The Abdomen

When performing sit-ups, press your index and middle finger into the abdomen (1-3 inches below the belly button). Located here is your colon’s last segment before the first of two sphincters. Think of this as the brain of your organs. Strengthening both the oxygenation, muscle-tone, and stamina not only relieves stress, but strengthens B.M.’s and protects the lumbar-spine, i.e. lower back.

So what exercise can you practice to increase strength, flexibly and balance of the trunk?

How about starting with the basic floor sit-up. This is the first (ideally) movement to master. Increased awareness and body control is what you will find. Test/Retest: 15 repetitions @10 second concentric and eccentric contractions. If this cannot be performed, I can teach you tested progressions to get you there. Like any feeling, you must experience this first-hand to comprehend the totality of this physical manipulation.

Also this area of the body, (the trunk) is commonly mislabeled as the core. Few people have an understanding and contractile capacity to tap into the core or center (midline). This is the case because little evolution and progression exist today (popularly). If you are still using the same protocol from last month when isolating and compoundly training the trunk of your body, well keep looking.

I teach in an order in-which the beginning does not look, feel, or function the same as the end. This translates into the practitioner as challenging yet obtainable sessions. Sessions in which immediate feedback rules all.

Living moment to moment.

The goal as a teacher is to demonstrate impossibilities, then take you there.

Be well.

Dan Baruch


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How can I become more flexible?

First we need to create movement patterns. Patterns we move freely throughout (mobility). Once this range of motion is fluid we must implement flexibility training. This means painful stretching of the tendons and ligaments. We then go back and strengthen all of the muscles involved during this range of motion. Then we repeat. This is the way myself and students have always done it…

A good example is:

  • While standing, bouncing lightly touching your toes.
  • Then while sitting locking the knees and grasping the toes, pull your head to your knees.
  • Then while standing on two boxes placed two feet from one another, perform ‘toe touches’ holding a heavy kettle bell, maintaining the handle’s travel path in-line with the ankles and hips

Dan Baruch


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Transverse Plane – Abdominal Training

Lesson for today: The Transverse Plane

So when you do the 150 lb dumbbell on chest sit-ups you challenge your abdominal strength. But this will likely develop imbalances. Obviously if you do not do the; leg lifts, and dragon flares, and kneeling/standing cable crunches, weighted planks, etc. – you will always be weak.

But here is the kicker. If you are standing on the bosu ball doing one legged dead-lifts with a weak 20 lb dumbbell, or using the cable column to do a lunge into standing row, or holding the barbell extended while supine attempting anti-rotational drills. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME!

To once and a while (weekly) train the transverse plane (rotational movements) is a must, but everyday every movement? Not smart. This is one not safe and two not nearly as efficient in developing muscular monsterness/ i.e. contractile potential.

Take home message (practical application). Do both and figure how much of each is correct.

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?
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The secret plan for progressive strength.

The secret plan for progressive strength.

The plan is to periodically progress past your current capacity. The challenge is to achieve the deepest muscle soreness (possible) while at the same time avoid any connective tissue strains. In order to do so progressions must be the central/integral framework in the method.

For example: the bicep curl.

We will use this movement because it is the easiest for people to imagine. If you are not sore for days post training you have never experienced what we are talking about, but again we are talking about muscle soreness coupled with zero connective-tissue strain. An extremely difficult achievement. This is where hormesis and the bigger (training) picture comes in.

And why should one induce such a violent protocol? Because if you are serious about your muscular development you will seek out professionals who can get you to this level of mastery. If you are not satisfied with your current physical potential you must train past your current capacity. This is just the way it is.

It is called hypertrophy, some say no pain no gain, you can describe “it” many ways, but you have to actually feel it to have an opinion and know what “it” precisely is. You can geek out with the physiology of it. How actin and myosin interplay with the z-line causing micro-tears in the set number of muscle fibers during the eccentric contraction (lengthening phase) and the vital need for calcium and electrolytes to spark properly to engage this contraction. The geek stuff is the fact checking. The fact checking I had done at 18 years old at university.

We can get into the personalization, the volume, the frequency, the duration, etc. But anyone who gives (bad) advice over the internet or from a book is no master in my mind. Everyone’s body is different. The method I have in place can not be found in a book. That would be like discovering the meaning of life. Not in this reality folks. The reality is we need to do the experiments and come to the discoveries one by one on our own.

Dan Baruch


How can I set a goal / determine my vision?
First you must determine your aim, second you must set your priorities.
(click here) Download GOAL setting work sheet. pdf

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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