Category Archives: Coaching

How to Fix Scapular Winging PART 2! – Following Up with Tessa

Tessa and I received a TON of questions about our Scapular Winging video – how was she doing? How long did it take to “fix” her winging? Etc.  So, we shot a quick update video that explains my take on WHY scapular winging happens, what it will take to make a fix “stick”, and take a look at 3 more exercises you can add to your quiver when programming around scapular winging.  Enjoy!

OS Play – August 23rd in Bloomington, IN

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OS Play is coming to Bloomington, IN on August 23rd!

This is our second OS Play Course EVER!   This 4 hour course will be all about playing (obviously)! We will teach you games and concepts that you can implement into your own training or into programming for your clients, students, patients, or athletes.

We’re going to rediscover the superhero in each of us through play – you’ll learn why play is important, how play can fill in the gaps in your current fitness program (or even replace it), how to start your own ninja academy, and experience tons of games old and new to get you started.

For more details, feel free to contact me using the link in the top bar up above, or check out the event page:  http://originalstrength.net/event/os-play/

New Guest Post – Coaching Yourself to a Great Kettlebell Swing

I have a new blog up on the Force homepage on Self-Coaching the Kettlebell Swing.  The goal of the series is to help you teach yourself to do an exercise with more efficiency using a series of self-awareness drills.  I understand that not everyone has access to a qualified coach – so hopefully this will help you feel confident in your swing even if you don’t have someone giving you direct feedback.  Even if you have a coach, these drills can help you become more aware of your position, tension/relaxation, and timing in the swing.

Enjoy!

http://forcebloomington.com/self-coaching/

Training Athletes w/ Spencer Roloff

Training Athletes w/ Spencer Roloff

This week I am excited to have Coach Spencer Roloff on the pod!  Spencer is one of the phenomenal coaches at Force Fitness and has taken over our AR (Athletic Revolution) Program.  He mainly trains middle school and high school athletes, but also competes in Olympic Weightlifting and dances to Taylor Swift songs while wearing elf costumes – what’s not to like?

Today, we’ll cover a variety of topics on training, mindset, early specialization, and more!  Whether you are a parent, an athlete, or both – this one is for you.

Check it out.

PS You can find Spencer on Instagram/Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/SJRoloff

What is MovNat and How Can It Help My Business?

Note from the author:  this is an article I wrote originally to be published in Fit Business Insider, but I decided to share it here instead.  Over the years, I’ve gotten about a dozen emails asking me about MovNat, the certification, and the benefits.  This article will tackle some of that.  It is geared towards gym owners and coaches, but I think there are lessons in here for everyone.  Hope you enjoy it!

The Human Zoo

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Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/4XKydZ

Have you ever been inside a big box store and just watched how people move?  Chances are, most of them aren’t walking tall with a neutral spine and a proper gait.  They might be draped over a shopping cart as if they can barely hold themselves up, or have a slight limp from an old surgery, or simply move stiffly from years of muscle disuse.  After all, it doesn’t take much movement nowadays for people to get where they’re going (i.e. the car, the kitchen table, the toilet, the desk, and the couch).

That’s where we come in.  We’re here to help people get in shape and get up off the couch – to fight the good fight against the obesity and orthopedic epidemics sweeping the nation.  And with more than $100 billion being spent each year on low back disorders in the U.S. alone, there’s never been a time when we’ve been more needed.

Looking at our physical states today, one can’t help but wonder whether our ancestors ever had to deal with these issues?  How did they get prepped for a hunt without a foam roller and some voodoo floss?  How can we recapture the level of fitness and robustness that our ancestors so obviously possessed, short of throwing ourselves back into the stone age and hunting & gathering our food?  It’s simple: we can do what they did by practicing the very same movements demanded by their daily lives and facilitated by our mutual physiology.

Movement is the Key

Enter MovNat – a physical education system based on these same human movement skills.  In MovNat, we train how we were meant to move.  Running, Crawling, Climbing, Balancing, Lifting, Carrying, Jumping, Throwing and Catching – these are the movement categories that are universal to the human experience and our physiology.  Or at least they were, before the advent of the modern lifestyle.

So what?  Why should you, as an owner or coach, take note of MovNat?  How can it benefit your service and your clients?   I’m going to get to that.  But before I do, let’s step back for a minute and talk about what it is we provide our clients.

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