What the BUTT?!

You just want to do your training program! Get that last lap, last jump, last mile, last rep, last paddle, last shot, last round, last practice. It’s important that you follow your workout/practice/training to a T. Must be consistent, must do what others are doing and more! You want to be the BEST, or at least improve= “Be the BEST for me!”

I can do it. I do not hurt. My foot is fine. My hip is fine. My shoulders are fine. My back is fine. Just one last thing to do. I will be fine.

A workout and training plan are NOT one size fits all, even if the workout is catered specifically to you! Every day, and every moment within the day will vary. There are so many factors dependent on your body, your training, your health.

If you are new to the sport, what’s wrong with finishing the workout early and for the remainder of the time doing corrective exercises, mobilizing or taking a walk to restore the body?

If you are a seasoned athlete, what’s wrong with finishing the workout early and for the remainder of the time doing corrective exercises, mobilizing or taking a walk to restore the body?

Notice how I said e.x.a.c.t.l.y the same thing for both cases? Yes, in both cases the athlete is repeatedly doing exercises that can potentially damage their bodies more than they need.

Let’s say for example:

Athlete: My butt hurts.

Friend: Then stop.

Athlete: No, I’m just going to finish my workout.

Friend: Really?

…The next day…

Friend: How’s your butt?

Athlete: It’s okay. I can push through it.

Friend: Really?

~ If your butt hurts and it has nothing to do with a physical trauma (i.e. getting hit by a car, falling off a bike, getting tackled) then you have an “overuse injury” caused by repetitive movements and caused by repetitive things you do on a daily basis to mess up your butt.

Athlete: Well, I’m just going to stretch my butt.

~ Stretching the butt alone is as good as putting a bandaid on your butt, liTeRaLLy. Your butt interacts with every part of your body [if your butt is off, everything above and below the butt will be out of balance/alignment]… how do you use your feet on a daily basis? how’s your foot position? how’s the shaft of your lower leg? how’s your femur alignment? how’s your stance? where’s your pelvis positioned? Go ahead, keep on stretching that butt! See how that works for you.

…One month later…

Athlete: Why does my butt still hurt?…. then sulks off home, frustrated, annoyed, pissed off, self-defeatist, angry…. Why can’t anyone help me?

~ Getting educated about whole body alignment, daily movements and habits are important steps to becoming a better athlete and a healthier person. Yes, it IS the harder approach in the short term; but, the best approach in the long term for your life long health and wellbeing.

So many athletes are lazy. Lazy. LaZy. Not in their workouts! I wouldn’t ever take that from some of the athletes I know (hard, Hard, HARD, H A R D C O R E). It’s every single thing they do outside their sport that makes them lazy. Now, some don’t know what they do or don’t do (fair enough) and so perhaps ignorance is more the word. And others: lazy would be an understatement. I’m not going to apologize or minimize this at all because I WAS one of them! It’s only until it’s too late that athletes wait to restore their bodies.

How can I help? I only help people who want to help themselves. It’s all about taking responsibility and ownership of your body step by step, day by day. It is a path, a life long path. And as I said before, it’s not the easy way at first…. but it is SO worth it and feels great in the long run. It’s like re-newing your body bottom to top.

Learning about your body through health instead of through pain is a challenging and wonderful experience. It’s completely different than racing to the finish line all guts no glory. I challenge you to learn one thing about your body today outside of your sport. How can I make my body feel better and work better?

The Restorative Exercise Movement

As an athlete your main goal is to perform, not to sustain health. Yes, your training sessions have nothing to do with health (believe it or not!), because it’s all about: “Am I getting better?”. Every time you train, play, compete you are going through the same motions of overuse (consistent in your sport garnering repetitive injuries) and underuse (avoiding overall muscle utilization) in order to perform. The athlete’s physiological model of performance revolves around specificity, progressive overload, reversibility, duration, intensity, and recovery. Nowhere in this model does it establish proper skeletal alignment or overall body movement, which are the key principles to restoring the body to its natural, optimal state.

Restorative Exercise™ gets you back to basics, learning how to take care of your body as an entire unit. It’s about biomechanics, physics and structural engineering of soft tissue, alignment, moving well and eradicating diseases of behaviour (i.e. osteoarthritis, muscular imbalances, and joint surgeries that athletes experience).

Participating in any sport requires repetitive movements, which can lead to repetitive injuries, especially if the athlete is: 1. Out of skeletal alignment, 2. Overtrained, and 3. Undermoved~ lack of whole body movement.

Join me and the Restorative Exercise™ Movement bringing our bodies back to optimal human function.

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Training youth in sport

I am passionate about youth in sport because of my wonderful childhood experiences and memories as a young athlete representing Canada. I would like every child/adolescent/young adult to have positive and productive experiences within their sport(s) of choice. I have seen too many coaches and parents treat athletes poorly, promoting the philosophy of more is better. This overuse, misuse and abuse philosophy of training young athletes is flat out wrong. There are MANY things to consider regarding youth in sport; however, I will just touch on three today.

F. FREQUENCY
I. INTENSITY
T. TIME

When a talented young athlete pops up in the ‘sporting scene’ coaches [and parents] are quick to think that they can increase their Frequency (more times per week), Intensity (harder sessions), and Time (longer sessions) to promote success. This is far from the truth. Would you send a 3rd grader (year 3 student) to a grade 10 (year 10) class just because of a higher IQ? Please think about the physical, mental, psychological and emotional ramifications of your child. Remember the 10% rule? Do not increase training by more than 10%/wk/mth/year. FYI- this percentage is based on ADULTS ONLY! I would throw caution to the wind when “upping” F.I.T. with the youth population. Please do your due diligence placing your child into the appropriate program. It is their life, their journey, not yours! The last thing you want to happen is overtraining= abuse= burnout or injury= depression = quitting sport.

I consult parents, coaches and athletes in regards to injury prevention, mobility, overall body movements and proper skeletal alignment. And, as a former exercise physiology and sport psychology consultant I know full well how to deal with training plans and mental strategies from micro and macro planning, day to day practice and small and big competitions. Any questions? Just ask 🙂

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