December Links and Review

Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.

Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on in December

If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below.  That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

Biggest Lesson of the Month

I’ve been thinking a lot about generalism and specialism. Becoming a generalist involves implementing things with an individual that intend to have systemic effects, whereas the specialist implements things that intend to have a specific effect.

Think about encouraging your clients to sleep effectively, eat more vegetables, and move effectively. Implementing these three strategies will lead to system-wide effects first and foremost, and may impact a specific goal that you have. These are the tools of a generalist

On the flipside, consider a surgical procedure, medication, etc. These modalities have a higher likelihood of meeting a specific goal first and foremost, but the system-wide effect is less certain.

Though upon careful reflection on this thought, really anything we implement as a generalist or specialist is riddled with uncertainty.

Both types of practitioners are necessary to maximize health, longevity, and/or performance.

Quote of the Month

“Ego is about who’s right. Truth is about what’s right.” ~Mike Maples Jr

Ego is something I’ve been working on getting control of over the last year, and it has been most impactful in my overall happiness and well being. I just wish I took this quote to heart much earlier in life.

Hike of the Month

Hiking frequency has gone down a bit because it’s so…dang…cold, but I had a dope hike at Joshua Tree.

#throwback to older times, fam

It wasn’t the most challenging hike, but had a wide variety of things to see. Whether it was an old mine, or climbing a mountain, you could definitely get your nature gains on point.

And the Joshua Trees themselves, Hyoooge. Way bigger than any of the others I’ve ever seen.

Rehabilitation

Is keeping up with evidence realistic? Welcome to a Blog I’d Like to Read

Peter Attia is one of the most interesting MDs I’ve come across. While most of this blog talks about his plans for the future, his thoughts on keeping up with the evidence are worth the read alone.

Destruction of a medical divide with “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” Belongs on a Tombstone

Douglas Kechijian just keeps killing it with content. In this post, Doug provides coherent critiques on the supposed separation between CAM and EBM. The two aren’t as far off as you think.

Here are Three Reasons to Consider Travel PT

Here are the reasons why I considered this wonderful job style.

The struggles of keeping up with the EBP Joneses.

With the shear amount of journal articles released on a given day, it can be near impossible to stay fully evidenced-based.

Here is a quick little tip on how I keep up with the research if you aren’t already doing this.

Research shows breathing critical for survival

So you should probably master the basics on how to do so. Daddy-O-Pops Bill Hartman put out a great article this week titled Breathing Exercises to Move Better and Reduce pain.

In this joint, pops goes over why breathing retraining is important, how it can impact movement, and how to master the basics.

Definitely check this one out.

How to reach like a legend

I found quite an effective cue that I’ve been using as of late to enhance reaching-based activities.

Many times, peeps will round their back as opposed to retracting the thorax, but if you use this cue, the problem is often solved.

Give it a shot!

Performance

Do you even recover, bruh? 

All Pain, No Gain: Why High Intensity Training Obsession Has Failed Us All thinks otherwise.

I was first made aware of the constrained theory of energy expenditure by Mike Roussell, and Joel Jamison takes the concept to another level. This article made me really think about how I am approaching building my own fitness, and just how important recovery is.

Excited to make it through the series as it comes out.

What these coaches want from a strength coach.

Monitoring players for fitness and fatigue: what do coaches want helps bridge that gap.

One of the most challenging aspects I had with sports science is getting buy-in from the coaching staff.

Here, Yan Le Meur boils it down to the most important aspects that a coach wants to know, as well as which variables are most actionable from an intervention standpoint. It’s an infographic I wish I had while in the league.

Insights on assessment

Thoroughly enjoyed Dean Somerset’s take on What Assessments Work Best.

I love how Dean preached individualization in regards to the assessment process. Many times we seek models that place clients into buckets or patterns, but Dean reminds us to keep the client’s goals in mind. This cannot be emphasized enough.

Sports science overrated???!?!

Hearing Doug Kechijian’s podcast with Fergus Connolly definitely has me thinking so.

In this podcast, Fergus talks about why it is hard to make decisions on sports science data, why you should sleep on technology for awhile, why the art of coaching is still relevant, and so much more.

You and your science. pshh.

Personal Development

The One Key to Happiness

Moving from Impressing Others to Impressing Yourself was a very salient read for me.

Many times we all fall into the trap of saving face, of looking good in front of other people. Trent Hamm provides a coherent argument against this type of thinking in order to curb spending.

But the lessons extend well beyond money.

Kill those unproductive days with Death Clock

Ever find yourself having a hankering to watch just one Youtube video only to find yourself watching 6 hours worth of cat videos? This app, which Tim Ferris exposed me to, nips that time waster in the bud by showing roughly how many days are left in your life. Like sand through the hourglass or something, fam (see what I did there?)

Turning 30 is all types of hell…

But my boi Seth Oberst makes the most of it.

Seth recently reflected on the 30 lessons he learned by age 30, and I found the post incredibly inciteful. I’d call it part rehab, part philosophical, part psychological, and full awesome.

Learning from a cat like Seth has made me a much more well-rounded clinician.

Confidence low? Become a philospher

More specificially, a Stoic philosopher.

In Eric Barker’s Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Confident, Eric discusses strategies that the Stoics used, which are also used in cognitive behavioral therapy, to improve confidence levels when things go awry.

My favorite has to be challenging distored thoughts. Way more productive than challenging your mortal facebook enemy on Dry Needling for the 17th time this month.

Appreciate stoicism and you too, may have a bust built in your honor someday!

The choice is yours…or is it?

Making decisions can be an overwhelming process.

So do fewer of them.

In Choosing without Deciding, Seth Godin briefly provides an effective strategy for deliberating on decisions that require deliberation, and leaving less important choices to easier means.

