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Finding The Function in Disfunction: The Foundation of Functional Training

Finding The Function in Disfunction: The Foundation of Functional Training

The assessment that I use to evaluate the movement of my clients is inspired by the FMS and there are elements of the FMS in my 4 point movement assessment. What I am looking for with my basic knowledge of human movement and kinesiology is making sure that the athlete has good, ankle, hip, and shoulder. I also assess Thoracic mobility and stability which affects everything from your breathing to your shoulder and lower back health. I started producing a series of videos showing exercises that I use to improve the strength and the mobility of these three key areas, here is one of them......

Create Your Environment or Your Environment Will Create YOU

Create Your Environment or Your Environment Will Create YOU

As I continue my journey as a father, coach/trainer, (ex-husband lol) and entrepreneur/business owner, sometimes I can have in a bit of a negative disposition, if I allow these short-term situations within the surrounding environment around me control my attitude and my approach towards my daily activities that negative environment will  influence my behavior to a certain extent and if I don’t recognize this negative influence my  environment will create my reality, which will influence my behavior and when that happens my environment is creating who I am..... Unless I make a conscious effort to maintain a positive environment.

What is Your why?

What is your reason for getting up this morning? What gets you going? What inspires you? These are the questions that you should ask yourself. Answering these questions honestly help you pinpoint your "Why", keeping you focused on your path to reaching whatever goal(s) you want to achieve. Finding your "Why" will carry you past passion when you have self-doubt and your passion weakens and starts to fade. Finding your "Why" will help fill in the gaps when tough times hit, and help carry you to the next step on your path to success.

My "Why" is and always has been to help and serve people. That is one of the reasons I love team sports, it gave me the opportunity to be apart of a team and be apart of a collective unit.  I never really paid attention or put a high value on my individual stats, my main goal was to be the best team player I could be and do whatever it took to win.... with a team-first mentality leading my actions. Some of my old teammates would say I fell short of this objective a few times. Every successful year I had stat wise as an individual player, I set out at the beginning of the season that my main focus was on helping my team win. I held my own personal achievement on the back burner and focused all my energy being the best teammate I could be. This helped me discover a lot about myself and helped give me directly through my career, and was the being of me discovering my “Why”.

I wrote a blog post last month about motivation called "You cant be soft your whole life"  which was inspired from several conversations I had about the loss of motivation with a few of my clients and friends. In my opinion if you "lose" motivation to do something, either you don't know your "Why", your "Why" is to complicated for you to apply to your goals, or your "Why" is not defined through a purpose; therefore you are just going through the motions and working towards nothing like a ship with no rudder. There are steps that you can take to discover your "Why" and define it with purpose and direction. I use three three steps to define my "Why" which are:

  1. I write down a my objective in five words

  2. I set up a plan of action with steps

  3. I go to work

   This is a fluid process and sometimes I skip steps (due to my ADD lol) but this process helps keep me focus, especially when things are not going as planned, miss out on an opportunity or when I fall short of a a benchmark I have set for myself or my company.

You may have several "Whys" that you just don't know how to define or focus on, but with honesty and effort you can define, and discover your “Why” and be on your way to a more fulfilling life. 

 

 

 

Energy System Development Series

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ESD/Energy Systems Development Training

By Coach E. Allen Founder Atlas Pro Training LLC 

This Blog series is an expansion of an article of mine that was published in the November 2016 edition of the Nonahood News. All reputable trainer try to tap into one of more of these energy systems to help their clients reach their specific training goals. Educate yourself and make sure you know the fundamentals of your training program. Enjoy the process and -TRAIN WITH A PURPOSE-

Whether you are high school athlete looking to gain an edge on the competition in your offseason/preseason training program or a weekend warrior training in your spare time for an obstacle race, marathon, or an adult athletic league, or trying to lose that last 10-15 lbs of holiday weight, the old way of improving your physical performance and condition has changed. Enter the phrase Energy System development (ESD) training. ESD training should be the foundation of any training plan to improve your performance; it could be the difference between competing at a high level, or coming up short in a game. In order for muscles to contract and produce movement ATP (adenosine triphosphate) must be present. The body’s energy system is responsible for converting ATP to usable form of energy called ADP (adenosine diphosphate). ADP can be produced using three energy system:

·        ATP-CP Phosphagen energy System- used during short term, high intensity activities Ex. Throwing a Shot Put, Sprinting, Olympic lifts of 2-4 reps: Last 1-30 sec   

·        Anaerobic Glycolytic energy System- used during medium/high intensity activities, Ex. Strength/endurance: lasts 30sec-3mins

·        Aerobic energy System- used during long durations of exercise lasting longer than 30 min to 1 hour.

