Hacking your Neuromuscular System through Movement

On an almost daily basis, I get no shortage of messages through emails, DMs, & my public Facebook page asking me about what the best strength training, rehab protocols, or sport specific training implements/methods are.
 
The questions that come in are almost always some form of “I do ______ as my sport” or “I injured my _______”, then continue with “Should I get Bulgarian bags, Russian kettlebells, battle ropes, steel maces, elastic stretch bands, Indian clubs, Persian meels, etc., etc….?”
 
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Let me sum it up like this.
 
If you don’t FIRST invest the time, energy, & resources into learning a SYSTEM (such as StrongFirst‘s SFG) to teach you how to better understand your body and THEN understand the implement, you’re very likely on the wrong end of the 80/20 Rule.
 
I LOVE the equipment I get to work with because I train in a manner such that I try to execute every rep in such a manner that it feeds the improved functionality of my body. If I don’t hurt less or have improved range of motion or power AFTER using it, then I’m doing it all wrong & wasting time by feeding the DYSfunction of my body.
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So whether it’s a TRX Training suspension trainer, an Onnit steel mace, a Revgear Sports Co. Motion Master, a Bunal Brand FMA Equipment padded sparring trainer, or even a bottle of CavemanCoffeeCo Cold Brew, if you don’t want to take the time to understand how to optimize your use of the tool for your specific conditions, then all you have is either an expensive dust collector or a liability.
 
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This is probably a long-winded way of saying “Please don’t ask me for recommendations that need to be individualized and shouldn’t be based off of assumptions. I can & have been pointing the way in terms of generalities, but I will NOT dispense what I consider to be responsible medical advice via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram in situations where an individualized assessment needs to be performed.”
There are plenty of people out there who’ll gladly dispense such advice via Facebook or email. I am not one of them. 

Half-kneeling is perhaps the richest movement intervention that I use clinically and in sports training to address asymmetrical development or dysfunction. The rotation drill shown here in this clip gives people a stepping stone to help them achieve the ability to comfortably and safely handle loads in this position and addresses fascial mobility in a low-stress but challenging environment. Give this a try, but make sure you stick to the fine points of the setup. If you lose the setup position, you’ll lose the benefits of this exercise. So go back to a more fundamental position like static half-kneeling if that’s the case.

As human beings, we’re driven to compete, to achieve, & to excel. But when our egos write checks that our bodies can’t cash, there’s a limited “balance” or “inventory” of movement that your body can take out a line of credit against before dysfunction turns into injury. The smartest athletes are those who train to make sure they have more effortless movement capacity than is required by their sport. That means that they don’t have to go into “debt” every time they take the field, get on the court, or enter the ring.

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