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Strength Chat #25: Guido Van Ryssegem

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This week our hosts sit down with Guido Van Ryssegem. Guido has been in clinical practice for 29 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 34 years. He is co-owner and co-founder of Safe Recovery, LLC. Guido is a practitioner and faculty at Oregon State University, and has published in the Asian Journal of Martial Arts. Guido is also invited faculty for the University of Oregon, Western University, Willamette University, local Community Colleges, and private schools. He has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. His expertise extends to his own Kinetic Integrations Exercise Specialist Certification. He is a board certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Registered Nurse (RN) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) while also certified by the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).

Guido serves as Northwest regional coordinator of the NSCA and is an NATA COR and Occupational Task Force Member. He is on the AQX Sports Incorporated and the Elevation Fitness advisory board. Additionally, he is an Athletes Performance Institute mentorship program presenter.

Guido developed the Kinetic Integrations Exercise certification program that includes a corrective exercise approach to resolve movement dysfunctions after injury, a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements and incorrect movement. He presents nationally and internationally on this methodology. Guido has also published in the International Journal Of Sports Rehabilitation.

  • Introduction and background of guest [00:53]
  • Corrective movements to deal with body fatigue [06:37]
  • Guido talks of his experience while training with the Korean Olympic team; we talk of stiffening the anterior spine and using the abdominal muscles as an attractor state to increase volume [09:51]
  • Understanding the science of “Proprioception” or increasing body’s awareness [17:34]
  • Can we stimulate damage receptors using proprioception? [20:13]
  • Does using proprioceptive exercises result in better balance? [21:23]
  • Guido cites data to show how the average American male has started balance test worsened [24:30]
  • Importance of maintaining balance in different postures or “postural control” [27:27]
  • Going over the various definitions of proprioception – importance of repositioning a joint to a previously experienced position in powerlifting and baseball [29:23]
  • Discussing the ability of an athlete to detect motion out of a joint 0r “joint sense movement” [32:23]
  • What are proprioceptors, and where are they located in the joints? [33:30]
  • Does weight lifting result in improved balance? [35:35]
  • Does exercising consciously improve proprioceptors? [38:51]
  • Discussing positive structural brain changes due to motor training [39:13]
  • How much of a stimulus does it take to see a change in proprioceptors? [42:00]
  • Importance of bringing consciousness to movements and being intentful [43:03]
  • Creating tension prior to lifting; we explain the principle of “load tensioning sequence” [48:13]
  • Explaining the skin rolling or “yapping” which results in release of tension in peripheral nerves [49:58]
  • Guido shares details about his forthcoming conferences [53:13]
  • Guido shares his contact information [54:17]

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