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Your Form is Bad Because Your Mind Is Weak

Have you seen asymmetry in heavy lifts? The bench press where the sternum turns to the right. The squat where the left knee and left elbow stick out to the side. The deadlift stuck over on the right foot.

These happen. Often. If you haven’t noticed them, look out for them. It’s actually pretty cool.

But as a trainer, it’s frustrating. I can’t train you into that asymmetry. I can, but… what good could that possibly do? Now I have to stop you when I start to consistently see that.

But I’ve seen people shift over there almost immediately. I mean, like, rep two out of twenty. They know how to do the exercise, they just can’t. Their brains won’t let them. Why? Because ‘dey scared. Continue reading

Getting Into Photography

**See summary at the bottom if your attention span does not span far**

Photography can be as complex or as simple as you want. What are you looking for?

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3 Simple Steps to Study Anything Even When You’re the Laziest Person You Know

To confess, I’ve always been lazy.

Like, super lazy. I know it’s human nature to put in the least amount of effort possible. But seriously, I would never study growing up. Even up until I finished my Kinesiology degree in 2012… let’s just say I was not the best student.

Heck, we were just on fall break and I wanted to study the nervous system. I got out of my routine just a little bit, distracting thoughts enter my head, and then I essentially became useless.

I’ll write those two days off as a needed break, but it’s amazing what a small change in your schedule can do to you.

More specifically for me, it’s a lack of schedule that is most crippling.

I run into people every day who ask how I do the things I do. “You’re just studying that… for fun?” I was walking with a friend yesterday who asked how she can stop procrastinating everything to the last minute.

Let’s talk about it.

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Weekend Reads: Cognitive Science

Seven Principles of Learning Better From Cognitive Science

In this post, one of my favorite bloggers recaps a book he read by a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist. This book is now on my “To Buy” list.

Check out this video on debunking learning styles. We would occasionally talk about these when I taught my peers in college, and I was never on board. Recently, I’ve discovered why, and Dan Willingham breaks it down quite nicely. Don’t dwell on feeding your “learning style” when you’re trying to tackle a new subject.

Weekend Watches: Cadaver Anatomy and Bubble Soccer

I know I say this all the time, but this week was amazing. Here’s a cool video I watched and a little info about a super fun new sport you have to try.

 

Cadaver Anatomy

At about the 5:00 mark, the guy making this video below points out the relationship between the transversus abdominis and the diaphragm. The perpendicular fiber direction is crazy. Make sense why you can get so much out of those muscles.

 

The Beginning of Bubble Soccer

I say “beginning” because this is so fun and I hope to do it again. Brandon Brown, his girlfriend, and I went out to see what all the fuss was about. Check this out:

Holy sweat balls (it’s really hot in that ball), I forgot how much fun contact sports were—especially when you’re playing against a bunch of 110-pound boys. My neck is crazy sore today.

If you want to learn more about the Indy Bubble Soccer scene, go here.

Have a happy Labor Day weekend!

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