Performance

Tiger Woods: Why He Could Be So Much Better

Posted on April 6, 2010. Filed under: Performance | Tags: , , , |

Get Em' Tiger, No Wait...

Tiger’s workout regiment produced by Keith Kleven is based on old ideas, but nothing of any scientific value. There’s two things we need to consider: Time efficiency and Skill development.

Outlined on Tiger Wood’s website, all there seems to be is unproductive training habits that although it may make you think he’s so good because of his fitness regiment, the 2-10 hours of golf practice a day is what is most likely keeping him afloat and excelling in his sport. Let’s run through what’s wrong and what we would fix in his program to keep him as good as he can possible be.

Looking at his cardio training: A 3 mile speed run or an endurance run of up to 7 miles, although soothing is not nearly as specific enough for the demands of his sport. Although most people would think, “There’s no cardio in golf,” we should examine it more from a local endurance stand point (hitting the tee numerous times throughout an 18hole course).

What does this mean in terms of cardio? Nothing really. The amount of time he spends in play is Hit the ball really, really hard; or hit it very precisely with long rest periods in between. A normal game of 18 holes, on a par 3 course, consists of about 3 hours if you take about 2 minutes per shot. What that means is you take a really long time before each shot, so that your body can create enough energy without needing that much oxygen.

To get what I’m trying to say, let’s first remember that two the lenses we want to evaluate everything from is Time and Skill. We want to keep the workout sessions as short as possible, so that most of his recovery is better spent working on his golf game.

If golf doesn’t need that much cardio to begin with, than why waste time in training trying to increase it – we aren’t training a marathoner…

Working Out, It Ain't Grrreeeaaaaat

Moving onto Strength Training: We notice that he is training for symmetry, but why? Golf is based on asymmetry (training specifically one side, as normally you use your dominant hand and dominant side of body to give you the power and precision you need, each and every time), that is why we need to make sure that our strength training program establishes asymmetry, but on the opposite side and motions of his sport practice.

Although lifting 25 to 50 reps sounds like a good idea, it’s actually very poor use of time. We are looking mainly for power production. 1-3 rep range with about 75-95% of your 1 rep max (most amount of weight you can lift once), is the most time efficient and will help increase driving range much more substantially, than simply “gutting it out.” What this means is that basically we are trying to lift A lot of weight, but in a small rep range, to make sure that we keep muscle size development as minimal as possible. We want to keep any muscle functional, and these low rep ranges helps do just that.

*Side note: This is the general consensus, make sure to read the end of the article to actually see if that is the right rep changes to train or not.

Tiger says, “If you keep your muscles guessing, it makes them work harder. Whatever I’m doing, I’m careful not to overstress my muscles. I push to the point of muscle failure, not pain.” The problem with first keeping muscles guessing is you actually delay what you are trying to produce – a better, quicker, more powerful body. The body needs time to adapt and needs to know what it’s trying to adapt too, by constantly seeking muscle confusion, you are going against basic strength training and physiological principles.

Do what you need to, nothing more, nothing less.

We must also remember that muscle failure is actually training your body to get better at muscle failure. Remember that we get better at what we practice, and training to muscle failure does just that.

Vanity: Thought he didn't train for the Muscles?

Finally, Flexibility Training: I would have to say out of everything Tiger is doing, this is the crappiest thing to do, period. Flexibility training should be reserves for gymnasts and dancers, and even then to what degree is still to be examined. The main point being is that Flexibility training doesn’t look for force leakages. A 5-10 min routine working on joint mobility focuses on finding what isn’t moving like it should, so we can develop a more efficient and powerful body.

Think about it this way, you can only make a junk engine so good before you need to clean it, oil it, and modify it. Flexibility and strength training assumes that your body is moving like it should. Fix the movement, and you automatically improve the game.

Summary: Look Tiger is a good player, period. I meant that literally for all the folks that may be thinking about something else…but his training program needs a revamping. What’s crappy is that we got some crappy trainers in high places who are offering sporting advice to pros doing really well, but it’s in spite of their training, rather than because of it. Hopefully you realize that the primary focus should always be am I really doing what I need to do to get good at what I REALLY want to be good at.

The best thing to do is to actually test what you do, day in and day out. Experience the gains that multitudes of people are getting without pain, while testing getting stronger, faster, better than everybody else. Who woulda thunk you could use your body, rather than some expensive Omegawave to tell you how you should run your own training? Get Better…without the expensive equipment!

