First, I want to share my gratitude to all of our newly certified STRENGTHOLOGY Level 1 coaches
(I’ll be opening enrollment for the new class soon.)
As much as I enjoyed every moment we spent together, my favorite moment was when I helped our youngest student, 19 year old Taylor Locke, instantly KILL A MUSCLE VIRUS that had been plaguing him.
Apparently Taylor had been avoiding the barbell back squat for several months due to a tight and painful right shoulder.
During one of our application sessions I asked Taylor to get under the bar as if he were going to squat. He then revealed that he “couldn’t do it”… THAT is when I decided to show him some Muscle Virus Magic.
First, it was clear that Taylor’s right upper trap, leveator scapula and medial rotators of his upper arm were SUPER tight…. just by looking at him.
But since we had performed several muscular-skeletal assessments prior to this session, we knew EXACTLY what was wrong with Taylor’s shoulder.
As I always suggest using “corrective stretches” BEFORE training (as opposed to so many other “gurus”) I sat Taylor down on a bench and showed him how to stretch ONLY the muscles the right side of his neck and shoulder.
The entire corrective stretching protocol took us about 5 minutes.
Then I asked Taylor to approach the bar, as he did before, to try a back squat.
Not only did he have the ability to get under the bar, which he could not do just 5 minutes earlier, he presented a glowing smile and remarked that “my shoulder feels like it’s brand new!“
In the course of 5 minutes we took a kid who may have avoided one of the most important strength and muscle building exercises for the rest of his career… and gave him the power to begin using it again!
There is nothing magical about developing The First Layer Of Strength (physical strength).
But it DOES require that we pay close attention to the following, often overlooked, things:
1. How The Nervous System “Communicates” With The Muscular System (more on this later)
2. Muscular-Skeletal Balance and Joint Articulation
3. Development of Movement Strength (as opposed to isolated muscular strength)
4. Functional Strength and Power Production
Becoming the strongest version of ourselves is LESS about how big our chest muscles are and more about how well we carry ourselves.
ONLY a strong, vibrant and vital body is capable expressing the radiance that lies within all of us!
Think of your body as a vessel that carries the most precious cargo on Earth.
With Strength & Love,
PS – I’ll post videos and pictures from our STRENGTHOLOGY weekend later this week. I’m waiting on the photographer to get back to me.
Talk to you then!