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Strength Chat #47: Dr. Michael Rintala and Dr. Richard Ulm

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

Today’s doubleheader are two incredibly knowledgeable and accomplished individuals – Dr. Michael Rintala and Dr. Richard Ulm, both from the Prague Institute of Rehabilitation. They are instructors on DNS [Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization], which is a school of thought that is foundational to our own movement philosophy here at Kabuki Strength. Topics include:

  • Bracing Strategies
  • Eccentric and Concentric Loading
  • Breathing while Bracing
  • Youth Athletics
  • Athletic Development
  • Ideal Maturations of the Nervous System
  • Introduction and background of guest [05:06]
  • Explaining the concepts of Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) and developmental kinesiology [08:32]
  • Discussing how the central nervous system matures during development [09:30]
  • Understanding the difference between DNS and other systems, and why it is the “Gold Standard” in the world of fitness [11:06]
  • Learning how DNS is about integrating muscles into global movements [14:51]
  • Understanding the concept of deep stabilizing system in the DNS system [15:40]
  • Comparing and contrasting intra-abdominal pressure to a bracing strategy [18:15]
  • Learn how DNS will help you hone your bracing strategy while lifting weights [19:41]
  • Minimizing the abdominal cavity for efficient handling of heavy weights and a stable foundation [20:49]
  • Eccentric activation of the diaphragm is necessary before the start of any activity as opposed to a faulty concentric pattern [22:48]
  • Discussing the extension compression stabilizing strategy [24:50]
  • Learn how an extension compression stabilizing strategy is more suited for a raw lift as compared to    an equipped lift [26:31]
  • Factors that lead to superior performance in athletes in spite of poor technique [29:09]
  • Over reliance on compensatory patterns rather than on efficiency, quality and synergy will result in more injuries and absence of longevity [30:10]
  • Why do a majority of us tend to lose our DNS gold standard with the maturation of the central nervous system?  [32:47]
  • Ideal coaching strategies adopted by top athletes that results in superior fitness levels [36:02]
  • Learning about the neurological phenomenon called “Functional capacity” [38:00]
  • Discussing how going beyond an athlete’s functional capacity will lead to an athlete resorting to compensatory patterns [39:15]
  • Learn how you can close the gap between the ideal movement capacity and your maximum fatigue threshold [46:30]
  • Training advice for parents of young athletes [49:41]
  • Advice for athletes who are overworking a dominant side [53:25]
  • Courses and exercises for athletes who want to master the DNS system [56:37]
  • Richard and Michael share their contact information [59:35]