Who Loves You? – Darryl Lardizabal

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Bottoms Up Press Grip Tip Part 1

Posted on April 4, 2010. Filed under: Performance | Tags: , |

Look I am by no means a Kettlebell Bottoms Up Press expert, but I have noticed a difference in simply changing how I’m gripping the Kettlebell and how it effected my speed and the ease of the press all together.

I noticed that if I align the Kettlebell handle from where a callus on your pinky side would be down to where you would make an “Okay” sign with your hand, the Bottoms Up Press becomes much easier. Granted I have small hands, but this actually gives me much bigger contact area with my hand than the heel of my hand described in Max Shank’s Bottoms Up Press tutorial.

Another easy way of trying it  is putting the heel of your hand on the Kettlebell and then simply lifting your hand until you notice that it ends up near the base of your fingers more than the heel of your palm. One side of the KB would be more near the base of the pinky and the other more near the webbing of the thumb.

Below are pictures of what I’m referring to. I’ll try to post a video of me explaining this in more detail when I get the chance, but again the main thing is that  I noticed a difference in simply the ease of movement. Let me know what you think…

Who Loves You?

Darryl

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What is Biofeedback Training

Posted on April 1, 2010. Filed under: Performance | Tags: |

What is it?

Biofeedback Training is a way for you to determine YOURSELF what is the best programming for you. Basically, it’s not about following a routine, it’s not about following prescribed sets and reps. It’s about what your body wants, and how to improve it.

Everything works…just depends if its good or bad to your BRAIN

You can use a number of different tools to test yourself and see what works for you: Standing Feet Together Toe Touch Range of Motion, Shoulder Range of Motion, Heart Rate, Blink Rate, are the easiest and cheapest way of doing so – they’re FREE.

Example: If you want to see if a regular pushup is good to do for the day. You’d do a standing feet together toe touch before you do the pushups to have a baseline. From there, you’d do 1-3 reps of the regular pushups, and then check your standing feet together toe touch again. If it’s better, you know you should do pushups for the day, if it’s worse, than you shouldn’t do pushups that day. Easy enough?

I thought planning was better?

Planning a training program can be compared to trying to predict the weather. Yes, you may be on the mark and actually predict what your body may want. But, like most weather reports, you’ll probably be wrong half the time and that is why Biofeedback Training is important. You need to know and know now what your body actually wants. Even though on a sheet of paper it may be deadlift day, you may actually need to do squats instead, or a different variation of deadlifts all together. Your body is what determines what you do, not the plan!

Andy Potts: The Biofeedback King

Andy Potts: The Biofeedback King

More on Biofeedback Training by Mike T. Nelson (articles + videos)

Again, it literally boils down to who you are internally. You don’t know what you really want, only your body knows. Biofeedback is simply a way for your body to tell you, “Hey egghead, I don’t want squats today, I don’t feel like it, give me deadlifts or lunges instead…Thanks.” You can think of your body like a spoiled kid. It DEMANDS that it gets what it wants, or you slow down your progress. It’s like a kid screaming and yelling, until either you give the kid what it wants or it makes your life hell. That’s why yeah you might not be getting weaker, but are you now having random pain problems? It’s the little kid giving you hell. :-)

Get to it. Don’t think – Act,

Darryl Lardizabal

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Strength Notes

Posted on March 17, 2010. Filed under: Performance, Strength | Tags: , |

Developing Strength is merely the uncovering of what we are truly made of, not something we build up. The Law of Conservation of energy states: “…that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one state to another.”

If you take out energy and substitute strength, we basically get a law for strength, as well. You don’t “lose it,” you change it to something that you need. Instead of absolute strength, you become an expression of what you do everyday.

Sitting. Office Work. Life.

Well if your life has little or no movement – walking to your car, to the store, and back to your car, than what does?

Well we can either do a lot of a lot (change the balance of sitting to training), or find something optimal that impacts your body faster?

Always think can I uncover it faster with good skill/technique and do enough of it to make my body adapt for the better?  Or you can become an endurer. A person capable of torturing yourself for long periods of Little to NO movement.

You can be the Sloth my friend, or be the Shark, What will you choose?

Darryl Lardizabal

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Sickness, RKC, and Beast Tamer Challenge

Posted on February 25, 2010. Filed under: Beast Challenge, Performance | Tags: , , , , , , |

Sickness claims the many,  including myself, and may have told me to settle down even more than I was doing. Since I’ve had some downtime, which was quite depressing; it has lead me to come to interesting theories that I plan to test out. I will continue on with the Beast Challenge – starting slowly and using the Biofeedback approach populated by Frankie Faires again to reinvigorate my athletic/strength training.

