Tyler Knupp hitting this backflip much easier now as well as being able to dunk easily for the first time in his life! Real results!
“Exercise science has treated the muscles like a big meaty furnace. We engage in muscular activity to burn calories and produce a cardio-respiratory demand. This has proved to be effective for caloric expenditure and maybe even improved cardiovascular health, but it has not left us moving well. We didn’t set quality movement as a goal-we focused on quantity. If we compound our incomplete exercise platform with a predominance of sedentary activities, we are left with extremely poor movement patterns.”
I have been having a few talks over the last few months with Dewey Nielsen, my mentor, friend, and elite level strength coach, about the most important issues in the areas of strength and conditioning. Actually, these have been more “listens” than “talks”, as I seem to learn a lot more when I shut up and take notes. But, one issue that I have been really kicking around is how critical movement QUALITY is. I have written about this in a few other posts, but the issue deserves a little deeper discussion. Continue Reading
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. “
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been lucky to be surrounded by a ton of knowledgeable people, and I am learning so fast I struggle to keep up. When I first started narrowing my focus on improving performance and training methods, I was turned on to something called the joint-by-joint approach that was created, as far as I can tell, by Mike Boyle and Gray Cook, two guys I have also mentioned earlier. This idea has made a ton of difference in how I understand training and improved athletic performance. Let me do my best to explain the importance. Continue Reading
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
Even though I allowed myself to get really overweight, I have always been interested in the idea of improving human performance. As a high school basketball coach for nearly a decade, I was almost obsessed with finding the best, most efficient ways to help others improve. Every time we would have tangible success, I would note the methods used to improve, and then would try to improve on other areas, or find new strategies, better than the current procedures.
Over the past year, I have been focusing my attention and time on one question, “How do we improve the athletic performance of individuals?” Now, initially, the question was more centered on weight loss, and overall fitness, but as my research expanded, I started to consider how we become better athletes. Maybe people will say, “I’m not in high school or college anymore, why does it matter if I can become more athletic?” At first this seems like a valid point. However, when you consider that 50% of people 75+ years old die within 6 months of falling, you begin to realize, we ALL must focus on moving better. Continue Reading