Technically Correct But Useless Information: Does reviewing video work for overthinkers?

Technically Correct But Useless Information

Different people require different coaching. In this article, I will talk about:

  • What to do when you give a few cues, and your client’s movement keeps getting worse
  • The allure of technically correct but useless information
  • Three rules of thumb on how to coach overthinkers

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Thresholds of Motor learning: Emergent properties of motor control

Thresholds of Motor Learning

I wanted to take a break from all the physiology I’ve been talking about on here and take a minute to talk about something I’m really passionate about.

A few years ago I kind of became obsessed with how the nervous system produces movement. There are all these joints and muscles and things that have to be coordinated at the right time for your brain and body to work together to produce meaningful movement. It’s fascinating.

But it’s also kind of quirky that slightly changing one thing about an exercise or drill can spell disaster for some people’s nervous system, ultimately changing their movement for the worse.

In this video I go through “THE BIG 3”, and how “THE BIG 3” interact to help the nervous system decide how you should move at that instant in time. As a coach, being able to alter “THE BIG 3” changes how the nervous system operates, and can help you hack your coaching.

We’ll discuss:

  • What is motor learning?
  • Dynamic systems theory in motor control
  • Motor control “thresholds” and training
  • The application of all this theory to actual training
3 Acceleration Issues: Overstriding, understriding, and poor relative strength

3 Acceleration Issues

Acceleration? It’s kiiiinda important.

Shocker I know.

Today we’re going to discuss three different issues that either lead to (a) mechanical breakdown, or (b) underperformance.

The examples show three different athletes:

  1. Overstriding
  2. Understriding
  3. Poor relative strength

Here’s last month’s video that I referenced in the beginning: Become a Better Coach by Evaluating Your Sessions

Expand Your Business Reach with Facebook

Expand Your Business Reach with Facebook

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Strength Coach Physics: What exercise is right for your client?

The Uncut, Behind the Scenes Look at Self-Improvement

A note from Tony…

You have seen a few videos up from me lately, but this one was really important to me and wanted Lance to put it up. I spent the weekend with the Strength Faction crew out in Chicago, learned a ton, and was taken a back from how open everyone was with their experiences. One theme that seemed to come up was Impostor Syndrome. People who were talking had this crazy idea in their head that they weren’t suppose to share what they had. That they weren’t these educators or role models, but impostors.

I came into IFAST early 2016 to start working with my mentors from the previous summer. I was in genuine awe of Bill, Mike, Lance, Ty, and Jae. Everyone was just so driven, so intelligent, it was intimidating. I felt like I was an impostor. I was afraid to speak up at every staff meeting for the first few months of my employment. Over time, I realized that the uneasy feeling I felt walking into every staff in-service was a sign I was getting better.

I have a tattoo on my arm, a quote from Winston Churchill that says, “Success is Not Final, Failure Is Not Fatal, It is the Courage to Continue that Counts.” By quitting my education in Buffalo, moving to Indianapolis, and working with some of the smartest minds in the industry, I was making myself better. I was more confident in my answers to interns that were 4 or 5 years my senior. I was speaking more confidently in group settings. I got the courage to write paragraphs like this one. Yes, I was getting better, I had the courage to continue, but that doesn’t mean its easy. Before I present any information, I ask my mentors, the people I work with and trust to pick my work apart.

This video isn’t easy to watch, and it was one of the most uncomfortable 2 hours I have experienced in a while, but this is what happens when you want to educate. You have to be willing to put yourself out there, be vulnerable, get let down, and realize THEY ARE HELPING YOU. These questions, this uneasy air I had to stand in for 2 hours made me go back and read and re-read everything, and you know what, I can sum all of that physics and mechanics stuff up into a 5 minute conversation if I needed to. That is when you know it, and I wouldn’t have gotten to that point if not for my friends making sure I was on point.

So when you have an idea, want to educate, collaborate and put yourself out there, know you are going to get some feedback you might not want to hear. That is what is going to send your next blog post to the next level, or make the book you’ve been writing more understandable to a larger audience. So let’s all be honest with each other, hold me to the same standard you hold yourself, and let’s get better in the process.

This video is the “rough cut” of my recent presentation on physics for strength coaches. If you’d like to learn the physics of differing movements, watch that. If you want to get an idea for how thoughts evolve, watch this.