Health & Wellness

Helping save healthcare with Chris Kresser – Unconventional Medicine

More great Robb Wolf podcasts. This time, it was my boi Chris Kresser. I absolutely love some of the solutions he presents to saving healthcare, as well as how salient he creates awareness of the problem of healthcare.

Am I stressing you out? Doubtful according to Andrew Bernstein – The Myth of Stress

Stressors are a myth. It’s all in how you react to stress. Hearing that concept alone is worth the listen from yet again, another great Robb Wolf podcast.

Are you selling your sleep short?

If you only give yourself 7 totals hours in bed (with 1 hour of scouring the cats of Instagram), chances are your sellling your sleep game short.

In this great read called How to Get a Tiny Bit More Sleep, Melissa Dahl discusses the concept of sleep opportunity. Something we rarely consider when we are trying to catch those z’s.

You can have holiday cookies…

If you are getting after it the rest of the time.

In a wonderful post, Daddy-O Pops Bill Hartman talks about How to Eat Whatever You Want Over the Holidays and not Feel Guilty. Having the habits in place throughout the rest of the year is the key to enjoying the holidays guilt-free.

The benefits of a digital detox

If there is one thing I struggle with, being an internet cat and all, it’s getting too engrossed into technology.

In Digital Detox: How and Why to Recharge Your Mind with an Unplugged Weekend, Drew Housman discusses what his experience was like eliminating technology, and the incredible benefits he obtained from it.

The two things I am attempting to do: go hike more (no service no problems) and airplane mode the first 30 minutes of when I get up.

Your time restricted eating questions have been answered

Round 2 of Rhonda Patrick’s podcast with Satchin Panda talks about how coffee impacts circadian rhythm, practical implementations, the difference between 16:8 fasting and TRE, and so much more. A very fun listen.

Music

So uh, Blackbear released an incredible mixtape…

NOTE: NSFW, lots o’ foul language with this one.

So a cat who I’ve been really digging, Blackbear, released a new mixtape called Cybersex, and it’s unbelievable.

For those who don’t know who Blackbear is, imagine if Jason Mraz became punk, hip hop, R&B, all in one, then up the attitude by 1000x. Then you have Blackbear.

This album shows his range of talents, and he hangs with many of the awesome features, including Cam’ron (#diplomats), Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, and many more.

My top 3 tracks: Playboy Shit, Bright Pink Tims, and Gucci Linen.

So why aren’t you listening to CyHi the Prynce?

After I was sadly disappointed with Eminem’s newest album (which really hurts because he is my top emcee), I was lost. Was there going to be anymore good hip hop released?

Then I listen to No Dope on Sundays by CyHi the Prynce, and my faith was restored.

I tried to think of my top tracks, but really the album from start to finish is absolutely awesome. Even the trap-y tracks are rock solid. Amazing features, and street poetry at its finest.

No more sleepin’ on CyHi, fam.

Which goodies did you find useful? Comment below and let me know what you think.

Photo Credits

Sports Authority of India

J.D. Falk

Wikipedia

Top 10 Posts of 2017

At the end of each year, I like to see what you beautiful…sexy…outstanding people liked the most from the jazz I be putting out.

I want to understand you. Let me in!!!!

While most of the top 10 were in the exercise-specific realm, I didn’t really see a common trend. It seems as though my fam have eclectic tastes.

It’s probably why we get along so well!

I want to thank you, the fam, for making 2017 an outstanding year. It has been all the comments, questions, stories, and praise that keeps me outputting content for you.

I got some big things planned for 2018, and we may mix up the format a bit, but I think you will like the changes.

But enough rambling. Let’s check out the top 10. First off…

10. Resilient Movement Foundations Course Review

Squat game on point, fam

One of my favorite classes of the year,  put on by my fam from Resilient. Here we learned all the fundamental keys to effective movement, how to perform the big lifts savagely well, and how to use specific movements to improve joint position in these lifts.

Follow these guys, they are some of the biggest stewards of the profession.

9. Practical Pain Education

Chinese version

My thoughts on pain education have morphed a substantial degree over the past year. While I think my understanding of pain’s complexities have enhanced, I’ve worked on simplifying my education paradigms.

I’ve often found that going down the neurophysiological rabbit hole is completely unnecessary, and providing simple examples has led to substantial changes in buy-in and client understanding.

Check this talk out to understand the process, and get my updated thoughts.

8. Recommended Resources

The most thugged out library in physical therapy

Man, fam. I literally just posted this and am amazed to the extent that this post skyrocketed.

Pretty much everything I discuss is not original, but my interpretation of what other incredibly intelligent individuals are saying.

Here are resources that I draw from, and something I hope to continually update and refine.

7. Continuing Education: The Complete Guide to Mastery

This is about as artsy as I get.

When approaching continuing education courses that you really want to learn and understand, there are key processes one must undergo to maximize the learning experience.

Consider this the guide.

6. How to Deadlift: A Movement Deep Dive

Nothing like hitting that 115# 1-RM

Deadlifting is one of my favorite moves for getting all types of gainzzz in the gym. It also happens to be one of my favorite exercises to coach.

When I am thinking deadlift, I am thinking of particular biomechanical processes, coaching cues, and programming tips.

In this deep dive, I highlight all of those pieces to provide my understanding of what is going on with the deadlift.

5. How to Treat Pain with Sitting – A Case Study

Planking was so 2013. Starting the Copenhagen revolution.

I’ve done quite a few online movement consultations this year, and this case study highlights that process

Here, I outlined the entire treatment process and post-treatment reflections. You get a glimpse in terms of what presentations lead me to making particular clinical decisions. If you can understand what compensatory strategies to look for, and what movements can drive favorable change, you can accomplish a lot without even touching someone.

