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Subtraction Before Addition

Everyone wants to be powerful.  As such, many people plow full speed ahead into a strength program.  They'll usually see some pretty quick gains and observe their muscles getting bigger and puffier.  Eventually though, the return on the training investment stagnates and sometimes yields negative returns with injury or burnout.  What gives? 

Deceleration Skill Mastery for Swim Power: The Kinematic Sequence in Long Axis Strokes

Great swimmers flow through the water with effortless power.  Finding that sweet spot of efficiency in the water is one of the most elusive athletic skills.  To novices, fast swimming takes an almost mystical quality.  Fortunately, research in other rotational sports yields clues to help crack the code.   One area of power generation often overlooked in the water is the importance of segmental deceleration.    

Should we fix running form in distance runners?

The topic of running form often evokes strong sentiment from polar opposite spectrums.  On one hand, the "old school" crowd believes in simply going out and running a bunch of miles.  Through those miles, the body should theoretically settle upon its most efficient form.  On the other hand, the "new school" believes in a more active approach to teaching running mechanics.  The "new school" generally looks for specific technical cues associated with good form and has a toolbox of drills to ingrain the desired mechanics.

Using Feldenkrais rolling patterns to assess and improve long axis swimming rotational efficiency

What can Moshe Feldenkrais teach us about swimming? Quite a lot, as a matter of fact. Feldenkrais is best known for his contributions to the field of somatic reeducation in a therapeutic setting, but he also drew inspiration from his work as a physicist and as a pioneer in the practices of judo and jiu jitsu. His legacy exists in the modern athletic rehabilitation and performance fields in part through the practice of body rolling.

SCREEN-CORRECT-LEARN-EQUIP-CONDITION

Welcome to the Pike Athletics blog. We hope you will find this blog to be a source of useful information and discussion.  For our inaugural post, I'd like to expand on some general training and coaching principles.  One way to summarize our training system is through the following five principles.