What a day. I got to meet and geek out with one of the original performance therapists Kelly Starrett (@mobilitywod). Kelly is someone I look up to. I appreciate Kelly's work in the areas of human performance, strength, movement and therapy. Kelly has brought to the world, the principles of good positions and mechanics of strength training. Kelly's passion is to understand, create and share his knowledge.
In his workshop he takes it a step further. Kelly works to create context for a movement principle, so that you understand and feel it. Then he teaches you how to apply it into your movement practice.
Lastly, I respect Kelly's passion for his wife and making a better world for his daughters.
When I grow up, I want to be like Kelly!
Also, I when I told him I was a therapist / strength coach he gave me a big hug. If you don't know
his work look him up and follow him (@mobilitywod). It will only make you better!
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Gray Cook has been so influential to me and it was an honor to meet him at the NSCA conference in Las Vegas. His passion, principles and drive to change the world is inspiring to me. This made my conference!
Gray’s work got me started on the path into the functional movement world. I love his passion to create change and the way he thinks about movement. He is a true master in our field. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) system gave me a framework to critically assess movement. The SFMA is what I use to begin my assessments. I spoke to Gray at the conference and he said the goal was to create a framework so we can build upon it. I took his framework, thought process and methodology to help build a solution for the problems of my community.
For all of you looking to get started in the funtional movement world, read his book 'Movement'. It is an amazing resource. Gray is one of the pioneers with regards to a quality approach to training. Some of Gray's key messages are: "move better before moving often", and "don't build capacity on dysfunction". I hope to carry the torch and help my community to move well and move often in a sustainable way.
The Godfather of Kettlebells, creator of hardstyle, training and strength genius. When I did my Strongfirst Kettlebell Certification, Pavel was the lead instructor. It was an honour to learn from him.
Stu McGill is one of the most prominent Spine biomechanics researchers in the world. His work has been the foundation to how I think about the spine. What makes Professor McGill different is that he measures regular test subjects and the strongest people in the world.
I got to meet the Movement Genius Dan Pfaff again at the Altis Performance Therapy Course in May 2016.
I had the privilege to be Patrick Vellner's performance therapist for the 2017 CrossFit Games. Patrick has an impressive resume at the games. Patrick finished 3rd in the 2016 games and 4th in the 2017 games.
The legend Rich Froning. I got to meet him today and talk about therapy and training. I was amazed to see him move and train today at @CrossFit416. Effortless strength is the best way to describe it! During his work out he did simple movements with precise form. He doesn't breathe too hard and makes everything look easy. It seems so simple but to achieve relaxed strength is what the best do in all disciplines. I'm always amazed to see the best in the world at what they do.
Dr. Gerry Ramogida
I met Dr. Gerry Ramogida at the Performance Therapy Course in May of 2016. Dr. Ramogida is the Chiro for the Seattle Seahawks and the Medical Director at Altis. He has treated many world class athletes in Track and Field, NFL, NHL and much more. Dr. Gerry is the original Performance Therapist and continues to redefine the term.
The founder of DNS. He has forever changed the way I see the body and movement.
Dr. Jas Randhawa
I'm proud to say the Lead performance therapist at Altis came from OHFAST. I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Randhawa for 1.5 years. He was an amazing member of the OHFAST team and is making it on the World stage. Congrats Jas!
Greg Rose is the head of the TPI institute for Golf. He specializes in golf and rotational power. He is also the co-creator of the SFMA.
Lee Burton is part of the FMS team and is the co-creator of the SFMA.
Ben Smith (@bsmit13) the 2015 CrossFit games champ and 2016 runner up. It was a pleasure to meet Ben today as well. The same things I said about Rich apply to Ben as well. Ben is a great athlete who exemplifies effortless strength. During his touch and go deadlifts he maintained pristine form. Under heavy load, the sound and tempo of his tap was the same every time. His ability to activate his fascial strength, maintain tension and consistency was cool to watch. I also got to talk about training and therapy with Ben as well. I respect Ben and Rich even more after meeting them. They are so down to earth. I hope to work with incredible athletes like them one day.
The strongest man in the world. He has a 1300 lbs squat. Crazy.
The strongman legend.
Sprinting Legend Ben Johnson. He was a part of the SWIS symposium panel, speaking about Steroids. As a last minute guest, he wanted to tell his side of the story. As with any conference my favourite part is when you get to speak to the presenters! I pulled Ben aside for a few min to talk about his training, Charlie Francis, CNS fatigue, sound of foot contact in sprinting, thoughts on Andre DeGrasse and much more.
Founder of Elite FTS and former world class powerlifter.
One of the most experienced and successful S&C coaches from Austrailia. He is the founder of King Sports.