Little things…

“Don’t sweat the small stuff” it’s been said.

But what if the “devil’s in the details?”

Little things make a BIG difference.

Here’s one for example – weight distribution in the feet when pulling or squatting.

Here’s another – head and eye position when pressing overhead.

And another – the idea of “neutral spine” – does it have more than one meaning?

Ok, in fact, here’s a list:

  • this one bugs me – the “arthrokinetic reflex” – does it really exist, or is it manufactured?
  • eye, head, and neck position while pulling
  • eye, head, and neck position while squatting
  • joint mobility – what’s the real definition?
  • core function and popular programming
  • program design and proper sequencing
  • arguing semantics – changing the definitions of words to match your definition of what you want something to mean

Now, I’m sure you can think of more than I’ve come up with here, but these are just a few.

What are some of your little things? I’d love to hear about them.

4 comments… add one
  • Billy Meyer Jun 29, 2010 @ 13:18

    Breathing, and how integrated breathing with movement and speech affects the entire kinetic chain. And what is and how to attain appropriate breathing patterns once they are lost from chronic pain from injury.

  • Donovan Worland Jun 29, 2010 @ 16:44

    Those little things:

    Am I sticking out my chest, arch of the ribs, navel?

    Am I getting a ‘Long’ feeling at the bottom of the swing?

    Breath, did it ‘plode from the bread basket or from the belly, both or was it withering out from my solar plexus?

    Does the clean just happen or am I doing too much?

    Where are my toes?

  • Russ Moon Jun 29, 2010 @ 17:18

    * weight distribution in the feet when pulling or squatting.

    * eye, head, and neck position while squatting

    * grooving my start positions “the setup predetermines the motion”
    I want a correct,consistent,identical start position that is correct for my body.

    Masters sweat the small stuff, the basics, what others consider routine that’s the foundation of what makes them more fundamentally sound.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise, Geoff. The further I progress into the workouts in your book “Kettlebell Muscle” the higher your IQ is going….LOL. Wk 2 Light day completed yesterday, Hvy Coming up

    PS – Read the book again and my answer to the squat rack question was there, thank you. Your rack position appears very compact I am going to attempt to mimic that more and see what happens I bet it will become another ah-ha moment. We will find out tomorrow.

    I was so excited when I got the book I read it, highlighted it and dived in, 4 workouts later when I regained my breath and the initial shock and awe had initially subsided, I reread and found the answer. It’s really working.

  • Eric Moss Jun 29, 2010 @ 23:13

    optimal hip placement on the getup 🙂

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