4 years (and about a week) was the first time I ever coached a session as an independent/self employed coach. Oh my, where has the time gone? In that time I have met so many wonderful people, friends even, and done some very awesome things (including coaching the high school rugby team I love). I’d name everyone that’s helped, but I’m 100% sure I’d miss someone, but hopefully everyone knows who they are.
I do want to give recognition to one person. I would not be around this long without the help of my friend, colleague and mentor Tony Gentilcore. There are many people that can be mentioned here, but he certainly deserves special mention. Without him, his help and his generosity, I would not have made this far, plain and simple. Even after all that, the guy is still generous with his time when I need to pick his brain, which I do my best not abuse this chance. I can not thank him (and everyone else again) enough for their help getting me to this point and I only see good things going forward as the group at Core, transition to the new space.
Thank you all for 4 year and looking forward to many more!
Happy Friday all! Who's excited for baseball season? Anyone? Well, if you're a Red Sox fan like myself, I can't blame you for not being super amped. Well in either case, I've got some entertainment for you to slide into that weekend with, hope you enjoy.
Today in the fitness industry, you get a little further by making a stand against certain things and being a little polarizing. There does come a point where people take that too far and just start talking stupid. I get it, when things are new, it’s scary, but if those things stuck around in similar circles to your own, there might be something to it. Don’t bash it because you don’t understand or you feel irrelevant because of it.
Case and point, most of us have noticed that more and more people are using the trap bar. If you’re one of these idiots that thinks it makes you weak or less of a lifter, coach or, god help you, a person, please delete all of your social media before you spit more of that trash into folks ears and eyes. The days of these extreme “hardcore” views being cool are numbered.
I don’t care if it’s not allowed on the platform, 75% of trainees do not give a damn to ever get on the platform. There’s NOTHING wrong with either. They just want to be strong and be healthy.
Here’s the real life facts, some people are just simply not put together to handle a straight bar deadlift, off of the floor. Have you ever tried having a big basketball center or rugby second row try to pull a straight bar off the floor? I’m guessing it didn’t go very well. A trap bar, or even an elevated trap bar is likely the best solution for these types of people to train their hinge pattern. Let’s do a little check list;
➖Are the hips above the knees? Yes
➖Are the shoulders above the hips? Yes
➖Is the spine in neutral position (lumbar especially)? Yes
➖Are we targeting glutes and hammies with a bit of quad involvement? Yes
It’s a deadlift and it’ll be effective. END
By the ridiculous standards that these fools are setting, a Safety Squat Bar squat isn’t a real squat, yet many of them don’t seem to have a problem involving it in their trainings.
Many folks, more experienced and smarter than I, seem to agree that the trap bar. Chris Duffin, he’s a pretty damn smart guy. He made it a point to make a new and better version of a trap bar. Suffice to say, as smart as he is, if he didn’t think the trap bar was a viable option for deadlifts, he probably wouldn’t have put time and effort to make a trap bar of his own.
There’s also a great post that Greg Knuckols put out in February of 2017, again really smart person, that extensively covered just how good the trap bar is, go read it. Yeah, like now.
So next time you hear someone shitting on the trap bar, kick 🦵 them in the shin…or at least tell them they are 100% wrong.
Thanks for your time and have a good weekend everyone!
Happy weekend everyone! So, who wants a story? Well I'm telling one anyway, so kick back and settle in. After a recent outing with some friends, I went through this all in my own head. Seeing as it was kind of a deal at the time, I thought I'd share it.
About 6 years ago, some of you may recall a few posts and possibly even the photo below, talking about my leaving the sport of rugby, at least playing wise. What can I say, I kind of made it a thing, my bad. Well, if you have been paying attention to this blog or my social media for longer than 5 minutes, that’s clearly not the case. Still trotting out there every fall and spring.
A bit about that time 6 years ago, see at that time I thought I was setting out on my career path of being be a college strength and conditioning coach. If you know anything about that occupation, you know there certainly isn’t a ton of time for things like rugby.
That summer I was beginning an internship at Boston University with their S&C staff (thank you Michael Anderson!), the first step to getting that type of job I thought I was heading for. Then it would be grad school and getting a GA position, then finding a coaching vacancy at a school I could fill. You can see that there wouldn’t be a ton of time for me to spend with a rugby club and an oblong ball.
I was wrong...like way wrong (no kidding dude you still play) I know I know, but seriously I thought this was going to be the end of my playing, so much so that when I walked away from my last match, I had tears in my eyes, and even cried in the car a bit. Yes, I’m not messing with you. It’s a passion and as many of you know, has lead me to many of the best things in my life, my wife being the glaring obvious standout.
You see, while doing my internship, I figured out there was much of THE GAME to be played, as some call it. Yes, it must be played in most circumstances in life, a not so fun fact. This variation and/or amount of it, was just simply something I was not aware of, nor willing to do for the rest of my life. So, things changed for me. I loved my time with BU and will not forget some of the most important people in my career that I met there, Ant Morando & Ashley Crosby (Wittgren). I am not taking anything away from coaches in that part of the field by any means. They are absolutely some of the most brilliant minds in our field and bless their hearts for being able to handle those jobs with class and watch over those athletes to the level that they do. It was not for me though.
I’m not sorry that I didn’t go down that path, because it wasn’t my path. First XV wouldn’t exist, I wouldn’t be Coach Dyke, and I would not have met some of the people & friends that have made my life what it is today.
So, if you wonder why it is that retirement thing didn’t take, there’s your long winded answer. The short version? I’d miss it too much.
Thanks for reading! Have a good weekend all!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS