I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring of online custom programming. There are a lot of people offering programs that promise to get you to win the CrossFit Games. That’s not what I’m offering. My goal is to help people do what they love in a way that doesn’t cause them pain and allows them to stay in the game. I hate to see people in pain and feeling helpless. I see them torn between quitting their sport or pushing through until they are seriously injured. These feelings of helplessness can drive people to self-medicating or depression and it breaks my heart, especially when I believe I can help. A lot of our aches and pains are avoidable and even reversible but it takes a willingness to look at our blindspots and ask: WHY did this injury happen? WHY do I feel pain here?
I am not a doctor. I am a movement specialist. I’ve spent years trying to understand and heal my own injuries and those of my clients. More and more it is the process of helping people get out of pain and get back to training that is the most satisfying part of my job.
I’m looking for a small handful of people that want to sign up for individualized programming and coaching.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
– Haruki Murakami
Here is the type of athlete I am looking for:
1) You train in CrossFit, Jiu-Jitsu, Running or Yoga.
2) You are frustrated because you keep getting injured or have a nagging injury that won’t go away (eg. My shoulder hurts when I lift my arm over my head).
3) You have mobility issues that limit your ability to do certain movements that you really want to do (eg. My hips are tight and it is hard for me to play guard in jiu-jitsu).
4) The doctor tells you to just stop training.
5) The doctor says you do not need surgery.
6) You are willing to commit to approximately 30 extra minutes of work every day.
7) You are willing to try something new, different and sometimes weird.
If this sounds like you, then we should talk. Send me an email detailing how you match up with the statements above. firstname.lastname@example.org
What does online coaching entail?
- Assessment. We communicate through emails, texts and Facetime, as well as using videos from our phones to assess your mobility, your pain and your performance when we begin and to make regular assessments on the effectiveness of the programming as well as to check form in performing the exercises as we progress.
- Goal Setting. We need to know where we are heading so having some clear goals in the short term (monthly) and the long term (quarterly) will help us navigate better. I will help you in creating and achieving those goals and we can use them to measure our progress as we proceed.
- Daily Programming. The daily program will be updated each week depending on how the previous week went. The shared spreadsheet will be updated by both of us so I can track your progress.
- Video Instruction. Much of the programming will be accompanied by links to videos that will provide detailed instruction on how to do the exercises.
- Monitoring and Feedback. We share a google doc that you will be responsible for updating after each session. There will be places for you to comment on the effectiveness of each exercise. So if you find an exercise too difficult, easy or ineffective, we can make changes going forward.
- Accountability. The value of having a coach is in the accountability. I will check up on you and encourage you to stay on top of your workouts. If you haven’t updated the spreadsheet in a couple of days, expect a text message!
- Access to Coaching. Because I can’t be with you in person, we have to rely on technology to keep us connected. In some ways that means more freedom and more access. You can choose to do your exercises any time and anywhere. If you have a question, you can shoot me a text or video and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Is This Just a Stretching/Mobility Program?
If stretching were the answer, all my yoga friends would be pain and injury free and be in the best shape. They’re not. Some people need more stretching, some need more strengthening, and most people need a combination of both. Daily programming will consist of 3 to 5 “exercises” that may include myofascial release, stretching, stability, mobility and strengthening. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.
The program should be used in addition to your regular training. However, depending on your issues, you may have to avoid some exercises and/or modify your training load and volume until your problem is cleared. Clearing some issues require trial and error, so the check-ins are important as well as an open mind to some experimentation.
If you are interested, email me at email@example.com. Provide the details of your injury or condition. I’ll send you a quote for the monthly programming and we can get you back to doing what you love in 2017.