Musings & Things to Watch and Listen To – 7.4.15

Happy 4th of July!

Today I want to cover identifying limitations with the toe touch, improving understanding of the handstand, and other items with respect to individual movement qualities.

Elite Training Mentorship – Improving the Toe Touch

ETMWhen I take individuals through the movement assessment process, one quality that often goes overlooked is the ability to touch your toes. There are many aspects involved with improving the “toe touch”, and this webinar I created dives into the logic behind what is involved touching your toes.

Toe Touch (Side & Post)

Many athletes (and former athletes) are often very surprised when they can touch their toes after going through a few of our exercises; I vividly recall one individual who touched their toes for the first time in over 15 years! This is the sort of stuff that excites me. Now that individual has a lowered psychological fear towards falling, tying their shoelaces, picking something up off the ground without fear of back issues.

If you work with any athletes or general population folks who have issues touching their toes, check this webinar out that I created on Elite Training Mentorship! I believe it will be very informational for coaches and trainers out there who are looking to improve results for your clients.

Enhance2DanceTV – Episode 7 – One Limiting Factor for the Handstand

Many talk about shoulder strength, core strength, alignment – all of these items are great, especially when it comes to improving your handstand skills. However, when it comes down to it if you are going to be upside down, you are going to fall. If you can improve your ability to fall with grace, your abilities to improve your handstand abilities will improve twofold.

Check out the newest episode of my dance development program, where I go over this one very undervalued factor when learning how to develop your handstand!

Physical Preparation Podcast – with Mike Robertson featuring Patrick Ward

I find myself listening to various podcasts throughout my week – Tim Ferriss, EliteFTS Sports Performance with Mark Watts, and Iron Game Chalk Talk with Coach McKeefery, to name a few. I’ve engrained this habit from an often long commute up and back to work, often when I’m working multiple jobs, just to keep my head in the game when it comes to strength and conditioning.

Mike Robertson continues to push interesting and thought provoking content out there on the interwebs, and this is no exception to the stream of info that he provides.

Mike Robertson


Patrick Ward is an interesting individual, and his personal journey along with insights into sports data always makes for an interesting 60 minute car trip, to say the least.

Give this among other podcasts a listen to vary your daily thoughts and inputs!

As always,

Keep it funky.


Human Performance Podcast – Episode 1 with Greg Robins

So for better or worse, I and a few others have taken the liberty of going into a more focused and directed path with regards to the medium that is available to us via podcasting. Some will include interviews, others will be focused on education and more modern techniques with regards to movement, strength and conditioning, and fitness. The focus is borrowing from the idea and mission statement from Henry Lau’s Human Performance Forum, going forth with the name of “Human Performance Podcast“. Essentially, the mission statement that is being focused on is…

To educate individuals in human performance in various topics such as, though not limited to movement, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, nutrition; and to bring awareness to unrelated topics/products that might help individuals in the fitness industry.

With this in mind, the format and structure is open for criticism, so feel free to leave any feedback!

Episode 1

Today will feature a podcast with guest Greg Robins and Pat Davidson, where discussion ranges from powerlifting, to Strongman lifting, to technology in training, among other changes in approach that Cressey Sports Performance has been undergoing as of late. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Timestamps on Human Performance Podcast – Episode 1

00:00 – Rebranding and Intro

00:40 – Greg Robins Introduction

1:20 – Personal Lifting and Intern Lifting

3:30 – Miguel’s Personal Nostalgia

5:15 – “Where’s Cressey Performance?”

6:12 – “…in the middle of nowhere.”

7:30 – Greg’s Background

24:40 – Greg’s beginnings on powerlifting

30:40 – “Has your approach changed with regards to powerlifting?”

35:50 – Percentage Based Strongman Training

41:00 – How technology and advances in techniques can change your approach to S&C

44:07 – “…The culture has changed…”

45:00 – “You know what… why don’t you just train harder?”

46:20 – People ask Pat, “Have you gone soft?”

48:20 – Warm-Up Talk

51:17 – Movement Education Drills

57:13 – Specialization Success Guide Chat


1:02:00 – Percentage Based Training Chat

1:05:10 – The Arena – Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

1:10:00 – Powerlifting Seminar and CSP Seminar

1:14:00 – “You want to hurt the ground….”

*Bolded are portions of the podcast that were interesting to me.

You can find more about Greg here at his website, the Strength House.

Greg Robins’ and Eric Cressey’s newest powerlifting product:
Specialization Success Guide (SSG)

Links Talked About
Modifying the Specialization Success Guide

So with all of this in mind, what else can we cover that you aren’t getting? How can we help you improve at your game as a coach and trainer? Please leave a comment below and thank you in advance!

As always,

Keep it funky.


Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 2 with Pat Davidson

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Pat Davidson, and this time around we had a lot more time to discuss stress adaptations, bio-energetics, and of course PRI. Fortunately for you, we definitely went over our 30 minute allotted time slot that I attempted to preserve.

Here is the first 3 hour long podcast – Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 1 with Pat Davidson.

I’m also in the process of looking towards making this more audio-friendly for our commuter friends, as this video on Google Hangout can’t be accessed from a mobile device (as far as I know).

In any case, here are some notes I took during the second interview, and some of the books and authors we had to discuss.

I do not profit from these links in anyway. I would tell you otherwise. ;)

Books, Authors, and Courses Discussed

Vladimir Issurin – Block Periodization

Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Anti-Fragile

Postural Restoration Institute – Courses

UPDATE: Here is a Soundcloud version! :)

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Timeline of Events

1:50 – Pat’s New Logistics
2:50 – PRI and Adaptation
9:20 – “PRI is a recovery BOMB.”
9:38 – “You can only train as much as you can recover.”

Google Hangout - Pat Davidson
10:00 – What are the intangibles needed to be a successful Strongman athlete?
12:35 – How do you approach nutrition in the coming weeks for a Strongman competition?
13:45 – Satiation, Food and Inflammation
16:07 – Strongman Training Volume, and Prepping for Competitions
20:50 – Suck It Up, and Do Work!
21:00 – Do you use any technology to assist in training?
24:04 – Fragile vs Anti-Fragile
29:45 – “…You’re basically throwing yourself head first off a cliff.”
31:07 – Mouthguard Discussion
33:20 – PRI Reference Centers
43:24 – “You have all the money in the world. What does your dream strength and conditioning facility look like?”
44:28 – If we were to look into your fridge right now, what would we find?
45:12 – “You’re driving to a training session. What is playing on your radio before you get to the facility?”
46:40 – “What kind of “hard skills” do you believe you need to succeed as a strength and conditioning coach?”
50:54 – “People undervalue specificity.”
52:05 – “Corrective Exercise is a scalpel…”

As always,

Keep it funky.