‘The Happy Medium’

On one hand, we can program for capacity. On another, body composition. On another movement patterns. On another prehab/rehab. On another health, longevity, vitality, stress management. And there is more on this list.

Here is where the problem begins. If your knowledge and understanding is only in one realm you will be sure to miss the weak links. Focusing on one goal, i.e. learning to teach one ‘protocol’ is the enemy. Before we continue, a weekend seminar or semester class is not even the beginnings of prepping to teach others.

You think you can just throw some random workout on the board for all members? Think you can trust a client to execute broad instructions, then reconvene weekly? Dream on. Each rep, each breath, each set, each week must be supervised. You are taking people by the hand and walking together with them through each phase.

You must know your own method.

Example: I can look at someone from across the gym and within moments known precisely how to mold them. (In order to have this ability a high level of anatomy must be developed.)
The metamorphosis is two fold. 1. Movement patterns must be skillfully developed. 2. Muscles and c.t. must be developed (prefect posture/symmetry). Here’s the thing tho. It can take a person a year of stretching and strength training before this posture is formed. But if the person trains movements patterns seriously before this moment, less efficient movement patterns will be developed. Making it that much harder to find perfect alignment.

At any starting point we need to go through (balance) each movement and the related muscles and connective tissue. (Squat, Clean, Handstand, Pullup, Dip, Jumping, etc.) If one individual muscle is out of balance any compound movement should be placed second on the priority list. Obviously continue the compound movement, but put most effort into balancing perfect posture. This is the underdeveloped rear-deltoids, latissimus dorsi, gastrocnemius, adductors, hip-flexors, fingers/wrist/forearms, neck-muscles, erectors, psoas, abdominasl, etc.

Every person has a different need. So again each rep is unique to the individual. The tempo of each rep, the time under tension, the frequency, etc. This level of attention to detail is what separates the pack. Group classes without separate levels? Seriously?

Dan Baruch


How can I set a goal / determine my vision?
First you must determine your aim, second you must set your priorities.
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How can I become more aware of my emotions and triggers?
Start by noticing what makes you happy and what makes you upset. Then be mindful of the triggers and reactions which come from these emotions.
(click here) Download AWARENESS work sheet. pdf


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