Strength Coach Physics

Here are the cliff notes:

  • Ballistic exercises are your jumps, while non-ballistic exercises are your weight training.
  • Ballistic exercises tend to transfer over to movement, while non-ballistic exercises build force output.
  • Power is how fast you can produce force.
  • You have athletes that are powerful because they are fast, and athletes that are powerful because they are strong.
  • You need to train different types of power (especially the type you’re lacking) to become a complete athlete. Tweet: You need to train different types of power to become a complete athlete

Classifying Your Athlete

There are an infinite number of variables that go into training an athlete. Filtering out what your athlete is lacking is the key to developing results that transfer over to their sport — and transfer quickly.

In this presentation, I go over different types of athletes you might encounter, what they have going for them, what they generally need to improve, and how to objectively distinguish between them.

Any questions? Comment below or bring them over to the Facebook group.

If you’d like to know more about the Force and Power Manual that Ty Terrell and I wrote, you can download the first chapter here for free.

Expand Your Business Reach with Social Media Videos

Expand Your Business Reach with Social Media Videos

Social media can help you expand your business reach, respond quickly to customers, build credibility and loyalty, and help new clients find you. Nonetheless, 24% of small businesses have ZERO social media presence. This month, we kick off a series designed to help you understand and maximize your social media potential.

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Fatigue and Repeat Power in Velocity-Based Training

Fatigue and Repeat Power in Velocity-Based Training

Fatigue is the arch enemy of athletes in every sport.

Understanding potential causes of fatigue can drive your programming and exercise selection, making it more beneficial and specific than ever.

In this video, I wanted to break down the physiology of potential mechanisms of fatigue starting at the brain and working down to the muscles. Then, we’ll talk through how you can use velocity-based training (VBT) to monitor fatigue levels during training sessions. If you have access to velocity-based training equipment knowing WTF to do with it is more than half the battle. Don’t worry — we’ll go through some of that too.

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How to Deal with Slow Days in the Gym

How to Deal With Slow Days In the Gym

Afternoons at IFAST are often raucous. You might see upwards of fifteen clients per hour, with five or six high school athletes being coached by Ty, three or four adult clients being coached by Tony, and a handful of other clients who are working out on their own. The music is loud, the athletes are loud, the clanking plates are loud, and the atmosphere is booming. It’s difficult to step into IFAST in the afternoon and not feel motivated to train hard.

Mornings are often quieter. Mondays and Wednesdays tend to be busy, Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be less busy, and Fridays are all over the place. As a semi-private coach, my max is four clients per hour. But during a quiet hour, I might be coaching one client at a time, with one or two interns in tow.

If you are in the beginning stages of your career, or in owning your business, you will probably spend a lot of time dealing with quiet days. Quiet days can mean less movement, less noise, and the appearance of an unsuccessful business. A quiet gym can be less exciting or motivating for some clients.

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The How and Why Behind IFAST Powerlifting Meets

The How and Why Behind IFAST Powerlifting Meets

For the past five years, we’ve hosted 1-2 powerlifting meets per year.

It doesn’t generate much revenue, and in fact, we often lose money on the endeavor.

So why on Earth do we host an event that we lose money on?

It’s a great question, so let’s dive right in.

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Frontal Plane Compensation in Baseball

Frontal Plane Compensation in Baseball

This off-season, I noticed an interesting little “cheat” that my baseball players had.

In this post, I’m going to

  • Show you the fault they were making
  • Describe why I think it is faulty
  • Talk through the biomechanics
  • Give you some exercises to fix this fault if you’re seeing it in your baseball players

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Lanterns, Hats, and Self-Care

Lanterns, Hats, and Self-Care

As the old saying goes,

An empty lantern provides no light.

As entrepreneurs, we wear so many hats (and look downright fabulous in all of them), but for many of us, the more hats we add to our collection, that self-care hat falls to the back of our closets.

As your business grows, what do you do to keep your balance? Here are some tips and tools to help you in your quest to keep your lantern lit.

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Freeze!: A cue for fixing your client's positional faults quickly and effectively


Do you ever have athletes or clients who struggle with exercises? Of course you do. That’s called having job security for us coaches.

One of my favorite coaching tools in my toolbox is one that I think is underutilized. It’s called, “Freeze!” In this article, we will discuss:

  • Why “freeze” is my most used coaching tool
  • Where and how to use this tool
  • Example cases

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