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 …

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?

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.

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? (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 …

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 …

A Rant/Not A Rant: What is “Functional”?

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We (meaning me; I) interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a rant. Wait, it might not be a rant. (Actually, it might be…I’m either going to rant or ramble. I can’t quite tell just yet.) I frequently find myself in conversations with other trainers and coaches, nerding out about what we do. Often times, I like to start those conversations …

Hey bendy people! Managing hypermobility for circus (part two)

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“You mean push-ups don’t have to feel horrible?” She looked so relieved. Welcome back for part two! (Here’s a link to part one if you missed it) Circus is awesome. Circus also asks for people to make shapes and lines that require an above-average amount of mobility. (More often than not, people call it flexibility, but what we’re really talking …