Progressions Enable Progress

Regardless the population (children, general, tactical, athletes, or adaptive), every human should have capacity to safely, effectively, and efficiently perform basic, functional (i.e., compound, multi-joint) exercises. Proficiency and mastery of the basics (e.g., running, jumping, squatting, deadlifting, pressing, etc.) enables greater and more applicable expressions of functionality, fitness, and athleticism. Therefore, it is essential that... Continue Reading →

Passion, Perseverance, Patience

What are you most passionate about? Are you willing to fail, to overcome obstacles, and break down barriers in pursuit of that passion? Most importantly, are you willing to wait? Do you have the patience to work day in and day out for six months, eight months, a year, or even five years, in order... Continue Reading →

The Art of Coaching: A Process That Requires Patience

There is an epidemic crippling the fitness industry. Graduates from Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health and Fitness, and Sport Performance programs are entering assistantships, internships, and full-time positions with practically zero hands-on coaching experience. These individuals can walk you through the Sliding Filament Theory, Excitation Contraction Coupling, and Kreb’s Cycle, recite the ACSM’s risk factors for... Continue Reading →

Training: More than Following the Program

“In training, you listen to your body. In competition you tell your body to shut up.” — Rich Froning, Four-time CrossFit Games Champion The alarm went off at 3:45am. Regardless of the reason, beginning the day while there is still a three on the clock is difficult. On this particular morning, it was even more of a... Continue Reading →

What’s Your Why?

“You need to have a why for what you do!” - Eric Thomas What drives you? What are your motivations? What is it that gets you out of bed every morning? Motivation may be defined as the reason(s) that generate specific actions and/or behaviors. Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. Intrinsic motivation refers to... Continue Reading →

Building Better Humans (Part II)

MOVEMENT What exercises need to be incorporated into the training regimen for the general public? As stated in what I’m going to call the “Prescription for Functionality and Longevity,” individuals should do the following: Cultivate and maintain a foundation of cardiorespiratory endurance (i.e., regularly run, bike, swim, row, etc.) Develop competency and consistently train functional... Continue Reading →

Building Better Humans (Part I)

“What are the foundational applications of being a human?”- Kelly Starrett, DPT Improving and/or maintaining health markers (e.g., blood pressure, resting heart rate, triglycerides, etc.) and fitness is not the sole purpose of exercise. The purpose of exercise, or training if you will, is to develop, maintain, and improve mechanical competency in as many positions,... Continue Reading →

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