“There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear.”

David Mahoney

Executive and Philanthropist

Press, Pistol, Pullup, Planche, Front Lever are my main exercises.

Main Variations for Presses w/ Kettlebell

1-Arm/2-Arm ; 1-Leg/2-Leg.

Full or Partial Versions

Standing, Seated, Back to Wall, Opposite Arm Pulling on Band or Holding Wall.

Pizza Box, Palm Press, Bottoms Up Press, RKC Groove, Arnold Press Groove, Narrow Groove.

Main Variations w/ Pistols

Bodyweight/Weighted Pistols

Full or Partial

Everted/Inverted Foot, Externally/Internally Rotated Knee

Off a chair, Dead Stop Pistols, Bands/Wall Counterbalance

Main Variations for Pullups

2-Arm/1-Arm

Full or Partial ROM

Supinated/Pronated/Neutral Hand Position

Knee in, Knees out, 1 Knee Forward/1 Knee Back, Straddled

Main Variations for Planche

Paralletes/On Floor

Fingers Forward, Sideways, Backwards

Tuck Planche, Adv. Tuck Planche, One Legged Tuck Planche

Main Variations for Front Lever

Rings/Pullup Bar/Finger Grips

Fingers Forward, Sideways, Backwards

Tuck Lever, Adv. Tuck Lever, Straddle Lever/One-Legged Tuck Lever

I end with knowing that the journey is often shorter than one expects…and before I do it and do it right, I must think it, and think it well!

“Beware of the thoughts you keep, because everything in reality manifests from the mind.”

Justin Palmer

Second Year College Student

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Idea of Play in Training – Variety for Fun and Progress

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Performance | Tags: , , |

Introduction: Play defined

I’ve read quite a bit on Exuberant Animal and Ido Portal’s forum and find that the idea of play seems to be missing from many of our own training sessions. Before we start off. Let me go ahead and define what this terms mean and from there explain how we could hopefully use these in our practice to bring increased gains in our flexibility and strength.

As taken from dictionary.com

Play:

3. exercise or activity for amusement or recreation.
4. fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness: I said it merely in play.
18. freedom of movement within a space, as of a part of a mechanism.
19. freedom for action, or scope for activity: full play of the mind.

What does it mean to Play in Training?

How many times do we view exercise as a chore, as something that we have to do vs. something we want to do?

How many times do we view exercise as a way to escape reality, versus actually focusing on what we are presently doing?

How many times do we choose to confine ourselves within the program, rather than experimenting, or as Stuart Brown likes to put it, “exploring” (a type of play suggested by Stuart Brown), our own personal boundaries and where it may take us?

Play: It doesn't have to be this Serious!

Asking myself these same questions, I did many of the things more often then not. I realized that training isn’t about the goal, but the journey towards the goal. The effort I put towards getting towards my goal is just as important. That effort I put in shouldn’t be too hard or too easy, but just right and play helps us get there.

In Stuart Brown’s book, “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul,” he explains that the nature of play and the basis behind it leads to increases in not only creativity/imagination, but in learning and social progress in an individual. I might also add that play is easy for our body to handle. We don’t think about what we need to do or what we have to do, and simply just do it for what it’s worth. For those that tend to demand rigor this may be a hard concept to grasp, but if you’ve ever just played you’ll know what I’m talking about.

You don’t care how tired you get, you don’t care what you’re doing, and you don’t care who you’re doing it with, it’s all fun and games and for training allows you to do more, helping you progress that much faster.

Rather than carefully and examining every protocol and how it might better than us, why don’t we “Just do it”. See for ourselves what might happen and experiment and explore our self-limits. Bruce Lee stated “Using no way, as way,” which simply means that there is nothing to stop us, and that is the way we choose to be. The only reason we may stop doing something is because for some reason we defeat ourselves and that’s also where plays tends to shine. You can’t get defeated in play

Play provides the potential for us to focus without focusing. To learn without learning. To be structured without structure. It’s a way for us to enjoy and have fun, have a blast, and create an environment where rigidity is destroyed. I’m not saying that form, technique, and skill needs to be thrown out the window, but that an environment of play (serious when it needs to be, fun it ought to be) will promote a much better environment for us to learn, grow, get stronger, and prosper.

Play: Don't Restrict, Create!

Application of Play in Training? How’d You Do It?

