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”. 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, encouraging scapular upward rotation, especially …

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 …

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

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There’s a fascinating phenomenon that exists within the world of recreational circus arts and, depending on the background of the artist, it sometimes happens beyond the recreational level: people “do their PT (physical therapy) exercises” before they train. I realize that on the surface of it, that may not sound particularly fascinating, but there is an element to this phenomenon …

Training Equals Rehab*: My Movement Check-Up

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Sometimes, I think the gray areas are great. In this next installment in the ongoing diary of my “return to rehab” for my shoulder, I have officially entered a gray area. It’s that difficult to define space that exists between ‘traditional physical therapy (PT) exercises’ and ‘back to training’. What I love about the place where I’m at now is …

My Movement Check-Up: Pain and the Magic of Movement

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There were a handful of things about how my body was feeling that prompted my return to physical therapy—but I would not describe any of them as injuries. My shoulder is four years post-op, so it certainly doesn’t count as a recent injury. I do think, however, that most of the complaints on my list could be traced back to …

Getting Uncomfortable: My Movement Check-Up

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Recently, I went in for a movement check-up. Or you could say I returned to physical therapy. I think I would prefer to describe it as performance therapy. I first learned of performance therapy as “an integrated system of rehab, fitness and performance” at a seminar given by Mike Reinold and the team at Champion PT and Performance, here just …

Squeeze your glutes! But what if you can’t squeeze your glutes?

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Recently, a friend’s post sur les médias sociaux began an important conversation about quality coaching and quality movement. It started with an open letter, of sorts, from an aerial instructor to the aerial students of the world: if you’re performing skills or movements inefficiently, using the wrong muscles, then you can expect the result to be an inefficient movement/skill that may or …

Squats. And Circus. A tale of two blog posts

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I had an idea for a blog post. It went something like this: As you may or may not know, I am at odds with group fitness classes. For me, the fundamental issue is that I believe everyone needs some degree of personalization in their training. You know, ‘cause every body is different and has different needs—if optimal performance and …