Born to Limits 1

Written by Gray Cook Thursday, June 10, 2010 FMS Pod Casts

Below is a summary of the Pod Cast, Click on the link below to hear the entire Pod Cast.

  • Based on Christopher McDoogle’s book “Born to Run”
  • Explains how sports medicine is so focused on running injuries, without ever going back to what authentic running really is-- meaning, almost barefoot.
  • The invention of the modern running shoe allows for a heel strike and longer stride-- sets up several medical problems because we are not running in an authentic fashion.
  • The Self-Limiting fact of barefoot running-- you have to shorten the stride, land on the midfoot, and only run as fast as the structural integrity allows you (important to strength coaches).
  • If someone has a “weak link,” it is common for them to demonstrated less strength when asked to use proper technique.
  • Design rehabilitation techniques to be authentically self-limiting.
  • Honor the activity-- do not pad the activity so that people can enjoy levels of accomplishment greater than they deserve.
  • If you find that running barefoot hurts, shorten the stride.  Your first barefoot run might be a “barefoot walk.”
  • After barefoot running, you will probably become better than you had been without much coaching because the neurons and sensory representation in your feet will tell you how to handle the ground and how to stack your body on it-- it will train stability.
  • Grip is a biomarker-- Example: wrist wraps allow you to train outside of your grip strength and by doing so, you are stacking weight on an area that is not structurally ready for it.
  • Biomarker-- a physiology measurement that is representative of something greater than itself.
  • Activities used to be self-limiting-- there was no such thing as wrist wraps, running shoes, fixed axis training devices, seated weightlifting machines.
  • Single leg, single arm deadlift-- standing on your left leg with your right leg extended behind you, lifting a kettlebell or dumbbell off a platform or the ground will not only demonstrate your left-right symmetrical balance (should be within 10%) but it will also show that the exercise is about balancing the adduction-abduction, internal-external rotation forces to have some degree of balance, integrity, and control with applying your strength.
  • Martial artists do not use 100% of one of their muscles-- they use 20% of all of their muscles to apply a forceful, strong punch-- it is a summation of their strength.

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