I have separated the blog into two separate blogs. The blog tab on the main menu of the website will now drop down into a Cycling Training blog and a Strength Training and TRX blog. Not those of you who only want one information on one or the other, don’t have to sort through blog post on both topics. Richard will be the main contributor to the cycling blog, and will be putting out some really great content on the Xert software, the Moxy, and Q and QXL rings. I will be posting content on strength training, TRX, functional training for cyclists, and related stuff.
Last weekend I attended the Functional Movement Summit, in Orlando Fl. It was four days of Class A presenters giving sessions on topics such as the importance of the foot, evolution of the squat, reducing clients’ back pain, and the “why” behind what we do in functional movement training. There were also several sessions with information on providing a better experience to clients and the business side of running a top notch studio. I was already familiar with several of the presenters, through books and DVDs they had released, and I was super-exited to learn more from them in person.
I decided to write this up, not only to let you guys know about some of the cool stuff I learned and will bring to our sessions and classes. But also, because it was so much information, this will help me remember more of it, and give me a chance to go through it all again now that I am back home.
Thursday’s pre-conference lectures consisted of two 2 ½ hour lectures. One of them was given by Gray Cook, who is one of the original developers of the software that I frequently use to help spot movement dysfunction, and which gives me some direction on correcting the problems (this is the system I use at the studio to identify and fix bad movement patterns; many of you may have had a workout with me already in which this software was used). This lecture was great; I learned about several new screens for motor control and postural integrity that I plan on utilizing for certain populations. He is also rolling out a new course on these two subjects, which I fully intend to take at some point in the future. I have seen him lecture several times, and I have spent numerous hours watching his training videos. Yet every time I hear him I feel like I learn completely new things (as well as new ways to use old things).
The bottom line here is that every person is an individual with individual strengths, weaknesses, and possible issues. No matter what their goal, or limitation, or deficiency, there is no one size program that will be the most effective for everybody. His approach is all about solving each individual case by looking at all of the layers that make up that particular individual, to find the best path to get them to where they want and they need to be (improved performance, just feeling better, moving better or preventing injuries in the future).
To illustrate this, he used the example of a volunteer from the audience who wanted to increase his vertical jump to enable him to dunk a basketball (the volunteer was once able to dunk, but now cannot). It was clearly a hit to his ego, and that was a big deal to him. After running through the assessments, it was determined that although the basic movement patterns were functional, he had some moderate pain and mobility limitations in his right ankle joint. These prevented him from being able to perform an effective counter movement before the jump to make use of the elastic energy. It was amazing to see him work through the process, like fixing a car by looking first at each individual part, and then analyzing how each part interacts with all of the other parts, in order to identify the source of the problem. To truly fix a movement problem, you need to look beyond the symptom of the problem, and peel the layers off one by one until the problem is identified. Some of the approaches to improving movement and poster seemed so obvious after seeing them. Such as the examples he used of one arm carries from overhead to down by your side, and the farmers walk, which is a two arm carry.
The next lecture was presented by a guy named Rick Mayo. He runs a successful studio that is a larger version of the TRX and Strength Corner I have at Cycling Center Dallas. I share his philosophy, and have implemented in my space at CCD many of the things he does, so it was a relief to see that I have been on the right path all along. His studio does have some systems that I felt were better organized than those which I have right now, so I plan to use what I learned about his systems to better organize, program and structure the workouts I will use for small group classes from now on. He also had some great tips about marketing through Facebook, so I intend to get some more relevant content and information out for you guys through our FB page. I enjoyed his talk so much, and got so much valuable information from it, that I chose to attend his lecture the following morning rather than the sessions I had previously decided to attend.
Posts on the upcoming sessions and more to come....