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What I learned at the 2012 Seminar

By: Daniel Raimondi

Lessons I’ve learned since the 2012 Seminar

April 26-27 was an awesome weekend for this in attendance at the Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar. Leading up to that weekend(and during) there was so much going on that we here at took a bit of time off to gather ourselves and breathe free for a moment. Now that we’re already into July, it’s time to get started again in preparation for next year’s seminar. To get this started, I want to write some ideas I’ve learned since the 2012 Seminar.

1. Watching Natalia Verkhoshansky take some of the coaches through a hands-on session hammered in the reality that bodyweight calisthenics can be incredibly rigorous for those not used to the exercises.

Lesson learned: Young athletes (»7-11) can get tremendous results by simply doing things like running, skipping, hopping, lunging, etc… for extended periods of time (15-20 minutes).

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What I Learned at The Seminar Part II-Matt Thome

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 more...]

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 more...]

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 Preparation in the NCAA 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

Seminar Countdown: A Q and A with Mike Robertson

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!