LabX Xercise O’ Tha Week comes to us from a longtime LabXtv fan Brett Wells. He is looking for some drills to help him with T-Spine Mobility. Is it Mobility or Stability? We will tackle both! If you have a topic you want covered in future posts please leave a comment and we will feature your question and answer it on LabXtv. Enjoy!
December 4th, 2013
LabXtv Xercise O Tha Week Tspine Mobility & Stability
November 6th, 2013
Inside the Ropes at the Golf Magazine Top 100 Summit
As I return from Orlando I would like to share with you my experiences from the Golf Magazine Top 100 Summit. I was honored to be invited to speak at this event and given the opportunity to present the science of rotation alongside my co-presenter Lance Gill. Our Rotational Power lecture was well received and sparked a lot of questions from coaches looking for a deeper understanding of how the physiology of rotation affects the golf swing.
There were so many amazing presentations but I thought I would share with you some of the highlights and topics that resonated with me personally. The theme set out by the hosts Mark Blackburn and John Tattersall was #MakingTheGameBetter. It started with the scene from Top Gun where Goose and Mav are introduced to their commanding officer. “ You are the best of the best gentlemen…….. “ With great power comes great responsibility. The future of golf requires the leaders to share and collectively grow the game. This set the stage for an amazing 2 days of sharing and passionate debate over technique, science and coaching philosophy.
Without any further adieu, here are my highlights:
- James Leitz speaks on Living the D-Plane and starts off with a brilliant animated video of him coaching a student who knows everything and is completely oblivious to their own ball flight shortcomings. It was hilarious. James has an amazing ability to demonstrate complex concepts using diagrams, models and anything else he can get his hands on to help describe the science of ball flight.
- Chris Como looked at Ground Reaction Forces and had the ingenious idea to jump off a high dive platform and perform a golf swing in mid flight. This essentially removed the use of the ground to create rotational forces. What ensued was entertaining and educational. Apparently you need the ground to play golf. Good thing for golf courses! Im sure Como is still trying to get the water out of his ears.
- Joe Hallet really impressed me. He shared stories of how he worked through challenges with his players and more importantly how he learns form his players as much they learn from him. One of the quotes I loved from him was he wanted to “make training harder than golf”. Joe reminded me of an old football coach I had that led the most grueling practices I ever experienced. He would tell us that you need to practice so hard that playing the game on Sunday feels like a day off! Hallett’s LPGA players are strong, well conditioned athletes as Joe is passionate about golf fitness and it’s contribution to golf performance. In fact he said that when in a time crunch, his players would give up practice time to fit in a workout. His practice routines challenge the player’s abilities and pushed them to progress beyond their expectations. What I got most from his presentation was how humble, authentic and caring this amazing coach is.
- My favorite presentation of the whole summit came from Dr. Bhrett McCabe. His topic was Behavior Change for Golf. He framed his lecture by sharing a personal story from his days as collegiate pitcher. The story outlined how he faced fear throughout his career and how it lead him to become a Sports Psych. The fear he spoke of was not a fear of failure but instead a fear of success. Wow! If he succeeded on the mound it would create expectation and place him in situations that he was uncomfortable with like pitching against the best. His story telling ability mixed with a refreshing perspective on maximizing mental performance was amazing. What I loved about his talk was he doesn’t focus all his energy in getting a player in “the zone” but instead prepares the player for when it goes bad. This is so refreshing because players are rarely in the zone but regularly experience hardship and loss of confidence or self-belief. This is when you need coping skills and help from your sport psych. This requires an accurate appraisal of the situation at hand and an appropriate response to that situation. An appraisal guided by emotion is largely inaccurate compared to what is reality. This man is the future of Sport Psych for golf. Look out world!
Well there you have it. Thanks to Mark Blackburn, John Tattersall and David DeNunzio for their hospitality and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event. I learnt a ton, met new friends, and leave with a new found passion to do my part in #MakingTheGameBetter. Cheers, Coach Glass
October 29th, 2013
The Oxygen Mask of Life
I often hear from people who are unhappy with their current state of being, be it weight or other health issues, that they don’t have time to care for themselves because they have to care for their families or loved ones. Maybe a trip to the gym is replaced with helping your child do homework or a run is missed due to caring for an ill family member. I recently had one of these conversations with a woman dealing with weight issues. While listening to the multitude of reasons behind her recent weight gain I couldn’t help but get this image out of my mind.
