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Think Fit. Be Fit.
Effective thinking for potent workouts
 
Think Fit. Be Fit. podcast is dedicated to optimizing exercise and overall human function.  It is best described as the intersection of exercise mechanics, muscle expertise, and embracing curiosity.  The human body is a wonderful teacher if you know how to listen to it, being open and having fun is part of that process.
 
Jennifer Schwartz, hostess and founder of Impact Your Fitness and Impact Sport Science Group has helped hundreds of athletes and people around Washington DC move without pain and exercise to their fullest potential.  
 
This podcast is important because people are missing out on living a better life because they don't understand that body awareness is a combination of taking feedback, listening, and learning.  It is not a practice of self-judgement and societal expectations.  Don't choose unhappiness over uncertainty.  Embrace the process!

Apr 1, 2020

Learning and skill acquisition have a big domain in the discussion on healthy exercise.

This episode is a fun dive in to the inner workings of an intellectual connection to exercise.  Jenn’s guest today is  someone she calls a friend, mentor and colleague; Gregory Gordon MA of Exercise Intelligence. He is a movement scientist with a specialization in pain science and motor learning who practices MAT RX and customizes strength and conditioning programs.  He has notable experiences in providing continuing education courses for Cybex International in neuroscience based content and received his Masters degree in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

If you are a personal trainer, this episode will directly influence your view on the body and what is actually important when it comes to overall fitness from a brain and motor learning perspective. 

 

If you are an exercise lover, this episode has information for programming your workouts for accessing all types of muscle fibers.

 

If you are in athletic coaching, you’ll love how this content explains that perfect practice is a waste of time.  

 

There are so many concepts from the typical personal training manual  that get blown out of the water in this episode! Please check out the links and references.

 

Topics that we covered:

  • Rethinking personal training
  • Exercise as skill development
  • Phases of skill acquisition
  • Essentialization in exercise: strategic weekly planning of accessing all motor units all while consistently working on all the body’s capabilities safely progress. 
  • Differences between motor learning and motor control and motor performance
  • Power and velocity from the Motor Learning lens
  • Muscle memory (implicit and explicit)
Links of interest:
Follow Gregory
https://www.instagram.com/exercise_intelligence/
https://www.exercise-intelligence.com/
 
Chris Beardsley
https://shor.by/sandcresearch
https://www.instagram.com/chrisabeardsley/
 
Dr. Paul Juris
https://bkbx.fit/meet-paul-juris/
 
Columbia University, Motor Learning
https://www.tc.columbia.edu/biobehavioral-sciences/movement-science-and-education/academics/motor-learning-and-control/
 
Gregory's white paper
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8b0f1b3d025e61aeadf46d7f7/files/e1ba461f-8af7-4497-8357-08a7e68aec5e/The_Path_of_the_Conscientious_Observer.pdf
 
References:
 1)Power Training @ 30%
 
 
2)Great resource for basic Motor Learning and Control Concepts:
Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications
By: Magill, Richard A,Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
 
3)Paper on quads being harder to activate than other muscles
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11870692