Incremental Successes

Often times there is a moment (seconds/years) when things feel and look repetitive. When building piece by piece (smoothing/refining) on what we have learned becomes arduous. In order to develop ‘new’ tasks ‘old’ ones must be mastered. Boring? NO. It is the teacher who runs from repetition that must be avoided. If you cannot perform a certain skill/movement (effortlessly) the only way to true mastery is to dissect each component. Slowly and painfully strengthening the balance (body-awareness/capacity). Unfortunately many fall victim to the wondering eye. Do not do this. All you need is what you have been given. Realization and honesty of where you are in relation to your target or the targets set for you is what makes it all function. Goals? Or the priorities they reveal? Incremental successes is all there is. So when given praise, do not take it lightly.

We stretch further. Squeeze harder. Sense with hyper-awareness. & Breathe with less internal-tension. We are after things most people never knew existed their entire lives.

Again, many have no clue, nearly all lack the patience, and few control the ego long enough to try something new which does not seem, but IS impossible (this moment).

“I exist only in truth. This way I am impermeable from head to toe.”

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.
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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


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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Purpose of the dead lift

Purpose of the dead lift is to create perfect symmetry and balance of the posterior chain.

 

That means your; hips, butt, back of your legs, ankles, heals, small of your back, upper back, shoulders, back of your neck, etc. The easiest way to test if you have this body line I am hinting at is… Noticing whether you are able to maintain vertical shins throughout the exercise. Realize this may not be your most efficient position for maximal contractile potential i.e. lift some heavy s***. But, it will force you to test your posterior chain’s fluidity and tension (flexibility for lack of a better term).

A trick I use is helping people rediscover their sit-bones. Pictured is an easy way to feel these guys. If you do not have any you may be an alien.

The progression that you most follow.

Once you are aware where these bones are address the bar again (best from a rack, bar roughly 1 ft from the floor). Touch to the floor with the sit bones hitting first while simultaneously keeping the shin bones vertical. If you are able to perform from the rack position (bar just below the knee cap) lower the bar 3 inches and repeat until you are pulling from the floor. This is a simple way to regain range of motion while developing both the flexibility in the posterior chain and the strength through the kinetic pattern (the lift).

These are the dynamics included. The relational tension between muscles and connective tissues. These are not (executionable) performance and movement pattern cues. This is a hint into the complexity of the deadlift. We still need to address; Lower back tension. Hamstring flexibility. External shoulder rotation. Scapular depression. Head position. Breath. Tempo. Balance. To name a few.

Anyways it is not about how much or how fast you can pick up the dog food. It is about how efficiently (injury free) and for how many years you will pick the dog food up.

Still think you know it all? Silly silly :p

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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Yoga?

Wondering my take on yoga?

Half of ‘you’ don’t have clue and the other half are busy with crystaIization. I sit happily in the middle occasionally watching in confusion.

Man explains, I have a knot in my back. Yes my friend I saw that when you left the car, your spine, your anatomical posture is crap. Those moveable bones called vertebrae, yeah they got you sliding down the pain train either way.

Undeveloped = Tight and Restrictive.
Flip the switch = See-through showed symptons.

My favorite example of connective tissue vs muscle is the movement pattern doris/plantar flexion/extension. With one you can tone (muscles) and one you can stretch (c.t.). The trick is to develop each separately (independently) and in parelel, together in synchrony (antagonist. protagonist). And succinctly, the moment (gap) i.e. moment of weightlessness and in-stability.

Another good expansion is, when rolling the shoulders, i.e. scapuler manipulation. With the wrong balance of connective tissues pliabIllity and muscle tension (toned & honed) you will hear the clicking and see the wincing.

The deeper the (concentric) contraction, meaning the shorter you can make the muscle, the further you will stretch the connective tissue (in control). This is the magic. *Strength thru range of motion. Not the sissy 30 second holds being done at the bar & yoga classes. My friend Gregory one of mn’s most mastered ballet instructors would go crazy.

Questions? Elaberations? It is a tricky one. Can you fInd your weakest links before it is to late?
info@minnesotasc.com

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


GET STARTED! CALL NOW!! 612-382-8594

*Download Screening Form