When you get on a airplane there are certain constants that we all take for granted but when they were first introduced they created debate and people of the time questioned their rationale. We have heard a thousand times and will hear it a thousand times more. “In case of an EMERGENCY, an oxygen mask will drop from the compartment above. Place the mask over your mouth and nose and breathe normally. If you are with a child or someone unable to help themselves, place the mask on YOURSELF BEFORE HELPING OTHERS.” Basically, if you can’t take care of yourself you will be no help to the people in your care. Lets write that the other way and then apply it to the woman earlier in the story. “In case of EMERGENCY, place the mask on everyone around you that can’t or chooses not to care for themselves. Then and only then (if you are still strong enough with your oxygen deprived body) place it on your OWN nose and mouth and try to suck the last ounce of oxygen left in the tank. If you feel like passing out, smile at your loved ones who are now worried about your health and look helplessly at your decline, and know that you did all you could for everyone but yourself” The later is not a safety instruction I want to hear from my stewardess.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It is the exact opposite. You can only love if you love yourself, you can only give strength to others if you have strength in yourself and you can only take care of your loved ones if you decide that you are as worthy of the same care that they are.
Breathe deep and pass it to those in need. Coach Glass
October 16th, 2013
Biggest Loser? Who’s the Winner?
Last night I tuned in to the 15th season opener of The Biggest Loser. I have to admit that my wife and I have watched almost every season. I have a love/hate relationship with the show. First off the name reminds me of high school where if you were the biggest loser you wouldn’t be rewarded with $500,000 but would more likely receive an atomic wedgie! The idea is sweet. Bring in a few tons of overweight people, 3 screaming trainers, plop them all on a ranch where you can control their diet and exercise regime and then……… vote them off because they didn’t lose enough weight! This is where I cringe. Because it is a TV reality competition for money, the over riding issues of the contestants can sometimes be over looked and it all comes down to the scale. I always tell my clients to throw out the scale, change your diet and train because you feel better and the weight will fall off as a byproduct. When you make it all about the scale 1 of 2 things happens. You make the weight you were hoping to reach then you celebrate by taking your foot off the pedal and eat a box of Girl Guide Cookies or you don’t meet your goal weight and you are so depressed you give up and eat a box of Girl Guide Cookies. Either way a little girl gets her cookie badge! What do you do with an obese client? Follow the Biggest Loser Crossfit Bootcamp system? Take last night as an example. You have a 460lb man who hasn’t exercised in 15 years and has no gym experience; pushing sleds, swinging kettle bells, power snatches, medball slams, and pulling chains in between sprint intervals on the treadmill. Trainers! Is this how you would start your first session if this man walked into your gym? Wouldn’t you screen them first, see what limitations are holding them back, teach them basic lifting technique to ensure they don’t get injured? Gradually build up the intensity of your workouts as they acclimatize to their environment and slowly increase the complexity of exercise once they are competent in their basic lifts. Maybe gradually change their diet and hydration levels by allowing them to gradually incorporate better eating and drinking habits into their routine? Noooooo! Just wave a ½ million dollars in front of them and offer a Biggest Loser banded puke bucket when they need to bonk! I understand good television. This is why I tune in and watch the 30 minute weigh in with a commercial break before each weight is revealed. My wife loves to see me yelling at the TV and vowing to turn it off if one of the trainers makes another obese person cry because they had a life moment that led them to cupcakes instead of dealing with the issue. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is amazing to watch people change their lives and love the moments where the contestants are faced with the decision to quit the show or pull themselves together and get on with it. This is why we watch sports. See people push themselves past their comfort zone and come out triumphant. So another year of Biggest Loser it will be. More changed lives, more shin splints, more reversed diabetes, more Jared Subway commercials and Jenny O clips mixed into the diet sections of the show. More people inspired at home to get up off the couch and start! Start what? Just start!!!! Coach Glass
October 10th, 2013
LabXtv Urban Workout Malmo Sweden
Get off the treadmill and get out and use the urban landscape as your gym! Jason Glass shares his unique exercises with you while he travels the globe in search of the perfect urban gym. This episode features Malmo Sweden where Jason was teaching a TPI Fitness level 2 class with lance Gill. Load and Xplode!
