Recently, I had the pleasure to attend two 8-hour training sessions on The Roll Model® Method.
First, what on earth is The Roll Model® Method? It is a form of self-applied manual therapy that utilizes Therapy Balls to increase proprioception (your awareness of your body in space), improve posture, and enhance movement and range of motion by working along the fascia (connective tissue) seams.
Fascia is the system of interconnected seams that weave your tissues to one another. Wherever the Therapy Balls traverse, they impact your body’s fasciae, alleviating tension and stress in overtired muscles and stressed out joints.
These training weekends are a great way for coaches to deepen their understanding of the human body and its mechanics, making us better equipped to coach you. But greedily, it also satisfies our craving to be the student, to learn, to internalize all the lessons, and get stronger in our own practices and movements. And boy, was there a lot of internalization going on last weekend.
I like to joke that I hope to make myself redundant. By that I mean, it is my goal to give students as much information and experience that they are working in, not just working out.
Working in is what Jill Miller was getting at in the recent Barbell Shrugged Podcast I shared on our Facebook page. Working out is what happens when we are sweating, gasping for air, hammering out those extra reps before the timer rings us out of that final interval in HIT or FIT Training. This cranks up the nervous system and stimulates all the hormones that promote muscle growth and fat loss. Yay, right?
But, there's more work to be done. You see, when we ratchet the nervous system up in a workout, there is some major fight or flight going on. When this happens, we are not connected to the part of the brain that's going to receive new information. Especially not the information we need to stay safe and see significant gains.
Enter working in. Moving slowly and intentionally around the body with the feedback-bestowing Therapy Balls, there's an invitation to develop a deeper understanding of your anatomy and breath. When all this new information is digested, full assimilated, it is there waiting for you the next time you hit the weights.
Whether your goal is to get stronger, be able to move heavier weights, or simply to remain pain and injury free, it is worth spending as much time on the working in as you are on the working out.
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