This one time at band camp…(Insert inappropriate joke here)…I learned something that has stuck with me very closely. One day while eating lunch with University of Delaware Drumline, Professor Jim Ancona remarked to a small group of us that you do your best when you’re constantly busy. It may seem a bit basic, but I think that it’s one of the best life lessons I learned from my time down there. Jim also taught me about the significance of attention to detail, and that every little variable matters. For that, thank you, Jim.
As I’ve previously commented, I’m busier than a telegraph operator listening to a flock of woodpeckers. Unfortunately, my blogging frequency has suffered, and I’m struggling to get everything done. Hopefully I can provide substance and personal updates for you.
Tonight is the last night to register for the Nassau Zone next Friday; If you haven’t already done so, you’ll have to register on site between 7-8am at Adelphi University. If you’re involved in the fields of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, or Dance, I’d highly recommend coming out; it’s going to be an awesome day. I’m looking forward to seeing 3 presentations, and I’m presenting myself during the 2nd session. I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m going to love every second of it. I’ve been working on my powerpoint the past few days, and have around 41 slides completed so far. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll be around the 60-70 slide mark, and will just have some hand outs to prepare…and 3 papers to write for class. Whoop-de-do! Oh, and if you’re interested in more information about the Nassau Zone, click HERE.
I’ve been trying to listen to podcasts and read blogs as much as possible the past few weeks, but I’m definitely slacking a bit on this matter. However, I do have two awesome recommendations for you. First, if you find yourself more involved in the rehab/corrective side of things, or if you’re a big ol’ nerd like me, check out THIS episode of the Stop Chasing Pain Podcast. Dr. Perry interviews Dr. Craig Liebenson, and it’s awesome! After listening to the interview, I headed over to Craig’s SITE and read some of his material. I’m going to have to spend some time going through his archives and learning as much as I can.
Craig is also a frequent contributor to Dynamic Chiropractic, which is another site I’ve been perusing recently. Obviously a site for Chiropractors, I’ve been learning immensely about assessment/testing and pain/injury management. It’s definitely stuff outside of my scope of practice as a personal trainer, but learning more about the human body is never going to be a disadvantage. Head on over to Dynamic Chiropractic and go through their archives; you won’t be disappointed.
A while back I discussed why you shouldn’t be scared to squat deep if you have the mobility prerequisites. A favorite point of mine, HERE is a quick article reiterating the points made, and displaying a damn good looking front squat. Yes, technically she’s catching a clean, I know. It’s still deeper than you squat, no doubt.
Let’s get back to the really geeky stuff for a second. When I say really geeky, I mean totally awesome, and something you should be as excited about as I am. In the latest issue of Men’s Health there is a fantastic article about twisting your wrist and running faster. Specifically, it’s about how fascia transmits force through your body. It’s like magic! It’s not really, but if you still train body part by body part, or go within 15 feet of anything that resembles a machine, you need to open your mind to this stuff. Read all about it right HERE.
Lastly, I want to introduce you to the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Just as I walked in from the gym this evening, my brother insisted on showing it to me. After reading through it, I insist on showing it to you. I leave you with this wisdom, and I hope you use this chart to make yourself better each and every day. I’m off to shower and eat; I have class at 8am.