Nov 1 2017

The Most Versatile Piece of Training Equipment There Is.

Dec 14 2014

How To Workout, Keep The Training Wheels Off.

There is no such thing as a bad exercise, just a bad way of performing it. — Mel Siff.

Couldn’t agree with this more. People must be appropriately challeged in the gym, their brains rewired by being fed rocking, rolling, crawling patterns, along with primal patterns of push, pull bend, squat twist, lunge, built to be bullet proof with strength in these movement patterns along with strength in the frontal and transverse planes where most injuries occur.

I do not put training wheels on people when working with them, the nervous system and stability is not challenged in supported exercises. If one does not have the strength or neurological control in a exercise, descend it, while they still get that motor learning, then load them appropriately as they become proficient in it.

Putting them in a supported environment strength and leaving them there is like learning how to ride a bike well achieving supreme confidence with training wheels on but never taking them off. They don’t don’t have the ability to ride.

I was taught if you can’t you must. Descend only to be able to ascend the exercise movement. Motor learning, strength, stability, is achieved.

We were once bullet proof in primal and pioneer days. There were NO weak links in the body grown from sedentary habits.

We are teaching people to be primal again, feeding their brains through movements the brain once was hard wired well with.

I do not say a movement is bad for a person, particularly when it’s a natural primal pattern. Because that’s our job as a trainer to strengthen their weakness within that movement to build them into that movement.

Putting training wheels on people building strength in such exercises does not accomplish this with those red flags in those uncontrolled ranges with weakness with them still present.

Oct 15 2014

In The Gym, There Are Always Lessons.

Some coaches are hesitate to write articles or create products because they feel much has already been said or so and so produced it.

I disagree with this because what goes on in our gyms can be documented daily into articles or even products and if you are having a lot of success with your athletes people will want to know why and how. What are you doing different with the science and methodologies you use in your facility?

For instance when I was at Results Fitness I was asked a lot of real world scenario questions and I loved that.
For example what do you do in this situation when you client comes to the gym feeling like this? What workouts do you have in place for them to do instead? How do you progress a client through this exercise is this is happening? What should I do if the client has been experiencing this from this program or exercise, or they expect this workout or style of training.

In the real world humans are emotional complex at times creatures plenty to share and discuss how you work with them on what, when, why, and where in their training and life period.

Fuck theory, all the great text books are there for that. What needs to be put out there are training systems/ scenarios that deal with different situations that coaches who own facilities and train people deal with, how they handle it daily, why their training systems work, how they have been achieving this or that with detailed case histories instead of a pic of someone with a brief blurblurb under it.

Or another rehashed twisted just a little bit product that hasn’t a long list of case histories behind it.

Those of us who own facilities know there is never a dull day. Plenty to share.

There is plenty to write about when you write about actually working with people since every person is different as is each day.

We should be learning daily in our gyms. I know I do with the different students and needs I work with and address.

Personally I always love to read about what coaches do in their facilities instead of theory and stuff some coaches write about and make up doing.

Jul 15 2014

The Students Often Become The Teacher.

Tonight at our gym I had to correct our newest youth 8yr old Douglas on our code of conduct.

He then said to me. You mad at me coach. I said no son. I’m disciplining you.

He gets nervous when I watch him and coach him on the double end bag and heavy bag. Being around a lot of alpha males, that sheer masculinity is a big transition for a kid with no live in father.

After his workout he came up and said goodbye coach see you tomorrow. I said see ya tomorrow son, I’m proud of you on how you have been working,

He gave me a hug and left.

While I’m very no nonsense, gruff, stern, borderline crazy with what I say to my teenage and adult students/fighters when discipline is called for.

I continue to learn more about coaching and communication working with my 7, 8, and 9 year old students. As this is the most I have ever worked with and more sign up every week.

I love that about our gym, the diversity of ethnicity, age, and both genders. It keeps you learning, adapting, sharp, and growing in profound ways.

I don’t have any kids yet, but I do. I’m thankful for the lessons they teach me in coaching/communication and jolting me from time to time with how they respond and grow.