10 Random Thoughts

Every once in a while, hopefully about once a  month, I try to put out a few of the random thoughts that are going through my head which is usually sparked by various podcasts, interviews and books that I’ve been reading.

1. This isn’t a direct quote from Charlie Weingroff, but he did say something along these lines in an interview he did a while back and I think he hit the nail on the head. “More people would rather do it their way, the way their comfortable, the way they were first taught, instead of doing what’s right.”

2. How someone moves determines how well you do at your job. – Mike Boyle

3. Most people are visual learners. The best coaches demo exercises/movements better then other coaches. Even when you think you demo too much, demo more.

4. Why do some many strength coaches waste their athletes’ time with some much unnecessary dumb stuff? Exercises/drills either fix/rehab/prehab something or help make an athlete a savage and will help them be better at their sport. Everything else is a waste of time.

5. If the core is stable the shoulder will have a better platform to work off of. Case in point: most of the smartest people from the world of rehab are telling anyone that will listen that breathing is probably the number one corrective for shoulder issues.

6. Developmental movements like gets up and crawling have a ton of carryover to moving better. Add them to the program in some way, whether it be as a filler between sets or in the warm up.

7. Elite athletes are just better at the basics then everyone else.

8. Compression and distraction is huge for shoulder health, more specifically getting the rotator cuff to stabilize properly and efficiently. And because of that, get ups, dead lifts, and heavy carries like suitcase, farmers and bottoms up carries are great for shoulder health.

9. Eric Cressey spoke about this briefly in his talk at the CSP Fall Seminar, but all you have to do is look at the research on FAI and you’d quickly realize that a lot of hockey players should not be squatting to 90 degrees or greater. The risk:reward and the cost of doing business is way to high. You could potentially be doing much more bad then good.

10. “The Functional Movement Screen won’t change injury rates, but it should change the way you train.” – Lee Burton

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