How I am becoming a supple leopard is partly by chance…..
Last thursday evening:
” Joe I just wanted to let you know that there is a space open in the Kelly Starrett mobility course on saturday. A lady who registered cant make it and would like to sell her ticket. I was just letting you know to see if you would still be interested in purchasing it from her. Let me know, Laura”
That short message from Laura Phelps Sweatt (one of the strongest women EVER! and co owner of the Sweatt Shop ) seriously made my night. Perhaps month as well. Facebook can actually have some good news on it occasionally. Actually I was so happy, I almost felt bad for the lady who was selling her ticket to me because I was pretty sure it was going to be a great learning experience.
For those who dont know who Dr. Kelly Starrett is, I’ll fill you in. He is one of the leaders in movement therapy and overall human performance in the country, if not the world. Oh, and he also created MobilityWOD.com If you have any musculoskeletal issues at all I highly suggest you research his site.
Cant lift your left arm as high as you can your right??? Use the search bar on MobilityWOD.
Knees hurt when you squat? CHECK MOBILITYWOD.
Back pain? You get it …..Become a supple leopard.
Recently Starretts’ book Becoming A Supple Leopard : The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance was released after a much anticipated wait. Packed with near 400 pages of injury prevention, pain relief, and increasing performance, this should be one of your go to books when dealing with your training and helping your clients. The man really should be called the “Fixer” in my mind.
Best Part of Crossfit??
Why am I all about this guys work?? Well I have been into mobility and musculoskeletal relief since 2007 when I hurt my back and shoulder training for a bodybuilding show. With the help of several massage therapists and books such as the Frozen Shoulder Handbook, I became addicted to such awkward acts of rolling on racquetballs, lacrosse balls and foam rollers. If you’ve know me for a while you know this to be true. I’ve always had a ball or some type of massage tool with me while working with clients. Heck I even keep them in every car and bag that I own just in case I have to drive for an hour I can loosen up my hamstrings. You have to be proactive if you want to change your tissues. Static stretching just isn’t the ticket, this is the new age !!!!
When MobilityWOD exploded from Crossfitters views , I thought “Oh great I’m sure this is just another “elite” something or other”. Some of you may know I have been rubbed wrong by a lot of closed minded Crossfitters attitudes in the recent years with my Competition Kettlebell Gym Swing This Kettlebell and Strength. Definitely not all but a lot. So it really surprised me when I looked into his work that it was exactly what I have been fooling around with and more of the stuff that I was really looking for !!! Dont get me wrong Crossfit is a great thing but I think that the best part of it is now the work and additional thought brought out on human movement by Kelly Starrett. I know that statement sounds bold. I feel it to be strong and true. It doesn’t matter what type of training you do, his way of fixing NORMAL, NATURAL human movement is incredible and can go a long way to fixing the injury cycle we as a civilization are stuck in.
The book Joe, the book!!
Ok , I get it. You want to see whats in it. Well for quickness sake, heres a bulleted list.
- How to stabilize and protect your spine , torso,and back …..what I like to refer as being STRONGCORE!!!
- How to create torque to be super strong and super safe when you train
- How to CORRECTLY perform basic human movements that we do a variation of every day. From highly stable exercises to exercises that challenge the strength, speed and change of position during the executed exercise. example olympic lifts
- How to identify problems in those movements.
- How to fix the problems yourself ,or with a SUPERFRIEND
- How to become Leopard like
- Mobility systems such as Joint Mechanics, Sliding Surfaces and Muscle Dynamics
- Mobilization methods using such fun as BANDED DISTRACTION, VOODOO FLOSS COMPRESSION, and the lovely lacrosse ball of pain. you may also want to check out Kelly’s new invention the GEmini and Supernova. You can get all this goodness at Rogue Fitness under the MOBILITY CATEGORY.
- All of the restoration techniques are organized neatly into area of the body in the back of the book with targeted mobility areas, commonly used tools and test and retest examples. Thoracic spine a little tight? Look at Area 1. Clunky knee? Area 10.
This book is seriously what you’ve been looking for since you tweaked your elbow on your bench press PR last month. Perhaps its also a laymans term guide to helping find what you may wish you ask your doctor pre or post surgery.
Whats the philosophy behind the leopard??
A leopard is always ready to do its job, pounce, attack, defend, etc without pulling a hammie. Can you say that about yourself?? When you start your spring cleaning and climb the ladder to your gutters 40 times, do your connective tissues and muscles have what it takes to not destroy your ACL?? Can you load that new 60 inch flatscreen television into your truck and take it up the stairs without turning your spine into a dust pile?? Watch how often your animals stretch. It could be a hundred times a day!! Im going to guess that they are definitely more supple than you, Mr “Sit down all day but workout religiously” CEO.
CAUTION!!!!!!YOU WILL GAIN EMPOWERING INFORMATION
WIth this book being SO EASY to understand you may just become addicted to fixing your issues like I did years ago. You may not be able to stop thinking of it all day. There’s no reason being 33 years old that you should feel like an ex NFL lineman (without playing football of course).
FEEL BETTER !
My Final Thoughts on the book….
Get into the jungle with the other leopards if you want to continue training hard like you do.
Because if you don’t…. you will get easily passed up with a bum leg.
Grab it on AMAZON Good price and QUICK!!
Stay tuned in for the next couple days for part 2, when I review the first mobility course Starrett put on after the book was released. It was pretty damn good….