At the very heart of complexity. Bill Hartman’s Intensive II.

At the very heart of complexity. Bill Hartman’s Intensive II.

  • 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.

Complexity arises from Simplicity: The Human Matrix Seminar

Take the blue pill and get to….

Zac Cupple’s Human Matrix: The Code for Maximal Health and Performance

  • “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. 

Elevator Analogy: Bring me to the 10th floor from the LOBBY.

Bring me to the 10th floor from the LOBBY.
In reference to full range of motion at a joint; It’s okay if you start in the lobby and ask for ten floors then return back to the lobby, but what happens if you start on the 5th floor?

This is an analogy for consequences.
  • 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

Cells to Performance

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

This vs That Medicine Ball Slam

This vs. That Medicine Ball Slam.

This. Extension

  • Set a position by exhaling to move ribs down, back and in
  • Keep ball in front of head
  • Get tall and pull yourself down

That. Hyperextension

  • I bring ball behind head
  • Ribs come up, forward and out


Sharing the training concepts I use, the approach I take, and the principles I utilize in my techniques at the National Strength & Conditioning Association Conference 2018. @nscaofficial #natcon18

I also explored stress and the consequences of performance training which implies both negative and positive adaptations.


Slide Board Pause, Center, Push

Your goals determine what you see.

Utilizing the slide board as a tool to experience transitioning from one side to the other

Frontal plane competency for each side is the goal

My approach is centering cues

On each end/side the cue is to center yourself

Centering is stacking nose over sternum over zipper over knee over big toe

Can you feel outside leg adductor, hamstring, and same side abs?

The contralateral arm reach is used as a tool to target abs and lateralize

Transitioning is emphasized by cueing pronation to push yourself to the other side

Pause and feel, push and lateralize

It’s protective to figure out what your full range of capabilities are as a human.

If you’re able to take a look at the impulses that drive you and admit them, it will help you understand other people better, make you wiser, and more careful in your actions.
If you understand that you’re not harmless then that can make you a lot more careful with what you say and do. If you think you are harmless that can make you naïve and vulnerable.
You need reference for the perspective in which you see the world. The wisdom comes from understanding what’s underneath other people’s behavior and being aware of your own intentions. [Jordan Peterson Maps of Meaning Lectures]
Feel free to relate this to coaching.

Suns Out, Frontal Plane Out.

This weekend I attended the PRI Impingement & Instability course & James Anderson dropped some gems for application:
– emphasize hip hike instead of hip shift
– respect the frontal plane with rotational work as “Frontal Plane is King”
– You are coaching the sensory awareness of the nervous system not the bones and muscles.
Now we can get more detail for medball application after removing some emotional attachment about throwing a ball hard into a wall. Can choose front/back or lateral staggered stance.

– long exhale getting hips underneath skull and turn sternum left

– bring left hip up (not back) and left shoulder down {picture could be better}

– Find left heel and big toe

– Keep knee in

– Get yourself over to the left hemisphere: Lateralize yourself

– Stay there and throw 

Be responsible for a position of influence.

As a coach there can be much more to programming and long term planning than rep schemes, technique, and modality selection. What is the emphasis on deliberate personal development?

Success can be limited by personal growth through challenges related to honesty, commitment, learning, feedback, critical conversation skills, planning, and hard work. Being more aware of your own behavior and reflecting on others behavior just may give you that edge for success as an athlete and person. 

Questions to always think about and prompt to others:

  1. What is something that have you learned from a friend or teammate (past or present)? Not sport related
  2. What does maturity mean to you? Why is that important?
  3. What is being a good person? Why does being a good person matter or does it?
  4. What does being a better person mean to you? What do you need to work on? What is a habits that aren’t getting you there?
  5. How has a last relationship (ex. teacher, friend, parent) impacted you in a negative way? How has it provided you with a different perspective or changed you?
  6. Is this where you want to be right now? Where do you want to go? [this can mean very different things to different people]
  7. What does entitlement mean to you?
  8. What does self-awareness mean to you?
  9. What habits have you learned from past experiences that influence your perception of the world? [Definitely think about your parents]
  10. What are some general things a person should know about themselves?
  11. How can sport be used as a source to address other aspects of your life? [example: something has to happen in your life to force you to change including how seriously you take your sport]