4. The Squatting Bar Reach: A Movement Deep Dive

Not a shorty, but can get low

If there is one thing I’ve improved upon over the last year, especially with working with basketball cats, it’s been squatting.

Squatting is a great fundamental movement that ought to be mastered, and here you’ll learn the art of changing levels.

No vertical tibias here, fam!

3. The Ultimate Guide to Treating Ankle Sprains

Pulling your leg from the beginning.

When you work in basketball, ankle sprains are more the norm than the exception. The sooner you can get the players back on the court, the better chance you have at winning.

I developed a pretty successful protocol to doing just that. Treating acute ankle sprains in this fashion got most peeps to return immediately.

2. 90/90 Hip Lift: A Movement Deep Dive

The amount of photoshopped horrors that could be created from this picture.

If breathing is a part of your program, you probably should have this basic position down pat. If it’s not, srsly?!?!

In this post, I outline the rationale behind the 90/90 hip lift, relevant testing that would implicate it’s usage, and a few different variations you can use with it.

1. He Sleeps He Scores: Playing Better Basketball by Conquering Sleep Deprivation

Much needed after 2017

I guess you guys need some help with sleeping (don’t we all). This post was by far the most popular.

This article discusses my sleep problem that I had with my fellas in the NBA D League, and it was a big one. With early flights and poor travel conditions, sleep was a luxury.

How do you make the most of a terrible situation? Read on to find out, and see the amazing results.

Final Remarks

I want to thank everyone for making my return to blogging a joyous occasion. 2017 was a mixture of failures and successes for me, and you wonderful people have made this transition back to the blogosphere so smooth.

I am forever grateful that you have decided to become fam to this blog, and I look forward to seeing you here next year!

Stay hungry, stay learning, stay moving,

Zac

November Links and Review

Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.

Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on from this past August.

If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below.  That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

Biggest Lesson of the Month

Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t hitting perfection day in and day out. Consistent progress over time is the key.

There have been many days where I wasn’t motivated to stay on task, and faltered. The key to getting back on the proverbial horse the next day was to not beat myself up. Instead, acknowledge that these things happen, understand I’m human, and get after it the next day.

You’d be amazed at what this shift in perspective can do.

Quote of the Month

“Greatness is a lot of small things done daily” ~ MJ Demarco

MJ Demarco again takes the cake this month. This quote made me reflect a lot on just how many small, quality habits, can make an impact on life. What small things can you do to become great?

Hike of the Month

A late steal this month, but got a chance to check out Death Valley National Park.

Salt > snow. Equally as pretty, less slippery, and DEFINITELY warmer

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this place since, ya know, it’s hot and things are kinda dead n’ stuff, but the variety in landscape was quite unbelievable. Landscape that I have never experienced before, whether salt lands or sand dunes. I’d definitely consider checking this awesome place out.

Rehabilitation

 

Here’s a little sneak preview of the free talk I’ll be putting up for you guys once I re-record it!

Blog: What Evidence Based Practice is Not

Doug Kechijian always telling it like it is. This time, my younger older brother discusses how to think about evidence based practice. How it is much more than a bomb of Pubmed citations. I also love how he touches on effective discussion on the internet.

Here is a little variation on differential tendon gliding you can try next time you see someone with a flexor tendon repair.

Blog: Should We Delay Range of Motion After a Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

Mike Reinold again coming on strong with this post. This time, Mike looks at a systematic review comparing early vs. delayed motion after a cuff repair, and I love his interpretation.

Training

Video: Kettlebell Swing Tutorial w/ Justice Williams (via Tony Gentilcore)

My kettlebell game is something I’m hoping to improve upon over the next year, and this was a great intro point to it. Here, Tony Gentilcore and Justice Williams provide an excellent coaching tutorial on the wonderful/brutal exercise known as the kettlebell swing.

 

Productivity

 

Article: Trick Yourself Into Writing Well by Telling Yourself to Write Badly

Lifehacker is an awesome website for many reasons, and this article is an example of that.

Many times, getting started writing is the hardest part, here, the peeps at Lifehacker give you a trick to getting started. Works wonders for those days I don’t want to write.

Making this one little tweak to how I plan email checking throughout my day has made a big difference.

Personal Development

Book: What to do When It’s Your Turn

A dear friend of mine got me this book, which has become my pre-bed reading and I love it. Seth Godin, marketer extraordinaire, writes in this book about handling fear of failure, getting the courage to start something up, and how timing is never right. These are a few of many great topics that I’ve come across, and I always fall asleep in a good mood after I read a few pages 🙂

Blog: These are the 8 Friends You Need to be Happy in Life

Social engagement is something we don’t discuss much when we are trying to reach our health and performance goals. Here, Eric Barker talks about the eight people you should have in your life. How many do you have?

Article: How Frequently Should You Take A Vacation?

This is probably the most comprehensive guide to vacationing that I have come across. It turns out, vacations are incredibly important to your health.

Don’t like vacations? Consider your increase for cardiovascular disease elevated. Read the guide to maximizing them.

Just need to make life a vacation #movesomewherewarm

Blog: How One Young Couple Repaid $87,000 of Student Loan Debt in 27 Months

If you have student loans. Read this. It’s hard work, gruesome, but paying off debt has been a rewarding experience for me. If you are lacking motivation, or can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, here is some hope.

Blog: Struggling Against Good Decisions with Bad Results

This was just a phenomenal message that can be extrapolated not to just finances, but life. Here, Trent Hamm discusses the importance of sticking to sound principles, even if those principles don’t always result in a desirable outcome

Book: Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual

If you need a swift kick in the ass to get back into gear, this is the book. Many of the pages are snippets from Jocko Willink’s podcast, but the message is not lost. Jocko will make you rethink everything your doing, and eliminate the excuses for you not doing. Change your life, and read this book.