It’s easy. Start out with one day where you don’t have anything specific to do. Just do what you feel like. From there don’t bind yourself to what you think you should do. Roll around and try a Kettlebell press from whatever position you land in. Swing on Monkey bars and whichever position your hands are in and whichever way your feet are hanging, keep them there and Pull-Up.

Do Turkish Get-Ups, and make an exercise of presses on each part of the Turkish Get-Up, etc. Don’t limit yourself and have fun!

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Want to be Better?

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Beast Challenge, Performance | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you closely examine most sports training programs you’ll see that up to 90% of the recommendations revolve around improving your physical abilities such as strength, endurance speed, agility, explosive power etc. It is rare to find specific recommendations for improving technique.

The physical qualities are of course, extremely important. But without simultaneous improvement in technique you will not see much improvement in game performance. Keep in mind that the ultimate objective of all training is to improve the athlete’s ability to execute and execute well, the skills that are needed in order to be successful in gameplay.

In sports such as baseball this means the ability to throw the ball fast and accurately not only for the pitcher, but for all the other players. In addition, the player must be able to hit the ball well not only for a home run, but for singles, doubles and triples. He must be able to run fast and in some cases, quickly reverse direction.

Most of these skills are not unique to baseball; they are also needed in other sports. If the player cannot execute these skills well, he will not make the team, or will not last very long if on the team. This is the bottom line.

The player must be able to execute the skills and he must be able to execute them very well. If not, there is only a slim chance that he will play because of exceptional physical abilities.

To be able to demonstrate your physical abilities is mainly important in testing, not in playing. Being the strongest, quickest, or most explosive person on the team means little if the physical quality is not hooked onto technique. In other words, you must be able to demonstrate the physical ability as you execute the skill technique. They must be joined.

For more information on this topic see Build a Better Athlete. To see how skill is combined with development of physical abilities in specific sports also see: Explosive Running, Explosive Basketball Training, Explosive Golf and Women’s Soccer and Explosive Tennis.

http://www.dryessis.com/wp/?p=534

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Technique is an often underlooked quality in whatever we do and the way to train it has been bastardized to a degree and what we are actually training.

As we look today towards what Sports Training entails, it becomes more strength, strength, strength, rather than Skill, Skill, Skill and although this had led to faster, more powerful athletes, it doesn’t necessarily make them better on the field.

As related to how I will incorporate this idea into my strength training, we must go into what are the different layers of skill development to understand the different ways to take it and a new way to look at strength training. Similar to the line of thinking that “Strength is simply a Skill,” learning to change random muscle firing into more accurate precise synchronization. In other words, teaching a muscle to contract harder and the muscle fibers to “line up” better.

Yes, You Can!

The subtleties of skill involve 5 main components:

1. Development of Skill itself

2. Development of Variations of Skill

3. Development in Application of Skill towards different Varieties

4. An effort to Master Skill on all degrees

5. Master the skill and it’s subtleties (what many feel have done, but can not really say they have).

*****I will be showing different Kettlebell Press videos throughout the entire article as an example ft. Lou McGovern, RKC participants and Master RKCs, Mike T Nelson, and Phil Scarito.

Development of Skill

The easiest way to answer this is simply thinking am I doing the skill Itself to get better at it. For example: When I wanted to achieve better Sprinting, I was conflicted by differing advice of should I increase my power or should I develop my max strength. During this time, I did not even think should I just develop my sprinting technique better?

In terms of Pressing the Beast, I first must think am I pressing? And am I pressing enough? Problem with how my body has worked has been increases in strength without training. Basically I didn’t plateau in my Skill development in terms of weight training. Although my training was non-linear, I never had feared that I would lack the strength to do what I wanted to do.

For example: going from the 24kg to the 32kg, was from me actually playing around with (not formally training) handstand pushups. Going from the 32kg to 36kg was from learning how to move my head better. Cranial drills for the Z-Health people.

Thinking this through, since the start of my challenge: This now leads me to pursuing the skill of pressing close to 50x a day each arm, followed with mental imagery and watching others who have conquered the beast challenge several times a day. Even on rest days like today, I am still thinking about how to press, pistol, and pullup and make it better.

Development of Variations of Skill

The development of Variations of Skill is often the most conflicted part of Skill development because of the SAID Principle – Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands – The Body Always Adapts to Exactly What You Do – Although the question is, what is it really adapting to? Most people think that they have to press the same weight, in the same way, or do something the same way, all the time, to get themselves better. Zachariah Salazar, mentioned something that I feel is important to share and that is simply thinking; “What easier? Is it easier to make a great skill better, or take a bunch of good skills and make them great?”

