In life, and in gyms across the nation, you see the same quotes time and time again… “No pain no gain”, “You miss 100% of the shots that you never take”, “Just do it”, “Train smarter”, “Go hard or go home”, etc. Yes, each of those saying contain a powerful message, but they have never encompassed what I am about. It wasn’t until the start of Christmas break that I found a quote that truly resonates with me. "The Little Things Are The Big Things!"
Blending Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and Strength and Conditioning
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) gives the practitioner and strength coach an ability to do magic. It is the single most powerful understanding of ideal joint positioning, whether static or dynamic. It is arguably the most powerful corrective exercises out there, and when blended with strength and conditioning, it creates monsters. Combining the three components is insanely powerful and allows you to make changes and improvements fast. I’m talking increased throwing velocity after day 1, simply because of the neural changes that are taking place. However, Pavel (DNS Founder), and the other top DNS practitioners, all fall under the umbrella of clinicians. I as a strength coach, face a slightly more difficult challenge. How can you effectively blend DNS and Strength and Conditioning? How can I use these concepts to not just get kids moving better, but also running faster, squatting more, and throwing harder. Well ladies and gents, this is what I’ve found so far.
Basic Sports nutrition for the young athlete is simple; consume enough calories for the daily demands of life and training. A lack of calories results in a lack of performance. Consuming enough calories allows the athlete’s body to perform at its best.
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Summer Recap at 1RM Performance
A summer of training at 1RM Performance has just come to a close. This is the first summer where things have really exploded in the gym for us here in San Diego. I really believe we are becoming the premier training facility in the area. Not because of the athletes that come in, but because of the athletes that leave.
1RM Performance and San Diego Strength and Conditioning
There are three major avenues that we improve performance of our athletes:
In my opinion, these are the three most important aspects of training that must be addressed and improved in order to truly take an athlete to the next level. Together, each attribute raises the overall athletic potential of the individual, improving their short and long-term abilities.
What does it mean to be a strength coach?
In my opinion, the strength and conditioning world has shifted in a direction that has a strength coach believing they need to be more of a movement/prehab specialist; instead of being what the name says, a STRENGTH COACH. If you say you’re a strength coach, I ask you to read this article, and see if you really fit the criteria.
Bench Pressing with your feet up has been frowned upon by most “elite” strength coaches through the nation. Reasons are often the lack of stabilization, lack of support, and the lack of drive into the ground which takes away from how much you can lift. Most importantly, coaches say it’s dangerous. All of these are true statments. And still, with all the bad press that benching with your feet up gets, I still bench that way and I attribute my personal successes on the bench to it. All of my athletes begin benching with their feet up as I progress them into a full bench press.
Assessing Beyond The FMS
Assessing an athlete is the single most important moment between myself, an athlete, and the athletes parents for the first few months of training. A typical assessment goes like this… Step 1. Shake his hand and introduce myself. Step 2. Bring him to the training area and show him where the magic happens. Step 3. Sit him and his parent or parents on the couch and a life is changed forever. 4. Movement assessment 5.athletic assessment 6. Explain everything I saw during the assessment to the kid and parent. 7. Answer every single question 8. Begin making progress. 9. Sign the family tree. 10. Hand shake good bye, and a little message to let he or she know the journey we are about to embark on together.
Fear Of Failure
Athletes fear failure. I find it hard to believe someone who says they don’t. This fear will do two things; motivate you to never fail again or it will break you down and create a fear that holds you back and limits your potential. I REFUSE to let fear of failure break ANY of my athletes. This is not going to be a normal blog post here at 1RM Performance. I want to address the elephant in the room that so many athletes and parents have lost the ability to deal with and forget exists.