Hot Weather Circus: Guidelines for staying hydrated and safe

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This summer in Boston has been hot. (Much like last summer, actually. Ain’t global warming grand?). Now, I haven’t really been checking the weather anywhere else, but I think it’s safe to assume that other places are experiencing some hot summer temperatures as well. In some places, it’s a dry heat. In others, it’s the kind of delightfully humid heat …

What’s a good exercise for…? There is no hack for that.

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“…people who like your page haven’t heard from you in a while. Write a post.” Thanks, Facebook. You’re ever-so helpful! I know it’s been a while. I’ve been feeling a bit, well, stuck of late. It’s not that I have any shortage of things to say; it’s just that what’s been on my mind lately isn’t exactly exciting or sexy. …

Getting upstream: shifting from reactive to proactive

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I must confess, sometimes I experience a sense of social media-induced frustration. This frustration is often easily remedied by not looking at social media, but sometimes it comes up regardless. What confounds this sense of frustration is that I know what I’m frustrated about and often struggle to find the words to explain what I’m frustrated about. Today, I found …

Anatomy Theory to Practice: Scapulohumeral Rhythm

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Scapulohumeral rhythm. Sounds pretty cool, right? It is. As I mentioned previously, teaching an anatomy class has my head full of anatomy-related thoughts, and they all center around one basic concept/question: knowing the anatomy is important and all, but how do we use and apply this knowledge? The theory is pretty straightforward (and again, even moreso with an Australian accent): …

Anatomy of the Shoulder: from structure to function

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In the world of circus arts education, it is taken as a given that an understanding of anatomy is important. I couldn’t agree more. For the past nine weeks (ten weeks, if we count the week where The Mega Cold had me laid low), I had the extreme pleasure and privilege of gathering on Wednesday mornings with a group of …

Fitting it all in: the trouble with #circuseverydamnday

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Let me know if any of this sounds familiar: Your number one priority (or at least, really, really high on the list) is your circus training. Whatever the discipline, you want to put in the hours to work on getting better at…well, all of it. It’s your passion. It lights you up. It’s the thing you want to do. All. …

Geekery: Relative Stiffness and the Warmup (part deux)

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In that same presentation where Coach Boyle reminded us of the useful practice of stealing smart people’s stuff to use with our own trainees—the topic was conditioning (not to be confused with strength training)—he also posed the question: What if the way we’ve always done things is wrong?

A Moment of Geekery: Rethinking the Warmup

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Winter Seminar at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, just north of Boston, MA. It always feels a bit like coming home whenever I visit MBSC. That’s a testament to the sense of connection and community they’ve created for not only their clients, but for all of us in the …

Strength Training for Circus: 3 reasons to add weight-training to your circus training (part three)

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An athlete should possess: Specific strength necessary to perform the skills/combinations/routines they are aiming to do A solid level of general strength Every time I read this, I think to myself, “A solid level of general strength” should be bolder and five times as large. And then I think, this idea of general strength needs to come with a few qualifiers. …

Strength Training for Circus: 3 reasons to add weight-training to your circus training (part two)

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An athlete should possess: Specific strength necessary to perform the skills/combinations/routines they are aiming to do A solid level of general strength I’ve added Rupert Egan’s slide to the start of part two as a reminder: your foundation is important. It is perhaps the key to long-term health and injury reduction …and to being able to do cool stuff in circus. …

Strength Training for Circus: 3 reasons to add weight-training to your circus training (part one)

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An athlete should possess: Specific strength necessary to perform the skills/combinations/routines they are aiming to do A solid level of general strength It’s not always sexy. It tends not to be what people are interested in (until they get hurt…then this conversation is easy to have). But, to be perfectly honest with you: I’m always thinking about the foundation.

2017 Year-in-Review

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As the end of 2017 is only days away, I’m taking some time to reflect on the year that was and to look forward to 2018. In the spirit of the holiday letters that several of my friends and family like to send out, I thought I would do my own year-in-review for 2017. It’s been a long year.

Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawls

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In case you missed it on Instagram…before I accidentally deleted it, here’s another installment of “Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do”. View this post on Instagram Exercises Every Circus Artist-Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawl!⠀ —————————– Bear crawls are packed with goodness! ⠀ ⠀ * Rotary core stability and control ⠀ * Dynamic scapular stability and control ⠀ * Serratus activation, …

When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (part two)

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So what about progression? In part one, we started looking at how injuries happen—since that’s how most folks end up “doing PT”. The focus was on tissue capacity. We looked at how that plays a role in injuries:

When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (the bit in between)

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If you’ve clicked over here from part one, you know that we’re about to dive into a conversation about physical therapy for injuries. I didn’t want this rather important bit to take away from my primary train of thought…and it kind of deserves its own treatment, hence the separate post. It’s at this point that things have the potential to …