This might lead some to try variety, for sake of variety, but that’s not the point. He later followed with the idea to follow variations of what you are working on (to work a press, you must press, and do it’s variations) vs. working a squat to work on say a pushup, or playing tennis to work on a press.

This had led me to think of the different variations one can use.

1. Speed (Can I press the same weight fast, or really really slow)

2. Load (lighter and heavier loads throughout the workout)

3. Body Position (Can I do this in any position imaginable; Standing, Sitting, Lying Down, Squatting, Lunging,)

4. Environment I train in (Outside, Inside, New Area)

5. Objects I press (Dumbbells, Sandbags, Kettlebells)

6. The Way I press (Closer to my body, further from my body)

Development of Application of Skill toward Varieties

Am I able to take the general principles I learn from skill and movement and apply it to all varieties. Using Z-Health as a model, which you can check out here, the idea is can I apply the 4 Element of Efficiency and Rhythm to all movement.

Meaning,

1. Am I hitting the Target?

2. Can I keep a good posture and thus not trigger a reflex that may dampen my strength?

3. Am I friggen’ breathing? Whether shallowly or regularly depending on load?

4. Do I look constipated when I’m lifting something light or medium or am I too tense for what I’m trying to accomplish.

5. Can I move at the speed I want to move, or does the bell I demand I move at the speed it wants it? Meaning, if I want to work at a fast speed, can I move the weight fast?

An effort to Master Skill in All Degrees

An effort to master I believe goes further, because you are actively pursuing what you need to do better in with all the varieties and patterns the skill has. The idea here is deliberate practice vs. simply performing the skill. Basically do you intend to crush a specific goal for the sssion or are you simply aware that you need to press a bell. That’s it. The intention is another factor mentally that can be changd and should be an added variation that should be changed in the training.

For example: One of my intentions for the day was: I will press a 16kg bell from the rack position up 2-3 inches, hold the position, and maintain my body position and breathing 50x today with each arm.

Mastery of Skill and it’s subtleties

Not only can I apply skill towards varieties, but do I have awareness of my body and each joint can thus in any part of the skill change what may be needed to do better. Meaning, if something occurs that may be unexpected, do I have the ability to change what may be needed to continue on without hitting my head or stubbing a toe?

An effort to Master is learning to break the skill into it’s other component parts, similar to creating the many different varieties, but involving the skill itself. Meaning what makes up a press? Well your feet, legs, body, and the position they are in at each stage.

Can I move my pressing arm side to side with the bell held slightly above the rack and maintain the 4 elements of efficiency or am I shaking like crazy when the bell isn’t in it’s “normal” groove?

With this Mastery, comes the real idea of taming the weight, wherever, whenever, and however it may go.

*I do want to add and for you to please remember that this is not a linear process, rather a circular one. Meaning you may have mastered one stage of a press, but are simply developing it another.

Think of Skill development like a giant puzzle piece.

1.You can either work on the puzzle by solving the puzzle as a whole.

2. By breaking it down into pieces, working section by section, and then putting it together from there.

3. By breaking it down into pieces, working section by section, and finding what is not there.

Yours in Strength,

Darryl Lardizabal

P.S. Add Biofeedback Training, found here, and you’ll be amazed at how much faster you progress using this and biofeedback training to your advantage.

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Here’s some further resources that you may find helpful:

Four Stages of Competence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_stages_of_competence

Reflective Practice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflective_practice

Skill development: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/tech.htm

Athletes who Throw Things should Alternate between heavy and light: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/scni3a4.htm

These are the Skill you have to Develop in your Athletes: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/scni7a5.htm

The Three Phases of Skill Development: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/scni23a6.htm

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The Brain…and You Think You Can’t Go Further

Posted on November 12, 2009. Filed under: Performance | Tags: , , , , , |

It’s funny how the times that we believe are muscles are exhausted, the times that we believe we are just drop dead exhausted, and the times that we believe we’ve had enough are simply an illusion, set by our brain to “protect us”.

Are brains our hardwired for survival, a concept we referred back to in my first post here. And it is this survival need that actually limits our inherent abilities by a supposed 50% of our true capabilities. Pavel Tsatsouline is often known for the saying, “Our body can already lift a car, it just doesn’t know it yet,” and this is very true today.