Book: Unscripted

After you’ve been kicked down by Jocko, let MJ Demarco pull off the finisher. This guy is becoming one of my favorite authors because he is brutally honest and pulls no punches in explaining how we fall into business and work traps that not only hinder us, but minimize helping others. If you want to be an entrepreneur (and you all should, this book tells you why) then this is a must read.

My favorite part? “The goal isn’t to make money, but to provide value to others.”

Health and Wellness

 

Podcast: Dr. Ruscio – The Real Deal with Gut Microbiota

I’ve been binge listening to Robb Wolf’s podcast, and I’ve come across Dr. Ruscio a couple different times. I admire his brutal honesty and simple approach to dealing with the gut microbiome, and I hope you guys like it as well.

Want to know some of my big keys for starting my day off right? Check out this week’s quick hit.

Podcast: Dr. Richard Maurer – The Blood Code

Again, another simplified and stratified approach to functional medicine courtesy of the Robb Wolf podcast. Here, Dr. Maurer outlines his key blood markers and first-tier treatment to help individuals with their health and wellness goals.

Article: Do You Need to Refrain from Coffee to Get the Maximal Effect of Caffeine?

If you want to maximize performance, do you need to give up coffee for a bit to get the benefits? Researchers compared how caffeine affects performance in heavy, moderate, and low users.

The answer might surprise you!

The addiction is now #ebp #blessed

 

Which goodies did you find useful? Comment below and let me know what you think.

Photo Credits

Nick Kenrick

Julius Schorzman

Resilient Movement Foundations Course Review

I recently had the pleasure of attending a class put on by my fellas at Resilient Performance Physical Therapy.

A jolly old time with old friends and new

I went to this course for a few reasons. First off, I of course support the home team. I can’t even front, Douglas Kechijian, Trevor Rappa, Greg Spatz, and I go way back, and are very much related through IFAST family and directly (Doug is my younger older brother, Trevor is my son, and Greg is my stepson #dysfunctionalfamily).

That said, there is were a couple big things I wanted to take away from this course, which I did in spades:

  • Mastering basic movement
  • Program design

In these two areas, the Resilient fellas delivered in spades. Knowing what good technique is in the basic movement patterns, how to coach, and how to regress, are all underappreciated topics that these guys teach quite well.

So should you take this course? An emphatic hell yes. I give a more indepth review as to why in the video below, so go ahead and check that out.

Once you got the verdict, check out my favorite takeaways in the course notes, and then for the love of God sign up for a course of theirs!

Click here to check out the Resilient Seminar Page

Continue reading “Resilient Movement Foundations Course Review”

September in Review

Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.

Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on from this past August.

If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below.  That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

Biggest Lesson of the Month

Much of our successes and failures can be linked back to the habits we have. I noticed many times this past month that ineffective habits I had picked up were hampering my progress and productivity. One simple change (eliminating a to-do list, blocking out time to do things) was a complete game changer for me.

If you are doing something you don’t like, how do your habits keep you falling into that trap?

Quote of the Month

“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” ~ Aristotle

Very much linked to the above lesson. We need quality to become automatic, and who better to illustrate this than an O.G. like Aristotle.

Hike of the Month

Pictures never do these things justice.

This was a tough decision to make on multiple fronts. This month I hiked four National Parks, saw a National Monument, and did all types of ill stuff.

Though Sequoia National Park will forever hold a dear place in my heart, Yosemite was hands down one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen. The variety of terrain, the challenge of the 18+ miles I hiked, and the #views are hard to beat. I go back and forth on if I liked Yosemite or Zion better. But regardless, you should probably check it out.

Training

Quick Hit: Sprinting Tip

Here I discuss my favorite sprinting cue that I learned from my boy Derek Hansen. If there is one cue you could give to make your peeps faster, this is it.

Podcast: 20 Tips for Young Coaches

I wish I had this podcast when I was first starting out. My boi Mike Robertson lists several high quality tips that young coaches should apply to get the most out of many things–internships, networking, life. These tips are really good for anyone to apply in any situation.

Quick Hit: How to Lateral Shuffle

The lateral shuffle is a fundamental move that most any athlete ought to perform effectively. Here I provide my how-to’s and favorite cues…all in under 60 seconds #niccagestyle

Not to be confused with the equally impressive truffle shuffle

Article: ‘Science’ and the Barbell Hip Thrust

Doug Kechijian just continues to destroy the internet. In this article, he uses recent research on the hip thrust to critique a larger problem in science and performance–transfer-ability. Many times we argue about minutiae, when we really need to validate broader scope problems more effectively. Who better to discuss this issue than my buddy Douglas.

Quick Hit: Landing Mechanics 101

This past week’s quick hit goes into detail on how I coach landing mechanics, perhaps the most important piece to jumping safely and effectively. There are three keys to effective landing. What are those? Well, check out the vid.

Podcast: Bill Hartman on Building a Powerful and Pain-free Body After 40 

There is a reason why Daddy-o pops is such a huge part of my life. Besides being an incredible human being, every time I listen to him I pick up something new. In this podcast Bill goes into detail on the importance of routines, and he gives a sneak preview of his new book (out September 15th), going into detail on the principles he employs to building fitness post-injury. Also, if you want his book, click here.

