Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

Framing The Question

by GEOFFN on February 14

In the marketing world, it’s said the answer your customer gives you is based on how you frame the question.

There’s A LOT of buzz right now about Gym Movement and Adam T. Glass. Adam, for those of you who don’t know him, is VERY strong – a professional performing strongman. He has been setting PRs using biofeedback with his exercise programming. I am very excited for him and his progress. I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was using some of his training suggestions for my own training. And I have set several PRs. But let me qualify that statement.

I have been setting PRs in movements that are new to my body. I have not set any absolute PRs in old movements.

This gets back to “Framing the Question.”

Before Z-Health, I was VERY strong. Even while broken. But I had my issues, my compensations, my underlying gross movement pattern deficiencies.

I haven’t barbell snatched for a couple of weeks now – and pay attention class because this might be important – because even though it tested well – the best on that particular day – I couldn’t lift very much at all. It was as if an invisible force was stopping me and the weight from going up.

The next time the barbell snatch tested the best, the amount of weight and reps actually decreased from the previous training session, even though it tested the best out of all movements that day.

What was going on?

Well, quite simply, even though the snatch tested “well,” my body is still not capable of performing that lift to my mind’s expectations.

Why not?

Because I have still to fully fix/strengthen those formerly compensated movement patterns.

This is where having a plan of action, or a framework of reference, within which to test your biofeedback is a must.

The CK-FMS/FMS is a great place to start. Why? Because, and catch this, it screens your movement patterns.

So why couldn’t I move my snatch numbers up on these particular days? Because my underlying gross deficiency – reflexive core stability – is still generally weak – too weak to lift heavy weights overhead safely.

Now, I can hear you saying, “Why didn’t you test specific reflexive cores stability work that day.” I dunno. Probably because I had just done some of that work the day before, and it had tested the best that particular day. The point of the biofeedback is what tests the best in your arsenal on any given day. This of course assumes you have a broad arsenal.

So what can you do with the biofeedback information?

Here’s what I’d do:

  1. Discover your limitations and weaknesses and make note of them using a screen like the FMS/CK-FMS or even just the Get Up.
  2. Add the necessary correctives and their derivations for the screen results.
  3. Test them using your biofeedback.
  4. Pick the top 2 or 3 and train them that day.
  5. Repeat for 2 weeks and then re-screen. If you’re clear, then start adding in the stuff you’re good at and like to do and add the biofeedback.

Now why should you listen to a word I’m saying?

Because I’m busy re-training stuff – stuff that used to be easy to do (circa 1998). I’m doing this stuff because I ignored what made me strong and tried to take shortcuts. Then I found my limits. Can I say I’m moving better now than back then? I don’t know – I moved pretty damn well back then. Especially for a bigger guy (230lbs).

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last 20 years of lifting heavy stuff, there are no shortcuts. They usually lead to cliff edges. If you skimp out, you’ll pay the price. Even if your biofeedback says you won’t.

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