20150608 – Monday

MOBILITY – work on your overhead position using a wall!


MINDFULNESS – consider the difference between pandas and lions 🙂


Today’s mobility work is a proprioceptive drill for your overhead position.

Athletes often do not realize they are moving incorrectly until cued by a coach or watch themselves on video– this drill gives you the tools to coach yourself!

By lining up against a wall with several contact points, you have a simple and immediate feedback loop as you move your arms overhead.

While moving through space with just a PVC pipe or barbell, you might not be aware of active compensations or loss of a neutral spine. With this drill, you’ll notice very quickly!

If you can’t reach your knuckles overhead to the wall, work on good positioning for the first ten reps, just getting used to the feedback and working through the range of motion. Then, once you are a little warmer, try to reach those knuckles up to the sky and back without losing that neutral spine!

Today’s mindfulness work is to consider the difference between a panda and a lion.

Of course, major differences aside, a panda eats and consumes food in a way distinct from a lion.

A panda must eat everyday, must spend most of the day looking for more bamboo if not already eating. The panda can’t take a day off– it will starve, otherwise.

A lion gorges and starves. It goes on a hunt when brutally hungry, when its senses are heightened and more attuned to the smells and surroundings. When it eats, it binges and fills itself up so much it can only lay in the sun and slowly digest its meal– no one will mess with a lion.

In the context of these two animals on a spectrum, we can consider ourselves and our habits.

What habits or actions are ones in which you can gorge yourself and be satisfied for a period of time, like a lion?

What rituals do you need to repeat day in and day out or else things will fall apart, like a panda?

Personally, I can go out and party like a lion. Get really weird, but then it’s out of my system for a few weeks. I meditate like a panda, because if I go a few days without some quiet reflection and mindfulness, I quickly turn into a crazy person.

Consider these two different animals and classify some of your habits– are there some things you do like a panda but you should probably partake like a lion?

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