August 6th, 2013
Urban Workout Chicago: Jason Glass LAB
I travel a ton. I hate treadmills. I love seeing new cities and need a good workout. What could be better than experiencing a city you have never visited before by running and using the terrain from some of the city landmarks? In this edition of the http://labx.tv Urban Workout I am in Chicago for the 2013 Perform Better Summit. The Blackhawks have just won the Stanley Cup and I just finished presenting my Load & Xplode:Power Slings (Hands On and Lecture). Whenever I get off stage I have a mix of exhaustion from giving the crowd everything I have and also an energy that I get from the crowds vibe. Usually I need to get out and burn off my stage buzz and spend some quiet time exercising. I am happy to bring you along for the ride! If you like this one look up Urban Workout Providence from the 2011 Perform Better Summit. Load & Xplode! Coach Glass
June 13th, 2013
Adam Hadwin plays in the US Open today. In 2011 he finished T39 and hopes to improve on that this week at Merion. Here is a video featuring some of Adam’s off season training. Follow Adam on twitter @ahadwingolf and cheer him on!
May 13th, 2013
Rotational Training from LabX.tv featuring Pro Golfer Adam Hadwin
Here are some of the exercises we have been playing around with this off season. We are using the science that has been developed by the TPI Advisory Board members and tweaking them to match the needs of our athlete. Some people have asked me how much muscle do you need to play golf? I always say that you need to be strong enough to handle the loads created while swinging the club. In Adam’s case he was producing enormous amounts of speed and needed some more muscle mass to handle the loads he was creating. Once we added the muscle in the correct areas (Scapular Stabilizers, Glutes, Legs) we found that he didn’t have to work as hard to create the same amount of power. The potential for injury should also decrease. Enjoy the video and comment. The more debate we get for these topics the more we can Xperiment!
LabXtv Technician Jason Glass shares with you some of the Rotational Power exercises he uses with Pro Golfer Adam Hadwin. If you want to “Load and Xplode” you first have to “Earn the Right to Rotate”!
If you like these exercises go to www.labX.tv and check out the other Xperiments!
March 13th, 2013
Rotational Power Lacrosse
This video is near and dear to my heart. Lacrosse has always been one of my favourite sports and I played both box and field lacrosse growing up. If I had put the same number of hours I spent throwing a ball against a wall into piano I would be a world class concert pianist. (I said pardon!) My high school coach and mentor Coach (Flash) Flemming had us throwing both left and right handed from day one. We now know that the most powerful rotary athletes in the world throw or swing both ways (I know, you try writing that sentence a different way!). You can only accelerate as fast as you can decelerate. I love how this video shows how Paul Rabil transfers linear momentum into rotational momentum. He gets as much speed moving toward the target while coiling his upper body in the opposite direction. Once he plants his lead leg it rapidly decelerates the left hip causing the right side to snap around it like a pitcher. His stretched Anterior Right Sling (See PowerSlings) can now release the saved elastic energy from the coiling phase and Boom Goes the Dynamite! On a side note: I had the same hair when I played! (Don’t ask for a picture because your not getting one!) Coach Glass
March 4th, 2013
Rotational Power Slings
The Newest Edition to the Jason Glass Performance Lab Store.
If you want to create Explosive Rotational Power in your athletes you need to harness the power of the Rotational Power Slings. Jason Glass will take you inside his LAB to experiment with the matrix of muscles that the body uses to Load and Xplode! This is Rotational Power Slings!
In this film you will learn:
What elements to look for in your athlete’s rotational movement
The science behind the slings that create rotation
How to assess and correct faulty rotational movement patterning
And most importantly; how to train the Rotational Power Slings!
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