into other exercises such as cable rows and pushes