Stage V of the American Development Model: Learn to Compete
August 7, 2017

Original Strength: A book report

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This is a list of notes that I put together for a conversation with a strength coach named Brad Kazmarski in Florida, who is a big fan of the book Original Strength and its principles.  I included it here, since there are some thoughts that can be good takeaways.

  • The idea that we’re “made to walk” reminded me of an article I read in the NYT about 10 years ago that I wish that I could find now, which identified seven things including walking, dancing, singing (I can’t remember the others) the produced actual happiness (as opposed to transient happiness, achieved by eating and watching TV)
  • One of the things I’ve always questioned about OS (I watched the BBO video and have read some of Tim’s articles and watched some of his videos) , and it’s not just OS, is the idea that activities like crawling are effective because they are developmental.  I think a lot of it might just be the act of being on the floor, moving horizontally rather than vertically, and the CKC/WB through the arms.  I can’t rule out a bias of mine from PT school: BU had a very anti-Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT) bent based on a lot of stroke and other neuro research (Our training used the framework of the Dynamic Systems Theory, which has been discussed on the site and Podcast by Nick Winkleman and I think Guido V.R.).  I read a lot of articles on why NDTdidn’t work, but I never searched out opposing research.  
  • Of course, we’re not talking about neuropathological people here.   Either way, I would say it doesn’t matter why it works, as long as it does, except it has a huge foothold in strength and conditioning (To the extent it’s popular in PT and DC, I would say it’s because of Charlie W, Craig Liebensen and Chris Duffin.  I have yet to meet a PT or DC who has even heard of DNS that isn’t big time into lifting weights).  If the sequence is really the reason it works, it will naturally lead to big changes in the way we do things.  My belief (and that’s all it is) is that it might be in large part the variability and exposure to (recently) untapped movements.  
  • I’ve been doing all of this before except for the cross crawl, which should be easy to integrate by adding a knee to elbow to the bird dog as in the FMS (and feels good)
  • OS sort of reminds me of Feldenkreis or Alexander techniques, Yoga/Pilates, or even Jerzy Gregorik’s Happy Body Program  in terms of emphasizing body awareness, breathing and relaxation, all of which have some simple and great techniques based on those principles, and also have a lot of ‘True Believers” whose lives have been changed by their practice.
  • Neck Roll: Rolling with neck only
  • How many reps do you roll?  I stopped doing segmental rolls (5x each) recently and switched to the lateral egg roll you posted a year or so ago, and will only do 2-3, which is all I can do properly.
  • The benefit of play: something that’s been around forever that we keep ignoring.  

 

  • Crawling: keep the head up to see the horizon:
    • Baby crawl
    • Commando
    • Spiderman (legs outside)
    • Leopard (legs inside)

 

  • Prepare to sprint by skipping first

 

  • I don’t believe the statement that proprioceptive information goes through the vestibular system is correct.  It’s more correct to say the information from both  is integrated.  It probably doesn’t matter practically.  Here is a nice algorithm.  
  • On the subject of disagreement,  toddlers ARE physically more mobile musculoskeletally.  I don’t think it’s just reflexive strength that gives it to him.  What do you think?  You probably use the OS concepts more than anyone I have met; do you continue to do stretching to address restrictions?
  • Why does the order change between the Reset and the Preset?  They’re pretty similar otherwise.
  • Bud Winter: His coaching skill sort of gets lost in the controversy at the 68 Olympics.  Have you looked at any of his stuff?  I haven’t.
  • Curious to know your thoughts on packing the neck vs. allowing it to extend during hip hinges, squats.  Someone posted a little article on strengthcoach.com about it where he seemed to feel he was cheating when he cued a client to extend their cervical spine duing a hinge to facilitate lordosis.  It does seem to work great.  As the book mentions, powerlifters ‘pack’ the neck, but Tim offers a good point…not everyone is powerlifting.
  • “Don’t confuse normal with natural.”  This is a good quote for clients and patients.  I also like Shirley Sahrmann’s “Normal is what your body is used to, not what’s right”  Or something like that.
  • Overall, I enjoyed it.  There are some good things to take away from it, one of which is that I think we as people who choose weight training as one of our big tools is that there are a lot of ways to create athleticism/movement competency or improve aesthetics..  Looking that a lot of the workouts I thought ‘you could do a lot worse’ for not having any equipment and being super simple.  
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