Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 1/26/18

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Lets jump right into it this week.

But First…..

1) Mark Fisher Fitness Presents: Motivate & Movement LAB

I’ve had the honor of presenting at two previous iterations of the Motivate & Movement LAB (the brainchild of MFF’s Harold Gibbons) and it’s unequivocally one of the most unique events in the fitness industry.

Think: TED Talk, but with deadlifts and lots of f-bombs.

Anyways, the next LAB is this coming February, and will feature myself, Dan John, Pete Dupuis, my wife (Dr. Lisa Lewis), and several of the MFF coaching staff including Brian Patrick Murphy and Amanda Wheeler.

2) The Fitness Summit

I had to take a break from The Fitness Summit last year for two reasons:

1. Eating way too many cookies.

2. But mostly because I succeeded in making a baby and my wife would have tossed me so much shade if I was all like “Hey Babe, going to KC for three days. Toodles.”

Well this year I’m back and excited to take part in a Fitness Summit first. Dean Somerset and I will be putting on a Pre-Conference day where we’ll spend a few hours test driving some new material as a follow-up to our Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint.

Tentatively titled The More Completer Hip & Shoulder Blueprint.

We’ll be taking deep dive into squat and deadlift technique: discussing ankle, foot, hip and upper extremity considerations in conjunction with regressions/progressions and programming. Whether you’re a coach or just someone who likes to lift heavy things you’ll undoubtedly learn something. And if not, cool, you still get to hang out with us for a few hours.

Registration is now open for returning and new attendees. Come experience one of the best fitness events of the year.

3) Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

I’ll go a head and say it: I feel this is one of the single most important courses I have ever taken.

If you train women it behooves you to understand the intricacies surrounding this topic: pelvic floor dysfunction, prolapse, incontinence, etc.

Dr. Sarah Duvall covers everything from assessment/screening to corrective exercise (tons of attention to proper breathing mechanics) to training considerations immediately postpartum (1-4 weeks) onward to a year plus.

What’s more, what I truly dig about Sarah’s approach is that she advocates women to eventually “lift shit to fix shit” (my words, not hers). Sooooo, there’s that.

FYI: TODAY (1/26) is the last day to register for this go-round. However you can use the coupon code TONYG at checkout for an additional $50 off your purchase. You know, cause I’m awesome.

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work

How to Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Dan Pope

The link above takes you to Part IV (of what I assume will be a IV part series). Dan’s stuff is phenomenal.

Part 1 = Double Leg Jumping

Part 2 = Single Leg Jumping

Part 3 = Advanced Double Leg Jumping

Part 4 = Advanced Single Leg Jumping

*** All links are in the link above.

5 Redundant Exercises You Just Don’t Need – Nick Tumminello

Nick’s smart.

Listen to Nick.

Muscle Soreness – Lance Goyke

What’s the deal with being sore after workouts?

Is it supposed to happen? Does it get better? What can you do to lessen the amplitude?

Lance chimes in with some simple advice.

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One of the best lessons I’ve learned as a gym owner – and this goes back to my Cressey Sports Performance days – is that when it comes to equipment purchases you have to think economically and take into account several factors such as demographic you cater to and total space available. Would I like to have a big, beautiful lat pull down or row machine? Hell yeah. But it’s not feasible given I only have 800 sq. feet to work with AND I don’t feel like dropping $1000. Solution? I picked up this nifty pulley system from @spudincstraps. It takes up next to nothing in terms of space, can hold a metric shit-ton of weight (which is a shade more than a metric boat-load), and it only cost me $99.

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