My name is Jarrod Dyke, and I am a nobody, but that does not make me wrong in what I'm going to say.
Haven't written one of these in awhile, and was going to restart this thing with some stuff about training athletes and how it applies to my favorite pass time. This feels like something that needs to be put into the ether first.
We have power to change our industry, and it starts with not pedaling those that have chosen to be less than stellar people, just to stay relevant, some even got to be ‘a name’ by being the biggest asshat versions of themselves.
At what point do we stop giving coaches a free pass for being & doing this, just for the sake of open exploration, or whatever colorful bullshit term we want to put to it?
To me it’s no longer enough to just not be a jerk. You have to speak out about these coaches that are out there. Is whatever minute bit of information really worth letting the super jerks of the industry remain on the their pedestal without being called out? Especially if they’re only remaining there because they are jerks or controversial?
Does it really need to take someone getting the level of Greg Glassman for us to call someone out and say no that’s not alright and I’m not having it?
I’m not having it anymore, where abusing your partner is given a pass because you WERE a good coach. I’m not having it anymore where assaulting women because you’re a ‘name’ and you think you’re untouchable, is given a pass. Their knowledge, which is likely just repeat information from somewhere else, is not worth that much.
Let the asses of the industry work with their likes or folks that have lost their morals, I can’t stand by any more though. I can get the information elsewhere without having to let a piece of me eat away.
Thanks to anyone that read this, I'll try for something more productive soon.
Happy Thirsty Thursday all. Everyone is still being safe with their health & going out to places, and not super cavalier like some folks I know. If you are, please consider others out there. Alright, today I wanted to share a post about mobility and warmups that went up on social media from me, and now I'm sharing it here for those that aren't into that type of thing.
Let’s face it, most of us hate warming up, and I’m in that boat too. It’s not exciting, it’s not sexy, but it’s necessary. For sure, no one wants to have their warm-up take much time. For some, you may only have 20-30 minutes to get something in, why would you wan to spend half to a third of that time on warming up. Here are through movements that can give you more for less time (and aren’t going to require 10 specialty pieces of equipment).
1) World’s Greatest- Hips, Hamstrings, T-Spine
I am a fine of digging that elbow down towards your front ankle and others would prefer you push the knee out with that elbow, depends on your limitations really. Also, I personally like to switch legs through the pushup position to get those shoulders going too.
2) Bridge with Reach- Glutes, T-Spine, Hip Flexor
Gotta get some glute activation and this will just make a few other things work or stretch like your t-spine, those smaller glute muscles and your hip flexor.
3) Squat to Overhead- Hips, Scaps, T-Spine
This things humbled me once upon a time…and still does. I just suck at it a little less than I use to. Some will choose to do rotations here and that’s fine too. I just figured we’ve hit that movement enough with the firs too, maybe get those scaps to work a bit more instead.
So next time you need to get loose and warm without burning tons of daylight, add one of these babies in and do 5 each.
Happy Thirsty Thursday to everyone, hope everyone is safe and healthy out there. For those that missed this post on social media (hint hint, wink wink) this little diddy went up yesterday, but wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to lay eyes on it. I hope it helps clear things up for at least 1 or 2 of you out there.
Saying Deadlifts are bad for your back is on the same laziness level as saying squats are bad for your knees. Yes if you do either of these like an asshole, no kidding it’s going to hurt. If you do any exercise wrong you’ll likely feel pain or get hurt. (Some of you will understand the significance of Grumpy Cat here).
Deadlifts actually might be one of these best things you can do to keep your back healthy or, in some cases, get a bad back healthier.
Most that have set eyes on this page/account before are aware that the deadlift is in the hinge family, hooray hinges! Hinging movements are primarily focused on hamstrings, glutes and spinal erectors, with things like quads and your major core muscles chipping in too. I’m going to give you a SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) as to what muscles will really help keep your back nice and healthy. You nailed it, those same three! Strong glutes, hamstrings, erectors, and a good mobility routine is a damn simple way to keep your back from getting crankier than Grumpy Cat.
To that, let me just tell you about a couple of people I’ve been working with. Each have had their own back issues (stenosis and arthritis) to the point where they saw physician and did some physical therapy for it. Both of them do trap bar deadlifts and rack pulls with me. Both of them were experiencing limited to no pain in their back before we went into lockdown, and that had been the case for 9-12 month+ for each. Ok, I’m done tooting my own horn.
Now I can understand not being comfortable coaching a deadlift variation for someone with back pain if you are very green and new. It’s a scary thought and you’re trying not to hurt the person, that totally makes sense. Don’t coach something you’re not confident with when you’re at that stage…or ever. But using these types of excuses is just a lazy way of coaching.
So the next time someone says, oh no, I can’t deadlift, I have a bad back. There’s a deadlift variation for them out there, I promise. Thanks for your time everyone, feel free to comment with thoughts and feedback. Stay safe everyone!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS