Mar 31 2009

Build Explosive KO Power With this Exercise!

Here’s one of my favorite exercise to build explosive KO power in the core and hips. Those that know striking know that’s where the power comes from.

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Mar 28 2009

Q/A Part II

Here’s part two of my interview with Dan Allison

Dan)What do you think is the most important attribute to being a strength coach is?

Having an open mind to learn and listen to many sources. being an intuitive coach ( having the ability to change thins on the fly ) communication and listening skills, having discipline, owning and demonstrating great assessment skills as the athletes program will only be as good as the assessment. Of course walking the walk while talking the talk, always putting yourself in the athletes shoes and understanding what he is experiencing and living and coming from and dealing with in his life. life style factors and mindset are sorely overlooked.

Dan)What are the main things most athletes programs are usually missing?
(i.e. weaknesses or underdeveloped skills from previous training)

Stability, flexibility, mobility, these is often left out as strength and power are developed way too soon. Real and optimal core strength too along with proper movement skills. Life style/eating considerations. This is HUGE as the program and success of the athlete will flow off of this. This is really the most important.

Dan)How much time do invest into improving yourself as a coach? (how much “free” time)

At least an hour a day mainly 2 hours per day. This is my enjoyment as well.

Dan)How far does the “knowledge” take you before experience becomes the limiting factor?

Experience is everything. You gain knowledge from experience. Certainly you want to study what you do but you have to do what you study at the same time!

Dan)What’s your advice for students who are looking to get into the strength and conditioning industry (either university, private, etc..)?

Live it! really live it and learn from as many sources as possible. NEVER weld your head shut! I have seen many coaches suffer and miss out from a closed mind.

Dan) Thanks again, this is pretty cool of you

My pleasure Dan.. Anytime!


Mar 24 2009

Q/A: An Interview I did with Dan Allison

Here’s an interview I did awhile back with Dan Allison. A more in depth look into me and my madness! 🙂

Dan: What’s your educational background (this could include: school, experiences, self education, etc…)?

I took the formal route for a minute getting a semester of college in but since I was paying my own way I thought learning from the experts would be the better choice. It was. I’m a CHEK Level II Practitoner, PICP Level I therory and Technical. This is a Charles Poliquin certification program. RTS theory, this is a course of biomechanics offered by Tom Purvis. I think its an excellent course. I continue to learn a lot from Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell, I see Lou every week as his gym is 10 minutes from mine and he trains at my gym as well. Louie is just not all powerlifting he has a lot of brilliant training ideas and methods. I have interned and taken seminars from the the best of in the field, Mike Boyle, Joe De Franco, Elite FTS, Eric Serrano, Charles Staley, Alwyn Cosgrove, John Berrardi, to name a few. I continue to network with many of these names and more as quite a few have become my friends.

I’m also a Level II USA Boxing Coach.

Dan: Do you hold any certifications?

AIFE Personal Trainer ( Big deal! ) CHEK Practitoner Level II, PICP Level I Theory and Technical, RTS Technical, USA Boxing II Coach.

Dan: What made you want to switch sides from boxer to strength coach?

I didn’t enjoy the bullshit business side of boxing, it took all the enjoyment out of it. It was a GREAT experience though. The big reason to is that a lot of fighters don’t come close to fulfilling their true potential due to the lack of strength training. Strength training is frowned upon in boxing but those in the know that many fighters can greatly enhance their potential and careers by gaining many strength qualities that are left undeveloped in them. This is my goal, passion, and mission to rid this myth and demonstrate with results on why strength training is needed for success in all fighters careers.

Dan: Could you see yourself having any other profession?

Within the boxing industry yes. Manager will soon become another title for me as will commentator down the line as well. I’m a true hybrid coach. Mastering all that I am at the same time too.

Dan: What would you say your training philosophy is? (maybe in general or boxing specific, fat loss specific, strength specific, up to you)

I’m a coach that has MANY tools to use depending on the goal or situation. I have learned and always will continue to do so, many training tolls and systems. So i don’t follow one system, I just use what tools the goal calls for. This allows me to truly be a successful coach.

Dan:  What type of tests and/or assessments do you perform on new clients?

I use assessment skills that I leanrned from my CHEK training and RTS. Postural assessments, flexibility rom ( active and dynamic ), core strength, movement assessments, and lifestyle. I have been trained to assess spinal curatures as well, Also advanced assessment for people suffering back pain.

Part II to follow soon.


Mar 20 2009

Boxing Punch Mitt Workout For Women… It’s NO Different.

Here’s a clip on how I work with females on the punch mitts. It’s NO different indeed and shouldn’t be. I didn’t think this eight years agao but this is fast becoming a women sport as well!

To me women have been always easier to train with great form than most guys. They are just as aggressive too.. Have a look for yourself. Please excuse the poor sound quality!