60+ Lessons from the 2012 Midwest Performance Enhancement Seminar

Our 2012 Midwest Performance Enhancement Seminar was a lot of fun and full of some really smart people. Here’s a slice of what I learned this past weekend from some of the best in the industry. Enjoy!

Lee Taft

Movement should be reflexive.

Consider adductor eccentric loading to prevent groin strains from hip abduction.

Playing tag is a great teacher of movement.

I screwed athletes up over the years because I talk too much!

If you’re always training deceleration, you’re doing a disservice to the speed and quickness your athletes need.

Good dorsiflexion is critical for proper deceleration.

When cutting, don’t let the shoulder get outside the plant foot.

Bill Hartman

Posture will define how you breathe, and breathing will determine your posture.

If you don’t want to wet your pants when you cough or sneeze, you need a strong pelvic floor.

Proper diaphragmatic function and alignment helps decompress the discs.

Improper respiration shifts you into glycolytic metabolism faster.

If you’re teaching breathing without ribcage movement, you’re doing it wrong.

Don’t stretch the shoulder until you know the position of the t-spine and ribcage.

The most common breathing pattern disorder is upper chest/apical breathing.

Females suffer from breathing pattern disorders more than men. The ratio can be anywhere from twice to seven times as likely!

Fix breathing to relax the hip flexors – NOW activate your glutes.

How do most of your clients create spinal stability? They crush their spine.

Pat Rigsby

Look to ADD value for your clients, versus extract value (i.e., money).

Want to add value in your business?

  1. Relationships
  2. OVERdeliver
  3. Continuity
  4. Multiple Streams of Income

If you’re a one-trick pony, when the market changes you’re in big trouble.

Having multiple streams of income makes you recession-resistant.

If you don’t have the motivation to go out and be the best in your area, you are in the wrong niche.

Top 6 lead generators?

  1. Referrals
  2. Power Networking
  3. Facebook
  4. SEO
  5. E-mail marketing
  6. JV’s and Pub Speaking.

Almost every successful business we work with uses e-mail marketing to connect with their clients.

I don’t care if you run a bootcamp, it just shouldn’t look like your typical “bootcamp.”

Rick Huse

A kettlebell is like a pencil; low tech serving a high concept.

Humans are social animals that require leadership. As such, someone must become the leader.

Traveling strongmen & professional wrestlers trained with and performed with kettlebells.

Resistance training changed the appearance of the body very quickly – this was the beginning of bodybuilding.

The 3 individuals most responsible for kettlebells in America? Pavel, Dan Duchane, and Valery Fedorenko.

“Power to the People” by Pavel was a game changer with regard to kettlebell training.

To commemorate the victims of 9/11, Valery Fedorenko did 911 one-arm jerks with a 70-pound kettlebell.

The continuum of kettlebell training spans from Hardstyle/RKC techniques to soft-style which focuses on strength-endurance.

The kettlebell swing pattern becomes the KB snatch and the KB clean.

The goal of soft-style kettlebell training is to minimize tension and fatigue.

Kettlebells are revered in Russia for building work capacity.

Joel Jamieson

Motor potential is the neuromuscular capacity to produce the greatest quantity of mechanical energy per unit time.

When we alter the internal environment, the body tries to restore homeostasis. This is training.

There are two types of stress response: The general response and the specific response.

Periodization is nothing more than an organizational plan.

Periodization is how you organize all the different variables to create the long-term training process.

Block training is not appropriate or necessary for beginners or intermediate-level lifters.

When you train competing qualities, you stay in the middle and don’t progress on either.

You MUST look at the long-term effects of your programming, not just the short-term changes.

Heart rate variability measures acute and cumulative.

Dan John

Make untrained freshman train anything and it will work.

Malaria is a great fat-loss tool.

Everything works – for about 6 weeks.

I have been training since 1965 (that’s a lot of “six weeks!”).

Women can be up to 80% as strong as men in the hips; only 55% as strong in the forearm extensors.

Lesson One: It’s your client’s goal, not yours!

My job is to un-stiffify the thoracic spine

When you take women who are 24% body fat and call them obese, you do tons of psychological damage.

The fitness industry has fallen in love with “tasks” – 6-minute miles, 100 push-ups, etc.

In the fitness industry, we’re too concerned with either/or options. When we only give two options, what are people going to think?

“Punch the clock” workout – sometimes you have to go in and just train.

Increase your absolute strength. Absolute strength is the glass and “everything” else is the liquid.

The role of the strength coach: To make people stronger!

Reward people for compliance.

Abs are fast twitch. The best ab workout I know? Vomit!

My goal in life is to make a difference.




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