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As a follow up to Jay’s article, I thought I’d add some of the key points that I personally learned at this year’s Seminar. I know this seems redundant, however, the wealth of information covered in April has left us with a lot to talk about (to say the least). So let’s get right to it.

Mike Robertson:
Being an avid reader of his blog and having seen Mike Robertson present before, I have to say, leading up to the seminar I was very excited to see what else there was to learn from this guy. Mike’s presentation encompassed his view of what corrective exercise actually is and also gave various examples of people who it would benefit most. If we can identify limitations and make simple adjustments to target those limitations, we will be able to greatly impact performance. Of course we all know that our programming should be based on our client or athlete’s weaknesses, but do we actually do this, or just lead ourselves to believe we are? And while we’re working to elevate the level of these limitations, what’s happening with everything else? In other words, are we providing the right amount of focus on these weak areas while still improving performance, or has the rest of the program come to a halt altogether?
Lesson: There are many facets to athletic performance. Make sure to provide the proper amount of focus to each area based on individual needs. Read the rest of this entry

What I Learned at The Seminar-Part I

First, it must be said that it is an absolute honor to be associated with this event. There are so many people who make The Seminar possible that if I attempted to list them all I’m certain I would miss someone. So with that in mind, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who was involved with the weekend, from the presenters, to the people in attendance both in Richmond and via the web, to the people who help out behind the scenes with everything from transportation, to set up, to helping with the presenters, everyone, thank you very much for being a part of it. I hope The Seminar is something that you enjoy and are proud to be part of as much as I am. Ok, now that that is said, let’s talk about what I personally took from the weekends’ presentations:

Mike Robertson:
We started out with Mike Robertson discussing what, in his opinion, corrective exercise is. Leading up to The Seminar, Mike said numerous times that the lineup had a ton of really smart people, and Mike Robertson. Mike’s humble thought of himself was immediately proven to be just that, and he showed very shortly that what he should have said was, “there is a great line up of smart people” and left it at that. His holistic approach is, in my mind, dead on, but so many people miss the boat on it. They pass the buck, or just run and hide from actually training whomever it is they are working with and just trying to “fix” them. They can actually train because that’s what corrective work is, and that, to me, is a priceless message: get them better no matter what.
Lesson: The whole is equal to the sum of its parts, and at the same time, the HOLE is equal to the sum of its part. Work to improve performance while working the corrective strategies needed, both on a team and individual basis.

Cal Dietz:
Understanding that, as Dan John said, “the goal is to keep the goal the goal”, Cal brought programming back into focus in his presentation. His methods, which can be found in his book here, are unique, but very focused because “the more specific we can make the stress, the farther we can push the organism to the direction we want it to be.” Keeping a focus to your training and making sure that your training is within that focus is the best way possible to lead to the adaptations to your athletes. Although this sounds simple, in reality it is a very complex, specified, and important concept to follow.
Lesson: Find what qualities need to be improved with that athlete and design the training to stress the athlete to improve the specific quality. Read the rest of this entry

Natalia Verkhoshansky Presentation Slides

The slides from Dr. Verkhoshansky’s presentations on the Shock Method and General Adaptation Syndrome will be available in approximately 1 month to those who were in attendance, both in person and online.  Please do not distribute these slides if you are already in possession of them. Thank you to those who made the presentation a huge success! Now it’s time to prepare for next year…

Cal Dietz Presentation

These are the slides Coach Dietz used in his presentation.

Cal Dietz Virgina 2012

Here is the sequencing.  The password is seminar2012

Sequencing of exercise



Cal Dietz 2012 Presentation Slides

Cal Dietz CVASPS 2012 Presentation Slides

Landon Evans-Physical Perparation in the NCAA, A Complementary Approach

Slides From Saturday Morning

Joel Jamieson-Managing the Training Process – CVASPS



Slides From Day 1


Mike Robertson-Corrective Exercise: Fact vs Fiction

Known to many as “The Rehab Guy”, Mike Robertson’s presentation “Corrective Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction” is one that I am truly excited for. So many coaches want to implement screening but do not know the when’s and where’s of how to implement the strategies. Mike’s holistic approach to training is one that is absolutely fantastic, and he will cover it in his presentation. This is a must for anyone who has thought of or does implement any screening and corrective exercises with their athlete’s.

JD: Mike, thanks for taking the time out of your hectic  schedule at IFAST  to talk with us a bit about your presentation, “Corrective Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction” that you will be giving at the 2012 Seminar. I know you’re a busy dude, so let’s get right to it.

First off, Mike, what do you feel is the biggest mistake coaches make out there when implementing corrective exercises?

MR: Great question J!

I think the biggest issue most people make is not knowing what corrective exercise is in the first place. Most people assume that corrective work is just foam
rolling, stretching and/or core and glute activation drills.  Quite simply, corrective exercise determines what specifically is holding the client in front of you back. It could be mobility issues, stability issues, energy system development, or a host of other things.

People get too focused on the modalities, and don’t focus enough on the end result –getting our clients healthier, and/or improving their performance.

JD: With that in mind Mike, where and how would you change their approaches?

MR: This is a loaded question, because true corrective exercise is a holistic approach to training. If they aren’t assessing their clients and athletes it starts there. If you aren’t assessing, you’re guessing as to their needs and limitations. Once the assessment is concluded, it’s time to develop a program that addresses what you found in the assessment.

Where and how is hard to answer, because this is stuff that should be going on daily. Beyond the formal assessment and program design process, you also have to be flexible and willing to adapt based on how the athlete is responding to training.

Unfortunately, that’s probably vaguer than what you’d like to hear, but that’s just how it works.

JD: Mike thanks for taking the time to rap with us a bit today. We’re really excited to have you here on campus at the University of
Richmond for the 2012 Seminar. I’m sure our attendees are just as excited. We can’t wait to see the presentation. Any closing comments you’d like to add?

MR: Thanks J! I’m really just trying not to bring down the seminar too much. You’ve got an absolutely stacked line-up, and I can’t wait to learn from some of the best and brightest in the business!

JD: Thanks Cal for taking a few moments to talk about your presentation at the 2012 Seminar, “Advanced Principles in Training”.  I know you’ve got a lot on your plate at Minnesota preparing for the Frozen Four so let’s get right to it.

JD: Cal, you’re known quite well for your ability to investigate research and find a useful and practical way of implementing it into your training.  As our attendees have seen over the past 2 years you are on the cutting edge of programming.  So the question is this: what are the latest and greatest changes to Coach Dietz’s programming?

CD: Well Jay, as we read and research here at the University of Minnesota, my staff and I keep coming up with the conclusion that if you can take all the aspects of the type of stress you’re providing and simplify it such that your stress becomes more specific, the organism has a tendency to adapt more quickly because you’re not wasting energy reserves or adaptation reserves on many different signals.  Now, where that will go eventually in the long run is that there are times in the year where there is generalized training (most likely at the beginning); ultimately, however, each stressor must become very specific as it has been said many times by Soviet researchers and Doctor Yessis.  The question is a matter of coming up with the methods to do that.

Understanding this fundamental principle of performance requires a grasp of biochemistry and bioenergetics (which basically go hand in hand), and the specificity of adaptation as it pertains to an individual or group of athletes in the context of their entire training program. This individualization in my program will ultimately be based on different leveling and how much stress can be handled based on the athlete’s work capacity. We may have 3 or 4 different levels with 5 or 6 different programs for a particular team. Those programs would not be recognizably much different for the general person to see but they will be different on many fronts. The next hope in the direction is that we find methods to identify where an athlete is at in his physical capabilities and make sure you train them to the level that they need at that moment.  Along with the physical capabilities, you have the physical needs of an athlete, such as which qualities or weaknesses does he or she possess that could potentially be hindering performance.  

JD: When looking at the idea of advanced principles, I’m sure the first question our attendees and readers will have is, “will this be useful for less advanced athletes?”  Can you talk about that briefly?

CD: The biggest question is will these advanced principles work for any athlete. I guess the best answer to that question comes in the form of a question. If you are not killing the organism, then the organism is going to adapt to the stress that is being applied. Now, I promise you unless we’re looking at extreme diseased cases, the organism will adapt to most stressors. Keeping this in mind, yes I think all components of very specific stress, for example eccentric type training, are useful for lower level athletes.  I find that if you do eccentrics throughout the entire body then they acquire eccentric strength better because the adaptations aren’t just specifically geared towards the movements themselves, but rather oriented systemically, especially when the nervous system is involved. It has been shown and demonstrated often that less advanced athletes adapt quickly because their nervous systems are becoming that much more efficient.  I know the Triphasic book has prompted many questions and I’m actually surprised because the quality of questions shows that people are doing some very creative work after they have read Triphasic Training. Triphasic training isn’t’ a specific system; rather, it’s a general concept that people are placing into their current system and achieving great results because essentially it addresses any weak links in the sequence of a movement pattern to attain a more functional and powerful result. Now I don’t mean “functional training”, but function of the muscle as it relates to sports performance.

JD:  Cal, thanks for taking the time to rap with us a bit today. We’re really excited to have you back here on campus at The University of Richmond for The Seminar for the third straight year.  I’m sure our attendees are just as excited for this presentation as they have been for the past three.  We can’t wait to see the presentation.

CD: Thanks, J, I’m very excited about presenting this year. Looking at your line up I’m very excited about some particulars I’ve seen and heard that are going to take place with Natalia Verkhoshansky, Joel Jamison, and Val. I truly believe this clinic has been building and keeps getting better every year and if you can’t come out with tons of new ideas from this  you basically fell asleep and weren’t listening. I appreciate all of your efforts and am very excited to be there to listen and learn from some of the best clinicians in the country, if not the world.


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