Archive | June, 2012

Jeff P. Gets A ‘Strong’ Education

12 Jun

Here’s the second installment of Jeff P’s recap of his trip to the East Coast to learn from some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the world of strength and conditioning. You can read Jeff’s first post here. To learn more about these coaches, follow the embedded links.

 

The 3rd Annual Eleiko Strength Summit was equally exciting to attend. Here, the Swedish company that produces the best barbells and plates in the world hosted guest speakers to present on topics related to weightlifting and strength development. Here’s a quick summary.

Charles presented on the eccentric/concentric ratio and its application to sports as well as a demonstration of exercises. Preston Greene, the head strength coach for Florida Gators basketball, lectured on strength and conditioning methods for college athletes and took us through his training methods for an entire basketball season. It was interesting and humorous watching a montage of the athletes’ strongman workouts.

Al Vermeil, the only strength coach to sport two championship rings (one with the 49ers and the other with the Chicago Bulls), lectured on “the art of coaching” and was extremely enthusiastic about aspects of positively motivating athletes to perform at their best. Many of us stayed after to keep talking with Al about training methods.

Tamas Feher, the current UK Olympic weightlifting head coach, lectured on strength development of athletes particularly in relation to using the snatch and clean and jerk. It was interesting to hear from his point-of-view, as weightlifting has greater emphasis overseas than it does in the US. Another Olympic weightlifting coach, Jon Broz talked about his experiences with weightlifting using high volume to achieve maximal levels of strength. Finally, the 1997 World champion and head of Eleiko Russia, Maxim Agapitov spoke about his experiences with weightlifting and coached us through the clean and jerk exercise.

 

This was one of the more memorable trips I have taken. This post doesn’t do justice to the wealth of information but at least it can provide some insight into the new movements and strategies I hope to implement for the benefit of everyone at FIT!

For more information, feel free to contact me at: jeffery@focusedtrainers.com

 

Jeff P. loves helping people to get stronger whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior, or looking to achieve optimal health. Just ask him.

FIT Partners with Bald Eagle Summer Camps

8 Jun

In our efforts to build up the leadership and health of our youth, FIT has partnered with Bald Eagle Summer Camps. FIT trainers will be coaching at the summer camps every Wednesday starting at 9:20am. Summer camps run every week from the week of June 11th to July 18th (except the week of July 4th).

What are Bald Eagle Summer Camps?

Good question. Bald Eagle offers 3 unique Summer Camps on one location, and in each venue the Positive Coaching Alliance message is taught and modeled.  Parent Testimonials rave that Bald Eagle Camps is one of the best summer experiences you can give your child.

What will kids learn at Bald Eagle Summer Camps?

Campers learn what it means to be a Triple Impact Competitor, making the most out of themselves, being a great teammate and having a positive impact on the game and community around them.  Every coach at Bald Eagle is a Certified Double Goal Coach through PCA, creating a camp culture that is rich with encouragement, inclusion and passion to be your best.

Parents have three camps to choose from:

CAMP 1: Summer Sports Camp (1st-8th graders)

  • Campers participate with their team in the morning in our non-traditional inclusive yet competitive games
  • Afternoons are traditional activities such as swimming, basketball, volleyball, hockey, whiffle ball, frisbee golf, arts & crafts, indoor Activity Arcade, kickball, flag football and many, many more.
  • Our message on how to be a great competitor is emphasized throughout.

CAMP 2: Basketball Summer Camp (3RD-8th)

  • Basketball campers will walk away with improved skills and a deeper passion for becoming their best.
  • Skill development stations, Fundamentals,  Fun Competitions, Game Play
  • Free Choice period where they get to spend 45 min doing any activity across our Sports Camp like swimming, etc.
  • Daily Emphasis Skills, guest speaker, tournament games or competitions.
  • Our message on how to be a great competitor is emphasized throughout.

