Posts Tagged ‘boddicker’
Filed under: corrective exercise, Testing and Evaluation
Product Review: Secrets of Primitive Patterns
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 16th, 2010
In the past several months it seems that the concept of primitive patterns and developmental kinesiology has taken hold in both the performance and rehabilitation communities. This popularity can be linked to the distribution of the Prague School's (and Dr. Kolar's) ideas and theories regarding antagonist co-activation, which has come about through extensive study of developmental kinesiology and includes reflexive creeping and turning over as w...
Filed under: motivation
Freeing yourself for unlimited progress
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 1st, 2010
In every person's life we have certain influences. Some of these influences are positive while others are negative. Take a minute to write down two lists. In one column, write down habits, things, or people who help push you toward things about which you are most passionate. In the other, write down the habits, things, or people who hold you back from the things that you'd like to accomplish. Once done, take a step back and look at the...
Filed under: coaching
Evidence Based Practice
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 22nd, 2010
Over the course of my career, I feel that I have evolved from a coach who went on what I had thought made sense based on information I got in your various bodybuilding and fitness outlets, from a guy who made decisions based on what other coaches were using with success, to finally someone who is an evidence based practitioner. But what exactly is Evidence Based Practice? Now I feel like "evidence based practice" has become a buzz word in th...
Filed under: Announcements, corrective exercise
Alleviating Ailing Ankles: Part 2
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 4th, 2010
In the first round of Alleviating Ailing Ankles, I discussed the function of the ankle joint and demonstrated a few exercises to help achieve additional range of motion in dorsiflexion. While on the surface it seemed to be a very extensive article, luckily for you and I alike, the foot and ankle are extremely complicated and thus true ankle health and “mobility” is a multifactorial issue, and often j...
Filed under: corrective exercise
Improve Pec Minor, Improve Breathing Patterns
by Carson Boddicker on Nov 25th, 2009
As I noted in Retraining the Ribcage, people often go to secondary respiratory muscles when the diaphragm is dysfunctional. Often you'll see the scalenes kick into overdrive to elevate the ribs (middle and anterior scalenes attach the the first rib, and posterior to second or third rib) and aid in respiration. Another common compensation is pec minor lighting up to elevate the ribs (due to it's attachment to the thrid to fifth ribs). While ...
Filed under: Running
Running is a Skill…
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 3rd, 2009
The other day I met a friend at a local trail system to go for a quick run. In the parking lot, there was a large group of runners gathering to do the same route as my friend and I so we decided to tag along for a bit of fun and conversation. About halfway through the run one gentleman looked over to my friend and said, “Wow! You have such a pretty stride.” When my friend went on to tell him that he has spent a great deal of time trying t...
Filed under: Running, strength training
The Glue That Holds It Together
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 2nd, 2009
I recently had a conversation with Mike Robertson that made me look at volumes I would prescribe in the weight room. Long ago, I used to say that I saw no need for any distance runner to go above a 6 rep set in the weight room, and by and large I still believe it to be a reasonable system. This was to keep the work highly neural and to minimize the chance of hypertrophy. However, Mike made the point that people sometimes fail to recognize t...
Filed under: Running
Stage Loading Endurance Athletes
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 30th, 2009
I like to experiment, plain and simple. There is not a lot of things that I won't try at least once. I have hiked through Nepal, I have lived for weeks in the woods, and I have tried the peanut butter and jelly omelett, which was suprisingly delicious. My desire to experiment has also spilled over into my training and coaching. I have no problem adding something in, if only to find out if it will be effective. If it improves performance...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology
The amazing body…
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 29th, 2009
As I was doing a bit of reading last night, I was stuck with yet another fact about the body that made me realize exactly how amazing and adaptable the body can be. It was the story of a girl born without a tibia in one leg, which is the main weight-bearing bone of the lower leg. Over time, however, her fibula began to take on morphologies until it was indistinguishable from the tibia of the other leg. Think about that. The body is so goo...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running, strength training
Push ups, sit ups, and runners.
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 27th, 2009
A long time ago, when I first wanted to know how to train efficiently, effectively, and intelligently I got a piece of advice that has been instrumental in my development. I was given a list of books, and was told to keep them around and periodically re-read them as you'll almost certainly pick up something you forgot or missed the first time. So I was giving a read of the first book I ever read about running: John Nepolitan's Training Prof...