“Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.” – Michel de Montaigne
Next weekend I’ll be in Atlanta for the 2013 iteration of the Ancestral Health Symposium. My presentation topic will be, The 21st Century Fitness Professional – A New Paradigm. Needless to say, I am stoked for this event! Now, can I pack all that I want to say into just 20 short minutes? I dunno, that’s no doubt gonna be a tall order.
I’ve spoken about the lifeguard vs swim coach analogy many times; most notably, Skyler Tanner and I spoke about this at the (inaugural) 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium. The idea here being that the current American healthcare system is set up such that everyone gets thrown into the deep end of the pool, and it’s up to the overworked lifeguard to pull the flounderers and flailers to safety. And with that sentence, I just coined a couple of new terms. But you can see what’s going on, here. Our system is fantastic at fixing broken bodies and stamping-out communicable disease, yet absolutely abysmal at preventing the onset of the types of disease reeking such tremendous havoc on our economy — not to mention the quality of life of our citizenry.
Hell, no one (or no country) in their right mind would advocate the root canal as preventive dentistry, yet we do essentially the same thing with our overall healthcare. We as a society absolutely must get a handle on this: sarcopenia, in addition to the other scourges of modernity (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) equate to quality-of-life catastrophes on an individual level, and cumulative economic meltdown on the societal scale.
What this means, quite simply, is that we need some bad-ass swim coaches to send people to. Problem is, those are currently few and far between. At Efficient Exercise, though, we’re ever fine-tuning our talent selection criteria, apprenticeship and training methodologies to bring smart and dedicated professionals to the forefront.
This process is what I intend to define in my talk. As well as what having a bevy of excellent swim coaches will mean to programs such as Robb Wolf’s fantastic work with Specialty Health and City Zero. Testing, identification and tracking is one thing, but we have to have the qualified boots-on-the-ground to pull off the day-to-day implementation.
To round-out the presentation, I’ll include a few client case studies. Think training is easy? After looking at these, you’re liable to change your mind.
Now the good folks at AHS are generally pretty damn quick to get these presentations edited and out, and as soon as they put this one up, I’ll provide a shameless plug link. 😉
And for those who are interested, here’s my presentation from last year’s AHS event.
Defining what works
TTP readers know that I like to weave modalities, vary intensity and volume, and “surf the force-velcoty curve”. And the reasons are quite simple: (1) everything works, but nothing works for ever, (2) muscle responds positively to differing stimulus and, (3) we’ve only got a limited amount of recuperative ability and time in the day, so you better choose wisely vis-a-vis your goals.
Toward that end, make sure you check out Carl Lanore’s Super Human Radio interview of Brad Schoenfeld and Brett Contreras. Does “the pump” really contribute to muscle growth? Absolutely! It’s just not the only thing that contributes to hypertrophy. That these “pump” schemes work, though, really isn’t the proper question. What needs to be determined is whether or not fitting these schemes into your own routine is a proper Five T choice for you. Anyway, it’s a fantastic show. Be sure to check it out.
And in honor of the almighty pump, here’s a quick workout from last week. Now, I like to call this stuff “assistance work”, but it’s nothing more than old-school bodybuilding bro-fun 😉 And the pump from the A1/A2 superset? Skin splitting.
A1 cable incline flyes, 3 x 15
A2 cable bi curls, 3 x 15
B1 reverse hyper, 3 x 20 @270
Very short rest between the A1/A2 sets. Maybe 1 minute or so? Just enough to rearrange the cable machine and dive back into the next exercise. Sun’s out, gunzzz out! 🙂
So…if you’re in Atlanta for the big show next week, be sure to come up and say hi! I really enjoy meeting those who read TTP!
In health, fitness, and ancestral wellness –