Our body has all the capability in the world and the truth of the matter is you are already “strong, flexible, or whatever else you need to be.” The difference is that you have to hack away at the impurities, to actually find your true self. Think of an orange. It already tastes good, but you have to slice the peel and rinds before you get to the wonderful citrusy wonder fruit that many people love.

This is you, when you shed away the peel and the rind 🙂

*on a side note, patients under Anesthesia display uncanny levels of flexibility. This is a little note I read from Pavel’s Relax Into Stretch > A must read.

This article cites a study, that points to the idea of how marathoners can increase their performance by simply swishing a carbohydrate based drink, rather than actually drinking it. What happens is that the brain actually lets go off the brakes and thus increases our performance. All the physiological, scientific effects of “extra” carbohydrate loading occurs, even though the participants, didn’t drink it at all and spit the drink out before swallowing.

I bet he's faking it.

At the end, the article cites something very important that we all need to consider, “Training is no longer simply an act of getting the muscles used to lactate or teaching the lungs how to breathe harder.” It’s also about getting your brain to accept new limits by pushing yourself, safely. “Once your brain recognizes that you’re not going to damage yourself,” Foster says, “it’ll be happy to let you go.” – Ross Tucker

He shattered his limits, and he didn’t even know it.

I will delve deeper into this concept, known as Threat Modulation and how to apply it to your training in an upcoming article.

Train good, Train safe, Train easy!

-Darryl Lardizabal

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Manthropology – To Survive or To Perform, What Matters Most?

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Performance | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It’s interesting that as we endeavor to work so hard that we often forget that we as a group of creatures our wired to survive, more so than to perform. Take for example the many reflexes in our body that occur because of our need to survive. For example, the Arthrokinetic Reflex, which basically means that a Jammed Joint causes Muscle Weakness, Inflexibility, and/or Pain and that surrounding tissues actually weaken to actually hamper any movement that may result in such. Here a fellow trainer, Z-Health Master Trainer, Mike T. Nelson, speaks more about how this reflex actually works.

Another reflex is based on our eye movement, in which specific eye directions relate to increases in strength in certain muscles and decreases in strength in others. For example: Looking up (Eye Extension) causes all the Extensor muscles to be stronger than “normal.” Looking down (Eye Flexion) causes all the Flexion muscles to be stronger than “normal.” So forth and so on…for differing direction. Read on Reflexes, which is an article by Dr. Eric Cobb on how to use your reflexes for you, rather than against you and go into more detail about Eye Positions.

Main highlights of the article is that primitive man was much more adept than we are in terms of performance, based on anthropological remains.

It’s interesting to note that it’s true the body cares more about survival than performance, but in this article about the Wimpy Man, John Mehaffey, writes how modern man is a much weaker specimen than our supposed primitive counterparts. Supposedly based on anthropological remains the sporting prowess of man yesteryear is much better than the elites of our day and that we are overall plain WIMPS!

And You Thought You Were Awesome?

It’s an argument nonetheless that may hold some interest in how this may effect our athletic performance to this day. For example, rather than saying this may be a highly improbable idea what can we theorize based on the idea that this may actually be true.

One main theory I believe may be going on is that their performance may hinder on their survival and of course the fact that the entire day is a training day vs only the 4-8 hours that many Elite level athletes train. Also many of these ancient men and women devoted their entire lives to running, hunting, and jumping with the idea of “deliberate practice” vs. “non-deliberate practice” – basically practice with intention that in many studies proves that it promotes a much better result. Practice doesn’t make Perfect, Perfect practice does.

The Luxury of Rest...and this is Kobe

Also, people may argue that primitive men were hunting and gathering specialists and didn’t need to devote a bulk of their energy towards their intellectual capacity unlike what a modern man’s brain consumes. But, if you really think about their training and our brain consumption, does that necessarily mean that their hunting and gathering capacity should have been as good as it was – should they have been good at running, jumping, spear-throwing, weapon-making, etc.? or do we not fully understand the training effect in terms of multiple endeavors and could this be a reason why Crossfit style training MAY work? Basically, are we misjudging the idea of how much we need to specialize and also the amount of recovery we really need as we get more and more into our training years?

I am not advocating Crossfit style training, rather questioning the common beliefs we hold so dear today. What could all this mean in our training future if we learn how to actually shift our Nervous System’s paradigm to understand that our training can increase our survival and somehow than unlock our true performance capabilities.  We will further dwelve into this topic, as I continue my research.

Continue down the rabbit hole,
Darryl Lardizabal, Z-Health Exercise Therapy Specialist (R,I,T)

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