You guys do all realise that I do more stuff than just have people do band pull-a-parts and stand around laughing at them don’t you?
The blog doesn’t reflect everything I do everyday…you realise that as well don’t you?
Like for example today…went something like this:
Early, early morning…clients and athletes…mid morning…eggs and coffee and fighting with and harassing people on the internet…meeting at lunchtime with a sports organisation (I always like to schedule meetings around meal times…these guys got off easy as I’m in training…so just 3 cups of coffee) then over to Dublin City University to work with some intellectually disabled athletes…which is brilliant work…and not to different to the challenges I face with the rest of my athletes. Then some paper work…I hate paper work. Then this afternoon and evening I was in the gym and on the pitch with some more intellectually disabled athletes as you can see below.
Pitch conditioning session.
On to the topic of the moment…I do get a lot of emails from people asking a variety of questions…but lately a lot of them have been of this variety.
Subject: Improving Scapular Control
I’ve been reading your blog for the last couple of days. I was wondering if you could outline or send me a link (if I miss it) about the approach you use to improve scapular control?
I also see a lot of band pull apart video that you put up. Could you maybe write a blog post about how you analyze the video? Sometimes while looking at the video, I don’t know how it has improved or not.
Random Internet Person
It really is quite simple…with regard to analysis…I look for symmetry and control…it is rarely ever perfect but you have to start somewhere. I mean there are books written all about this sort of stuff and it would be crazy for me to go into massive detail after other much smarter people have done so…but that’s never really stopped me in the past. I start at the neck and work my way down. Look at how there traps sit, look at their shoulder height and position, the level and orientation of their scapula.
I have them do the band pull-a-parts in a horizontal and vertical plane…in an open and closed position. I have them do chest supported scap rows to see what their scapula recruitment is like…to essentially see whether they are trap or rhomboids…a lot of people can’t use their rhomboids…they are just so trap dominant…see also athletes that are really crap at inverted rows…do you see how this all starts to come together…any way…then I get them to do some scap push ups and inverted shrugs and scap chins….see what they can do and what they can’t do and how good or bad their control of these movements are.
Then we fix it. I mean seriously…how can you possibly think your bench, pull ups or chins, military pressing…..actually forget that…how can you seriously think you could be doing anything as well as you could when essentially the ‘base’ of all these movements is crap or even just worse than it should be.
As always…if people ask proper questions or even make proper criticism I’ll be only to happy to clarify or post more on the subject…and no, ‘you’re a fat idiot’ is not proper criticism.