So let’s look at the ATP-CP Phosphagen energy System which is used to produce energy for high intensity, quick powerful bursts of movement. This energy system does not require oxygen to produce ADP from ATP.  Creatine phosphate (which is stored in the skeletal muscles) is used to produce form ADP from ATP. This process is instant and the energy created is used and depleted almost just as fast, causing the athlete to fatigue faster. The goal when training this energy system is to use short bouts of exercise at a minimum volume (number of repetitions) to insure full recovery. As the athlete progresses through the training program the training load is increased not the volume (number of repetitions). This form of training (called Plyometric and or ballistic training) is used to increase the explosiveness of athlete, which increases the force that is produced during movement. Example of these forms of training are Box jumps, Medicine ball throws, and in Olympic lifting. This stress is beneficial to an athlete’s performance because by increasing the force that is produced during movement the athlete can run faster (by producing more force against the ground i.e. Box Jumps), which is referred to as improving the ground force reaction of the foot against the surface, which is essential to improving athletic performance. This energy system should be stressed in a conservative manor because the recovery time is longer than the duration of the energy systems use, and should be performed on a firm yet energy absorbent surface like rubber flooring.  The quality of the explosive movement is more important than quantity of repetitions of the movement.

The second energy system we are going to look at is the Anaerobic Glycolytic energy System, which uses glycogen stores from the muscle and blood glucose to produce energy. This is considered by many trainers (including myself) as the predominate energy system, which is used to produce energy to sustain movements that last 30 sec to 3 minutes. It does not require oxygen but produces lactate acid which causes muscles to fatigue and shut down. The goal when training this energy system is to improve the lactate threshold (which is the time that it take for the muscle to experience limitations due to the accumulation of lactic acid) the athlete. This is an important aspect of improving the muscular endurance of the athlete, which is the goal to decrease the chance of injury and increase their work capacity during competition. Strength training with a focus on limiting the recovery times 30sec to 1min between sets and exercises; also tempo runs (running at 70-80% effort for short distances less than a mile for repetition).

The third energy system we are going to look at is the Aerobic energy system, which uses oxygen to produce APD from body stored fat and skeletal muscle, making it the most complex of the three and the most labor intensive energy system. The Aerobic energy system is used during activities that last for relatively long durations, like 30 min to 1-2+hours. The goal of training this energy system is to improve the cardiovascular efficiency of the athlete. This form of training improves the work capacity of the athlete allowing them to train for longer periods reducing debilitating cardiovascular fatigue. This could be considered the foundation of improving the performance of the athlete. Steady state cardiovascular training such as distance runs between 1-3 miles (depending on the sport the athlete is training) can be used to train this energy system, and some forms of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with recovery times that are limited to less than 1 minute between exercises.  

The goal of any training program should be to develop these energy systems and “train” them to produce the energy in an efficient manor during practice and competition so that energy is readily available to the muscles during physical activity.   All of three energy systems are interdependent of each other, but in most sports one energy system or a combination of two of the three are required to make things happen. This goes into the concept of sport specific training and how to create training programs that are designed specifically to produce the improvements in muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and improvements in speed and power of the athlete. As your youth athlete enters the offseason training program’s make sure that EDS training is the foundation of their training program. 

Over the next few blog post I will be exploring how a training specific energy system can:                  

  • Improve Performance
  • Increase Weight Loss
  • Increase Muscular size and Strength

Your Comments are welcomed below! 

                 

 

The Right Formula: Supplementation for Health and Performance

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Finding the right supplement to give you that edge to reach your health and performance goals can be overwhelming. With all of the choices available it can seem nearly impossible to chose the most complete supplement to include in your nutrition plan . There are hundreds of companies that develop and sell supplements world wide, and in the United States did you know that there is no regulated testing method, or system of evaluation that reassures the consumer that the supplements that they are buying contain the ingredients listed on the packaging. Shocking right! Its like a game of russian roulette with a powder scoop.  You need to know if there are any potentially harmful ingredients that may cause injury or banned substances that my lead to suspension and loss of playing time. Since the supplement industry is not regulated by a government agency like the FDA, anyone can create a supplement and sell it on the open market.  

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Here are several resources to help guide you and give you feedback on the supplements you chose.  

If you have questions about any supplements here are three third party dietary supplementation certification organizations that you can go to their website and consult: 

·       The Gold Standard In Dietary Supplement Certification(link)

·        ConsumerLab.com(link)

·        NSF International(link)