 Quick Hit: Modifying Exercise Tip

If you hurt, the thing to do is to stop all movement right?!? WRONG.  A more prudent method is to find a different variation of a movement that gets the goal you want but doesn’t hurt. Here is an example

Rehab

Research: On the (f)Utility of Pain

After I finished this article I was like “damn.” I think so many times as clinicians we chase pain relief for pain relief’s sake, without considering if the patient is truly suffering. I think about how many times I’ve been a part of the problem, even when trying to provide the solution. This one will definitely make you think.

Blog: How to Read and Understand Scientific Research

Chris Kresser again with another gem (long road trips tend to have me consume a lot of info from one source). Here CK goes over many practical tips towards being an effective consumer and appraiser of the research. If you think research is tough to understand in rehab and performance, don’t even think about looking at nutrition. Yuck.

Podcast: Trever Rappa and Greg Spatz on Streamlining Rehab and Performance 

My two baby boys have grown up so fast! It is so refreshing to hear two well-respected physical therapists discuss expanding the PT scope into aggressive fitness. I love how both of these guys espouse not making injured people seem fragile, but always pushing intensity. The more you can expose someone to intensity, the easier return to performance becomes. We can’t just stop at success on the table.

You can see the family resemblance

Research: Nociception Affects Motor Output – A Review on Sensory Motor Interaction with Focus on Clinical Implications

This article was just absolutely awesome. In it the authors explain how nociception, both acute and chronic, impacts motor control both short and long term. They also sprinkle in some really cool things with the sympathetic nervous system and movement variability. These are all reasons why we cannot ignore nociceptive drive in chronic pain states.

Blog: Travel PT 101 – What is Travel Therapy

If you are a PT, unattached, have a crap ton of student loans, and like adventures, you should strongly consider travel PT. Traveling makes it feel like you are on vacation the entire time you are on assignment, and it feels good to actually make a dent on student loans. Here are all your questions, answered.

Health & Wellness

Podcast: RHR: All About Coffee

For those of us who are coffee lovers; you are welcome. In this podcast my man Chris Kresser discusses all the amazing health benefits of drinking copious amounts of coffee. Wait until you here him compare the antioxidant values to some of those highly touted antioxidant fruits. #mindblown.

Quick Hit: Travel Tips

While we can often talk about how to time sleep, supplementation, and such with travel, one thing often not discussed is what equipment you should bring when you travel. Having the right stuff can make travel much less stressful. What stuff? Check out the vid to find out.

E-Book: Genetics – The Universe Within

I’m excited for this read, as I recently got some genetic testing done. Going through this one to get some clarification as to what the results mean, but the folks at PN always do some good work.

Personal Development

Blog: 5 Time-Saving Productivity Hacks, Reviewed

This is a blog I’ve just been getting into, but they came through with a clutch post on ways to be more productive. Amazing how effective meditation was; something I may have to revisit.

Pointy hat a must

Podcast: Setting Goals, Making Money, and Overcoming Tough Times – Phil Hellmuth

This podcast took me back to the days I was obsessed with poker. In this wonderful Tim Ferriss podcast, world class poker player Phil Hellmuth discusses many of the trial, tribulations, successes, and failures he has come across in his life. Many words of wisdom were had. Making my goal sheet now!

Blog: Don’t Forget the Second Step

Seth Godin writes daily little blurbs that are often quite profound and helpful in terms of all things marketing, business, and life.

This post is no different. Here Seth talks about step one, which is learning how to do something. Most people get only that far, and never hit step two. What’s step two? Read to find out.

Blog: The Success is in the Struggle

This blog really hit home for me. After getting let go from my NBA gig, I spent a great deal of time evaluating things I needed to change about myself. This is a hard conversation to have with yourself, but can often by life changing. Here Eric Cressey talks about his life changing conversation that made him the great coach that he is.

Book: I Will Teach You to be Rich

Ramit Sethi does an excellent job providing simple, yet effective financial device. I’ve been reading this book a bit slow, but applying every single lesson he’s recommended in each chapter with outstanding results. I was able to convince my credit card company to up my limit, give me 0% APR for a year, and doubled my interest rate on my savings account just by following these steps. Definitely a worthwhile read.

Blog: The Top 5 Reasons to Be a Jack of All Trades

Tim Ferriss has really impressed upon me the importance of having a broad skillset. Mastery, or even competency, doesn’t take that long to achieve. A bit of focused study, and you will have most of what you need to be successful at your craft. This is why I am expanding my learning into areas such as sleep, nutrition, and more.

Blog: These 55 Productivity Tips Will Save You 1,000 Hours

Insidehook is a site I’ve been checking out for a good while, as it contains a lot of good things ranging from style to productivity. Many good gems in this post, especially the email stuff.

Music

Music: Incubus “8”

Incubus is one of my favorite rock bands, as I just love how diverse their sound is. And it seems like they rarely fail with their experiments.

This album goes a little back to some rock roots, and man does it have some heft to it. I trained to this when I first heard it, and I’m pretty sure my arm circumference increased by 3 inches…even though I was training legs!

Give “No Fun” and “Nimble Bastard” a listen

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Photo Credits

Matt Brown

Sciencefreak

August 2017 in Review

Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.

Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on from this past August.

If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below.  That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

Biggest Lesson of the Month

You must first take care of yourself in all aspects of life before you can adequately take care of others. That includes personally, professionally, health, finances, everything. While I have done well in certain areas, I have lagged in others. This imbalance is one reason why I opted to take a job in a rural location. It has helped me strike a balance in many areas, and has eliminated potential distractions that could deter me from achieving that balance.

Cryptic? Somewhat. But I think about those times that I’ve been sleep deprived and lost patience with my clients. My lack of taking care of myself in that instance limited my capability to take care of others.

Are you taking care of yourself?

Quote of the Month

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is willingness to work very, very hard. ~Unknown

I saw the above quote when I was staying at a hotel before hiking Capitol Reef. The funny thing was separates was spelled wrong…Make sure you also work smart 🙂

Hike of the Month

This was a tough one, as I did both the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Capitol Reef. While the North Rim was spectacular, an incredibly challenging hike, and was spent with a dear friend of mine, I have to give Capitol Reef the slight edge.

Capitol Reef reminded me a lot of Zion, in the sense that it had varied terrain, very cool rock formations, and free apples!!! All of the big cliffs were on this crazy slant, and it was just cool to see. Plus I didn’t die like I did in the Grand Canyon. Uphill finish = hate life

How do you like them apples? Quite tasty as a matter of fact.

Rehabilitation

 

Blog: Why Physio Discussions Are Just Another Simpson’s Episode

There is just so much right with this post. Douglas going after a huge problem within the movement realm. Instead of uplifting one another, many of us tear each other down. Doug Kechijian explains why this is problematic.

Quick Hit: Check Arm Position if You Have Neck Pain

Many times, neck pain involves neck muscles increasing their accessory breathing function. A quick trick to reduce this function is by altering arm position. Check out if one of these positions alters your symptoms the next time you have neck pain.

Blog: Clinical Mileage

David Butler has been one of my biggest influences, and this post is no different. Here David discusses the Concept of Clinical Mileage, the importance of reflection, reshaping our treatments. I admire, despite all the years he has practice, he continues to evolve his thought process; something we should all aspire to do.

Research:  The Relationship Between Low Back Pain and Lumbar Lordosis: A systematic Review and Meta-analysis

But wait? I thought posture doesn’t cause pain? What about the studies showing imaging pathology in asymptomatic studies?

One thing we don’t consider is the frequency of imaging pathology in individuals with pain. This study is an example of that.

Pain is an experience in which the causes are multifactorial, and that means we cannot discredit how biomechanics can influence that experience.

Research: Knee Osteoarthritis has Doubled in Prevalence Since the mid-20th Century

Your patients with bone-on-bone can officially no longer use the “old age” excuse anymore. Knee osteoarthritis is commonly blamed for our longer lifespan and BMI, but this cadaveric study seems to think otherwise. When comparing the knees of modern people to those of the 18th-19th century (and even some prehistoric knees!), they found that even when lifespan and BMI were controlled for, modern subjects had a 2.1 greater incidence of knee OA. What do they think is the cause? Read it to find out.

 

Performance

Quick Hit: Recovery Position

Want to recover more effectively between intense bouts of exercise? You should probably watch this video. I’ve found with many of my clients that dropping further into a squat enhances heart rate recovery incredibly fast. I used it on my most recent hike, and made many of the hard parts more bearable.

Podcast:  Mike Irr on Winning an NBA Championship

Mike Irr is just a phenomenal human being. And to hear him speak with such poise, such humility, despite being an NBA champion, is refreshing. You’ll also learn a great deal about the successes, failure, and challenges of working in the big leagues. Give the guy a listen.

Might be the goodest dude in the history of good dudes.

Quick Hit: Which Hand Should the Weight be in During Offset Movements?

Should it be the same side or the opposite side of the front leg? Depends on your goal. In this video I discuss when each strategy ought to be implemented.

Health

Infographics: Managing Performance Throughout Periods of Travel: Coping Strategies for Eastward Travelers

for Westward Travelers

Yan Le Meur just keeps killing it with these infographics. Today he eloquently summarizes the essential strategies for effective traveling across multiple timezones. I learned a ton from this series.

Infographic: One Hour of Physical Activity Eliminates the Detrimental Effects of 8 Hours of Inactivity

Wearing my Oura Ring has done wonders for keeping me on task regarding my sleep, activity and readiness levels. It has also made me sickeningly aware of how damn much I sit.

All is not lost, however, as my man Yann Le Meur, who puts out killer infographics, made me aware of this study here. Pretty remarkable that much of the damage of sitting can be offset.

Blog: Why am I So Tired?

Allen Tucker is a dear friend of mine, and he wrote a phenomenal post on all things sleep; drawing from his own experiences with sleep deprivation and sleep apnea. Though he is no medical professional, Allen is a guy with an incredibly broad knowledge base, and my internet endeavors would be nonexistent if it weren’t for him.

Just wish the bastard would write more!

Miscellaneous

Quick Hit: Learning Arsenal

We all have our ways we learn. In this promo I go over some of my tools in my learning toolbox that help me get the most out of my learning endeavors.

Video: All Your Excuses are Lies

Taken from Podcast #83

No one can make you want to be more disciplined than Jocko Willink. He has probably been one of the most influential people that I’ve come across this year. His material is a life changer. His advice is simple, direct, and effective. If you are following his stuff. Quit making excuses and do it!

Blog: You are Who You Grab Coffee With – 3 Steps to Get Expert Advice on Any Topic 

Ramit Sethi is a finance guy whose material I have really been digging. He gives a lot of practical financial advice tips that really resonate with me.

In this post, he discusses how to effectively connect with experts, and definitely have used some of these methods at continuing education courses. I think he outlines effective strategies quite well, and especially love the email template he provides.

One of the many reasons to drink coffee.

Article: What Do Economists Actually Know?

While evidenced based practice and the scientific method are incredibly important, these sources are not infallible. All sources are biased, muddied, difficult to appraise, and occasionally dishonest.

We still operate with a large degree of uncertainty with the people we work with. We can’t hang our hat on research alone, especially when dealing with the complex entities known as humans.

This uncertainty extends beyond medicine and performance, as Russ Roberts discusses the very same problem in his field of economics.

My favorite quote? “Published and true are not synonyms.”

