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

The Guide to Travel Physical Therapy & Psychology – A Randy Bowling Movement Conversation

I recently had the pleasure of talking about all things travel PT and psychology with my dear friend, Randy “The Dolph” Bowling.

Travelin’ fam

Randy has been a traveling physical therapist for almost 10 years now, and has a substantial knowledge base on the traveling process. He also is very much into psychology, and thought me a few things.

You can find Randy on facebook and Instagram.

Here were some of the topics discussed:

  • Why Randy chose to become a traveler
  • How to best interact with travel companies
  • How to network with other travelers
  • The need for negotiation
  • What do travel contracts look like
  • What does the interview process look like
  • What makes a good traveler
  • Randy’s thoughts on psychology
  • How important is focusing on pain?
  • Why Randy is a big fan of Louis Gifford

Here is the video, audio, and scroll down to read the modified transcript.

Enjoy!

 

Here were some of the links mentioned by The Dolph

Fordyce’s Behavioral Methods for Chronic Pain and Illness

Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists

Pain-Related Fear: Understanding and Treating the Complex Patient

Aches and Pains

The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations

Modified Transcripts

 

Zac: Hello you beautiful, sexy, outstanding people. This is Zac Cupples from zaccupples.com, and I’m bringing you another movement conversation with my good friend, the legend himself, quo board extraordinaire, straight out of Arkansas, “The Dolph,” Randy bowling.

Say hi to the people Randy,

Randy:  Hey my name is Randy.

Zac: The reason why I wanted to bring Randy on for this movement conversation is because Randy is incredibly experienced at being a travel PT, and he knows a lot of the ins and outs.
Continue reading “The Guide to Travel Physical Therapy & Psychology – A Randy Bowling Movement Conversation”

My Feature on Mike Robertson’s Physical Preparation Podcast

I was recently featured on my boi Mike Robertson’s Physical Preparation Podcast.

It was quite surreal to be interviewed by a guy who I have tremendous respect for, and who has been a huge influence on me.

MR was one of the people who I was initially exposed to when I got into this field. After reading all the cool things he wrote on t-nation, I bought most of his products, became a huge reader of his blog, and applied many of his teachings to my own training.

Zac = fanboy.

Can you imagine what it was like the first time I met him and Bill at IFAST? Like meeting rockstars, fam. Then he we are, having a conversation as peers.

Point being with this story, if there was no Mike Robertson, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.

The Life of A Mercenary PT

All types of mercenary shit

Here were some of the things we discussed in this podcast:

  • How I got started in the world of physical prep.
  • What life is really like in the NBA/D-League, and what it’s like to transition from therapy to performance at the highest level.
  • What skills I was comfortable with, and how he grew and evolved to take his coaching skills to the next level.
  • My biggest struggles in pro sports.
  • Movement Variability: What it is, and why you probably need more of it.
  • What it’s like to transition from the biggest stages in sport, to working in a smaller setting with a more general population.
  • How I get it all done – from working as a mercenary PT, to writing, to public speaking, etc.
  • The BIG Question.
  • A really fun lightning round where we discuss pops Daddy-o Bill Hartman, his favorite hip hop groups, why I started the Movement Debrief, and what’s up next for me.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

ZAC CUPPLES ON THE LIFE OF A MERCENARY PT

 

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