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By: Don Berry, DC CK FMS SFMA  My Background, I am a Chiropractor and have been in practice for over 26 years I specialize in movement restoration and rehabilitation based on the Neurodevelopmental Model using a variety of Movement Assessment tools that look for Dysfunction. I have been a Martial Artist for 31 years, lots of different styles but primarily Wing Chun Kung Fu. Only in the past few years have I gotten interested in Powerlifting thanks to an introduction to Marty Gallagher from some friends in Kettlebell world.The importance of the background is to bring to light, that I had a lot of tools at my disposal and a lot of great coaches. But, for some reason there was a disconnect between my 4 worlds: Clinical Practice, Martial Arts, Kettlebells and PowerLifting. Chris at the DMS was able to tie all of that up for me and help me end two years of pain and frustration. Part 1: My Shoulder Dislocation and Two Years of Frustration to Recovery I had just set a national record in my age weight class for a raw squat for 420 lbs. My shoulder was a little tight so I planned to keep the bench light and murder the Dead Lift. Unfortunately, my shoulder gave out on the bench at 275 lbs., a weight I could rep for sets of 5 in training. That was it for me that day and for a long time to come. At the time of the injury I was in a bit of pain but mostly in shock as to why this had happened. I really didn’t get the answer to that until just a few weeks ago at the Duffin Movement System certification (More on that later).   The only input I did get was from Kirk Karwoski who said, “Your...

Originally posted on EliteFTS.comMastery of skills, or practical knowledge, is of critical importance in the self-identity of man and, indeed, is a cornerstone of civilization. The mastery of skills allows us to create, innovate and achieve in our rapidly changing society. The creation of both tools and objects of art is one of the differentiating factors between humans and animals. Sure, there are some animals that create limited tools or works of art, but there is a clear difference in the human scope of creation. For example, in nature, specific ‘tasks’ may be passed down or the ‘art’ that the rare animal may create is biologically driven and usually just a display for the mating process. The art and tools produced by man are far more diverse and complex than anything you will find in the animal kingdom, owing to man’s rational thought and individual choice.Mastery of a skill first requires both humility and confidence. Confidence certainly fits the generally accepted mold of the alpha male, as it should. Without confidence, we can never start the process of skill mastery and we certainly can't hope to complete it. The question is, where and how does humility fit into this process? Without both confidence and humility, one’s ability to learn, grow and create will be severely limited. Each of these traits must be carefully balanced to maximize one’s ability to learn and contribute. Confidence will get you moving because you believe in yourself and your capabilities. This starts you on the path to a new skill. But once you jump in, you must temper that confidence and accept being humble in order to learn and master that skill. You can see this not only in the elite level of sports athletes and coaching but in nearly any other field that requires...

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Brett McKay of the Art Of Manliness.  If your not familiar with this site your missing a great thing.  This site is full of articles and podcast for ALL THINGS manly related with a lot of great info on important topics that have been lost in the last few generations.The breadth of topics is awesome and always engaging and interesting.  Primary categories include Dress & Grooming, Health & Sports, Manly Skills, Manly Skills, Money & Career, Relationship & Family, and a Man's life.  Don't take my word for it, just click on the link and scroll through a few articles and you will find something that catches your interest.  It is a great resource for all men and highly entertaining in a good way.Besides posting manly topics to help curtail the emasculation of men in todays society Brett is also a lifter as well.  So I couldn't turn away his request for an interview and podcast.  And as I expected it was a great time and I hope you enjoy it as well.  Now if only Brett and my other favorite author on Masculinity would have Squat off...

Article originally posted on EliteFTS.com The author is Brandon Senn who is a trainer and member of our Coaching Team at my gym Elite Performance Center.  I have worked with Brandon for a number of years and you may find him featured in some of my coaching videos as well.   Louie Simmons has been without a doubt one of the most iconic (and at times controversial) figures in the strength world over the last 20 years. Louie’s gym (Westside Barbell) has become what many people identify as the conjugate system. Westside may be synonyms with max effort, dynamic effort, repetition effort and a whole host of other special methods but is that what really makes up the conjugate system of training? Should the conjugate system and the conjugate method be used interchangeably and is Westside conjugate and Russian conjugate comparable? If you believe that the conjugate system was meant to revolve around accommodating resistance (bands/chains), a weekly micro cycle of max effort, dynamic effort, and the occasional repetition effort methods this is something you need to read. The Birth of The Russian Conjugate System The original conjugate system (referred to then as the coupled sequence system, CSS) was originally developed under the Dynamo umbrella of the Soviet Union in the late 60’s-early 70’s. From a macro view the CSS is a systematic development tool used to organize multi-year training. At that time for the Soviet Union that meant entering youth athletes into schools of physical preparation with the objective of identifying and developing those athletes who had potential through their careers to compete at national, and international levels. By taking a multi-year approach to training, these schools were able to thoroughly develop a general foundation of trainability general physical preparation (*spoiler alert* they didn’t sprint with a prowler until they puked to do this) and prime the adaptive response for future specific physical preparation (SPP) and intensive unidirectional loads.For youth athletes the physical preparation schools served as a...