Music

Music: Lush Vibes

As you know, I am a huge hip hop head, but need something to chill out at night and be focused to. This playlist = absolutely incredible for that. Minimal words, very low key beats, and productivity has been spectacular while listening.

Music: Ambient Chill Playlist

I’ve been trying a bunch of different things before bed to enhance my sleep capabilities, as for awhile I was struggling, fam. At night, listening to this bad boy before bed did wonders for calming me down. Also think it’s a solid playlist for productivity. Check it out for sure.

Music: Raekwon “The Wild”

Raekwon the Chef coming on strong with a new album. The beats = fire. The wordplay = fire. The storytelling = fire. You can tell the Chef has grown up quite a bit since his Wutang days, but still represents and reminds us of his sordid past. The joint he did with Lil Wayne; daummmmmn.

A recent systematic review concluded that the Chef is always cooking up fire #science

Music: Twista “Crook County”

I have a soft spot for fast rappers aka choppers, and Twista is the gold standard. For a hot minute he was trying to do the mumble rap, and it wasn’t good. Here Twista gets back to his roots, yet varies his flow enough to show exactly how versatile (and underrated he is). The sound is similar to a lot of new stuff you’ll hear on the radio, but with actually good rappin’. Listen to “Hollywood,” it’ll change your life.

Which goodies did you find useful? Comment below and let me know what you think.

Photo Credits

Mortefot from Flickr

Weekly Dig

How to Fix Neck Pain After Lifting – A Live Treatment

While in the Hamptons, my main man Cody Benz started developing some neck trouble.

We thought it might be helpful for y’all to see what I would do to help a cat like him.

Here you will see me go through an entire treatment session with Cody, while I do my best to explain every decision I make. A major kudos to Daddy-o Pops Bill Hartman for asking some great questions throughout the treatment.

Instead of the typical transcript I provide for these longer videos, I decided to write this up similarly to my neck pain with sitting case study format. I reflected on this case while editing the video, so you’ll see some added thoughts I had while you read through. I would recommend watching the video and reading the case study to get the most out of the material.

Enjoy watching the session.

Continue reading “How to Fix Neck Pain After Lifting – A Live Treatment”

July 2017 in Review

Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.

Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on from this past July.

If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below.  That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

Biggest Lesson of the Month

Maximize proximal before spending time distal. I’ve just seen too many patients where we applied some type of axial intervention, which led to profound changes distally. Position governs all. Thank you for making me realize this daddy-o.

Quote of the Month

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~Robert Kennedy

Rehabilitation

Blog: What is the Best Test to Discern an ACL Tear?

My boy Scott Gray put together a rock solid post on diagnosing an ACL tear. I’ve been very big as of late on filling the differential diagnosis hole in my game, and this one was beyond helpful. I wish I had heard of the lever test last year when I had a guy pop his ACL in-game.

Blog: The Quadruped Rockback Test: RIP

My buddy Doug Kechijian ever so succinctly puts this dated test to rest. There is so much more that goes into deciding squat depth than can be accurately accounted for with this test.

never question a guy with a loaded gun.

Performance

Research: The effects of two different recovery postures during high intensity interval training

I’m still making my way through this beast. It’s a thesis, but the references and explanations of the science behind breathing, position, and recovery is outstanding. Not only that, but changing your recovery position has had a profound effect on improving my clients’ conditioning.

Video: Lateral Lunge Quick Hit

This was a promo I put out for my 5th Metatarsal RTP podcast. It’s a nice little cue to drive greater frontal plane activity on the non-working leg.

Research: The athlete monitoring cycle: a practical guide to interpreting and applying training monitoring data

So proud of my guy Eric Oetter, who put this incredibly practical guide to load management together with the brilliant Tim Gabbett. EO is doing phenomenal things with the Grizzlies, and this provides a small insight into his process.

Nutrition

Podcast: Does Meat Consumption Cause Cancer? 

Short answer – It depends. I have a coworker who I discuss with the problems of this argument. I’m an avid meat eater because gainzzz, and it turns out that makes the difference. If you aren’t listening to Ronda Patrick by the way, you’re welcome.

Yeah, I’m a meat eater #dealwithit

Podcast: How to Tell if You Have a Leaky Gut

Chris Kresser is a cat I’ve been really getting into as of late. I think there are a lot of cool things within functional medicine, and this guy is one of the most evidenced-based out there.

I think the gut microbiome is a vastly underappreciated area to intervene on. But how do you know if you have a problem? CK tells you how to find out.

Video/podcast: George Brooks, Ph.D on Lactate

This Rhonda Patrick joint talks about all the wonderful things lactate does for us. This molecule always gets a bad rap, but did you know in brain injuries (concussions, TBIs, etc), it’s one of the few substrates that is capable of providing our brain fuel? This was a very fascinating hour in which I learned a great deal.

Research: Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan

Supplemental Podcast: Satchin Panda Interview

What if I told you that there was a way you could keep eating what you are eating yet still lose fat and gain muscle. Would you do it?

If so, then this is your study. By simply restricting the eating window to 9-12 hours in mice, and having them eat earlier in their day, these bad boys lost some major weight. He did a similar study in humans as well. He goes into detail about this and more. Both the paper and the podcast are quite interesting

Sleep

Video/Podcast: Dan Pardi on Sleep

I’ve been on a little Rhonda Patrick (#bae) kick as of late. In this interview, Dan Pardi talks about all things sleep, circadian rhythms, and more. If you can maximize sleep duration, intensity, and timing, you are winning at life. Never thought of sleep described in this manner.

Quick Hit: Tips for a Better Sleep Environment

Here are some of my keys to creating that ideal sleep environment. There might be a few in here that you didn’t think about. What are your keys?

