Strength & Mobility
The Strength & Mobility training I teach has its root in Calisthenics, bodyweight training. It is different to Gymnastics because I do not teach training based on set skills like tumbling, manna, planche etc. There are certain elements that are similar but instead of having focus on achieving a set number of skills I guide the person to first generally improve their human physical function. Secondly we work on specific skills and movements the student has an interest for.
With that in mind, my teaching stems from the idea of developing Strength and Mobility needed to feel versatile and resilient in activites important to the person. These activities may be playing paddle with friends on a Thursday night, participate in a Handstand class twice a week or playing with the kids daily after work.
The Strength & Mobility training I teach is my own unique mix of lessons I’ve learnt over the years at University, from my Dad and other Wrestling coaches, Charles Poliquin and his many co instructors, Emmet Louis and Mikael Kristiansen at Handstandfactory, Ido Portal, Gary Ward and Chris Sritharan at Anatomy in Motion, Kit Laughlin and Olivia Allnutt at Stretch Therapy, Dave Wardman at Physical Alchemy and Mushtaq Ali Al Ansari and Noor Kyle Finnerty at the Nine Sided Cirle. These are some of the bigger influences I’ve had but there’s many more..
For a program to fulfill the above aims I often* include bodyweight exercises as well as some free weights [especially for providing an adequate stimulus for leg training].
*The program structure and content varies for each of my students because one person is never the same as another.
The Mobility training I teach encompasses:
1. [Partner] Stretching done solo or with a partner to improve body awareness, flexibility and expand on the person’s body map. Body mapping for me means; learning to feel more of one’s body, where it has restrictions and then start exploring or ‘mapping’ it out. This section is influenced by Stretch Therapy and Physical Alchemy together with my own exploration.
2. Different kinds of Mobility exercises that teaches the body to pull in to and push out of deep position, some of which are influenced by the work of Emmet Louis. Improving flexibility without having adequate strength in that range will only give temporary gains. Therefore it is important to look at what kind of range of motion the person need for their goals and to work towards strengthening the full range of motion required.
I have three options for Online training.
The first is full programming where Strength & Mobility are both worked on.
The second option is Mobility or a single skill such as the Handstand only, as a complement to the students current training routine. This partial programming is popular with people who feel their training does not take range of motion work into enough consideration or when they would like to learn a single skill such as the Handstand.
The third option is full programming including in-depth nutrition, stress, sleep and breathing guidance for those who would like further support.
If you’re interested in getting coaching, full or partial programming reach out via email: firstname.lastname@example.org