CAMP 3: Jr.High Leadership Camp “NEW!” (7th-8th)

  • How important is it for a young person to have clarity on the type of person they are aiming to become while they trudge through the onslaught of peer pressure in Jr. High and High School?
  • Bald Eagle Camps founder, Bob McFarlane, is a Special Ed & PE teacher at Los Altos High School.  He is also the Head Varsity Basketball Coach and the founding Advisor of the Fellowship Of Christian Athletes (FCA) Club at LAHS.  This camp design serves a broad range of camper strengths, skills and interests.
  • The benefits from our Leadership Camp are immeasurably positive because it teaches and tangibly develops the skills to support a successful transition to being a young adult.

Visit www.baldeaglecamps.com , or call (888)505-2253 for more info.

You can also email Danielle Durante at danielle@focusedtrainers.com

Jeff P. Embraces New Strategies for Fat Loss

5 Jun

At FIT, our trainers take their education seriously. We pride ourselves on seeking out the best information available to continually serve our clients better. On occasion, our trainers take time to attend education. Today’s post is brought to you by Jeff P. who recently attended a seminar by well-respected strength coach Charles Poliquin.

 

Last month, I spent 7 days at the Poliquin Performance Center in East Greenwich, RI to take the Biosignature Modulation course, as well as attend the 3rd Annual Eleiko Strength Summit.

Developed and taught by Coach Charles Poliquin, Biosignature Modulation (or, biosig for short) is an individualized method of body fat loss. Basically, specific receptor sites on the body are blocked and lead to dysfunction- that is, there is a relationship between where you store body fat and your hormones. Technically speaking, there actually is such a thing as ‘spot-reduction’ in fat loss.

For example, that stubborn tummy-fat is an indicator of prolonged exposure to the hormone cortisol (a.k.a. low grade adrenaline). Cortisol stimulates abdominal fat synthesis by inhibiting growth hormone. The good news is that this can be reversed through recommended dietary and supplement intervention.

During class we discussed the relationships of 6 key hormones and 12 sites on the body as well as the methods for modulating these sites. For example, increasing magnesium intake has shown to improve insulin sensitivity, improve quality of sleep, and improve cortisol management (anti-stress).

We also practiced measuring the sites 3 times a day for 30 minutes each. Coach Poliquin’s teaching method is geared for 70% retention: 40 minutes lecture, 10-point review, 5-15 minute break, repeat with or without 20-30 minute practice. With over 100 pages of notes, I’ll testify that it is quite effective and consequently very helpful!

 

If you’re interested in finding out how Jeff’s Biosignature practice might be able to help you, feel free to contact him at jeffery@focusedtrainers.com.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Jeff’s experience where he shares his insights from the Eleiko Strength Summit.

Exercise Reduces Neuropathic Pain

3 Jun

ScienceDaily recently reviewed an interesting study examining the effect of exercise on nerve pain such as that caused by trauma or diabetes. The study suggests that “Exercise helps to alleviate pain related to nerve damage by reducing levels of certain inflammatory factors.”

 

The Gist

Researchers examined the effects of sciatic nerve pain in rats. Post-injury, some rats performed progressive exercise including swimming and walking on a treadmill over several weeks while researchers monitored observable pain behaviors.

The researchers noticed a significant reduction in neuropathic pain in the group that performed exercise post-injury. Those suffering from nerve injuries are known to have abnormal pain responses to changes in pressure or to changes in temperature. The researchers observed that the exercise group did not show abnormal pain responses when they encountered changes to these elements and thus the researchers attributed this to a reduced pain response.

 

The Nitty-Gritty

Previous studies have suggested that inflammation (including pro-inflammatory cytokines) play a significant role in the neuropathic pain response to nerve injury. Researchers found that exercise led to an increased expression of a protein which may have contributed to a reduced expression of the inflammation-promoting cytokines in sciatic nerve tissue.

 

Why We Care

When dealing with nerve pain that cannot be controlled with conventional pain medication, many attempt to regulate nerve pain using antidepressant drugs or others that carry unwanted side effects.

We know that exercise can help reduce pain in people with chronic conditions, so why not also in those with neuropathic pain?

While exercise may not eliminate nerve injury pain, if it can reduce pain up to 50% as demonstrated in this study, this is a significant step in the right direction towards reducing the inflammation in injured nerve tissue.