Finance

Book: The Four Hour Work Week 

An oldie, but a goodie. I’m taking my time with this one because it’s a big book and filled with so many practical applications. This book inspired me to check my email, and respond, less frequently. He’s given me so many ideas on streamlining my life. You’ll love the tips he has for elimination and automation. Incredibly practical.

Blog: Student Loans? What Student Loans? 

Given that I’m pretty green at being a PT mercenary, this website has been gold for me. If this doesn’t inspire you to consider travel PT, nothing will. The money is real, and it seriously feels like I’m on vacation all the time.

Me on the left by the time my student loans are paid off

Book: Roger Dawson’s Secrets of Power Negotiating

I recently had to prepare for a salary negotiation, and just reading a few chapters from this book made the process go exceedingly better than I anticipated. Negotiating, like many things, is a skill. This book will teach you the fundamentals to a skill that will benefit so many aspects of your life.

Miscellaneous

Music: “Handshakes with Snakes” by Apathy (NSFW, and likely offensive to most everyone)

As y’all probably know, I am a major hip hop head. Like, pretty much all that I listen to. I found this cat on Spotify while at the gym, and was blown away. Has fire lyrics over insane samples. Listen to the joint called “Moses” which features Twista and Bun B. Un…be…lievable

Current Book: What If

I’ve lately been trying to read something a bit less technical right before bed to help me fall asleep (which has been working well btw). First book I chose was this gem by the creator of XKCD, Randall Munroe. He basically goes through and answers ridiculous questions in the most scientific manner possible. It’s a brilliant combination of interesting and funny.

My favorite so far? “What would happen if you had a mole of moles?” #deep

Photo credits

Air National Guard

Karim benzeoona

DonkeyHotey

 

How Sleep Saved the D-League – Resilient Podcast

Sleep is a big deal.

Not only has a lack of sleep been linked to many big bad diseases, it also contributes to poor performance.

Behavior change through education and persuasion is hard enough as is. We are all resistant to change, namely because our current habits and routines require Herculean willpower efforts to break. This problem  is especially true in non-conducive environments.

It’s hard to eat healthy when your family cooks fried foods and orders pizza for dinner every night.

It is these situations where we just have to make the most with what we have, and that’s exactly what I spoke about on one of my best friend’s podcasts, Doug Kechijian.

Before we go into the content, let me tell you a bit about Douglas, my younger-older brother.

Doug and I first met way back in 2013 at a PRI course in Phoenix. 

So young. So youthful. So of poor quality of a photo. Doug is 3 people right of me

I was the first person who arrived in town, and it was up to me to take care of the rental car.

We had five bros to get to the class, so I needed to find something cozy that could fit everyone and their luggage to and from the class and Phoenix airport.

So I’m looking at some midsize SUVs, a couple sedans, trying to find the right car that I could fit everyone in.

Then I saw this:

So…fast…now my realistic dream car.

Doug and I had never met before, and he was the first person I had to pick up. He asked “what will you be driving?”

I said “you’ll know.”

So there I am, picking Douglas up in this Dodge Challenger flarin’, hip hop blarin’, shade-wearin’, and straight up stuntin’ in that AZ heat.  The car was a great ice breaker towards realizing how likeminded we both were.

All the other guys we had to pick up were flying into town every couple hours. For the hell of it, we made the 20 minute drive back and forth to the airport in that Dodge Challenger. We ended in clown car fashion, but it was totally worth it…Well, for me at least. I got to drive that beast!

It was in those hours, that weekend, that coziness, that these two cats who didn’t know each other developed a long lasting friendship. I am fortunate to say that about every single one of those guys in that picture.

Doug is simply one of the most intelligent, grittiest, interesting, and eloquent individuals I know. He is without a doubt a thought leader in the fields of physical therapy and performance. Each time we hop on our 2+ hour call to catch up, I always become a better clinician, coach, and person. He is a wealth of information, served our country with distinction, and a great human being. I am honored to call him my friend, and you guys should know who he is.

He’s also a really good agent, as he’s gotten me two of my most recent jobs!

So please, check out his site, follow his killer twitter, watch him demonstrate exercises shirtless on Instagram,  see him in NYC, and do all you can to learn from this guy.

On a side note, he and his two partners, Trevor Rappa (aka my son)and Greg Spatz (aka my step-son), put on seminars periodically throughout the year.

One class I want you to know in particular is at Move-SF in San Francisco on October 1st. 

Why am I pointing this one out? Because I’m going to be there. I want to learn all that I can from these guys. As should you.

So if you are a reader of mine, go to this seminar and we can get together for some grub and discussion. I plan on being around the Bay Area for a little while (there’s National Parks to be hiked after all), so please attend and support my dear friends.

 Improving Sleep the Easy Way

I was recently featured on Doug’s podcast where we discussed my sleep initiative that I executed when I was with the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.

While the article covers logistics, this podcast details the why’s, how’s, when’s, etc.

If you missed my original article, click here to read it: “He Sleeps He Scores: Playing Better Basketball by Conquering Sleep Deprivation.”

Here were the topics that we discussed:

  1. The challenges a pro sports medical and performance staff faces
  2. Why I started my sleep initiative
  3. The sleep initiative details
  4. How I persuaded the coaching staff to break sacred traditions
  5. How better sleep benefitted the team
  6. Sleep science resources
  7. Eliciting organizational and individual behavioral change

If you want to download this podcast or many of the other amazing podcasts Doug has put out, subscribe to him on Itunes. 

Some of my favorites include the podcasts he did with Daddy-O Pops Bill Hartman, David Epstein, Brett Bartholomew, Dr. John Childs, and of course, the one and only James “The Thinker” Smith.