Here’s a great post from Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains fame ( courtesy of Kevin Carr, thanks for the email). I can only say READ THIS.
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Our Certified Functional Strength Coach courses are really taking off. We have five courses coming up this summer. The reviews have been amazing:
Thank you everyone for an amazing workshop! Each MSBC coach had rave reviews, without exception. …. The students’ feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many have said that it was their favorite continuing education experience/certification/workshop yet. We are definitely hoping to host another in Q2/Q3.
It means a lot to Crunch and lot to me to be able to have a relationship with MSBC and to be able to provide our trainers exposure to some of the best training methodologies in the field, as well as direct time in the trenches learning from 3 of the top coaches in the game. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to work with you all again.
District Fitness Manager
New York | Miami
I’m an official graduate of the latest Certified Functional Strength Coach class on April 11, 2015! It was an incredible day of hands on learning with the MBSC guys. They are brillant coaches with a great sense of humor, and they are clearly passionate about what they do. I’m looking forward to using what I learned on Saturday to take my personal training career to the next level. Thanks Marco Sanchez, Kevin Larrabee, and Kevin Carr!
Next certification classes are June 7 in San Francisco: to sign up go to: https://www.certifiedfsc.com/register?campid=26
June 20 in New York City: to sign up go to https://www.certifiedfsc.com/register?campid=25
We are also doing three CFSC courses, one at each Perform Better Summit on pre-con Thursday. To sign up for those go to : http://www.certifiedfsc.com/performbetter
Hope to see you at a CFSC this summer.
An attendee at the recent Perform Better 1 Day in Chicago asked for some reading recommendations so I thought I’d share them here.
The basic two for everyone in every field are:
then from there work you way through:
Hows that for a start?
I’ve unfortunately become famous ( or infamous) on the internet for my views on lower body training. A friend asked me if I could briefly explain my thoughts so I wrote this up. The question of why we don’t squat has both simple and complex answers. The simple reason is that we found the back squat and front squat to be the primary causes of back pain in our athletic population. At any point, in any season, approximately 20% of our athletes would be dealing some kind of back pain that was either caused by squatting or exacerbated by squatting.
The problem was finding an alternative that would allow similar loads. The answer came in three steps.
Step one was actually a picture of one of Joe DeFrancos athletes doing really heavy rear foot elevated split squats ( I think it was with 120 lb dumbbells). That picture opened up my mind to the idea that we could use really heavy loads in unilateral exercises . My first thought was “wow, that would be 480 for reps with two legs”. As a result, I reevaluated and added heavy rear foot elevated split squats to our programs.
Step two was an article by sprint coach Barry Ross. In the article Ross talked about how deadlifts required the use of more muscle mass than squats and were in truth a better total body exercise. As I sat and pondered, I had to agree. Grip work and back work were certainly a feature of the deadlift absent from the squat? I disliked deadlifts because my memories of the deadlift were the ugly ones I did in 1980’s powerlifting meets. Again as a result we added Trap Bar Deadlifts to our program.
The last step was beginning to look into the concept of bilateral deficit. The bilateral deficit research ( actually not new) supported what we saw. What we saw in the split squat was that our athletes were using proportionally heavier loads than they had used in the squat. In fact after one year we saw that our athletes split squat and front squat were equal.
As we progressed in our always experimental programming we saw the change that we desired. We had more healthy athletes. As I have always said, healthy athletes are goal 1, better athletes come second. What we found is that deadlifting gave us a bilateral, more hip dominant choice that seemed to decrease back pain while rear foot elevated split squats actually gave us both higher loads and unilateral, sport specific loads.The only thing wrong was that we were rejecting the sacred cow of squatting.
My thoughts have always been controversial but, always rooted in what was best for the athlete. Unfortunately the detractors ( haters is the popular term now) don’t want to think. They simply want to do what they have always done.
This brings me to one of my favorite quotes from Lee Cockrell in his book Creating Magic:
“What if the way we had always done it was wrong?”
Food for thought and fodder for debate.
PS- We have added front squats back with our young athletes to teach the clean catch and we do some goblet squats with beginners but, you won’t see any athletes with big loads on their shoulders in our facilities unless they are required to do that for a college test.
“He who seeks the counsel of fools is a fool himself”
This is a cautionary tale. Be careful with taking advice from your son or daughters youth sport coach. Although today’s example comes from the hockey world, bad advice in youth sports is probably more common than good advice.
Please note: I have the utmost respect for most youth sport coaches. My kids have been lucky to have some great ones. With that said, I have also heard and continue to hear some real horror stories. Here’s the latest.
PS- This a direct quote from an email I received from a former BU athlete. I did not edit this. Please also note, the following advice was given to the parents of a 2007 birth year child, yes a seven year old.
“A lot of parents have asked me what their child can do to become a better player. It starts in the spring and the summer. Hockey is a 12 month sport. If you “put the bag away” I can guarantee you to expect being at the bottom level of whatever team your child makes next year. Kids get better by playing more. If anyone tells you otherwise they do not know the game. I am proud to be apart of program that offers as many opportunities as this one does to have your child on the ice as much as possible. ”
The advice above is absolute insanity that runs contrary to every piece of research we have seen. This guy is 100% wrong. A seven year old should absolutely “put the bag away” and play soccer, lacrosse or baseball in the spring. Please do your homework. Early specialization is the biggest mistake you can make. There are at least 10 blog posts on this site from great coaches and great athletes espousing the direct opposite advice this “coach” is giving. If your child is seven, I beg you, please “put the bag away”.