Training Kids

Outlining the Restore/Thrive Approach

Morning Folks! We’re back on the YouTube Channel today. This time we’re talking training philosophy. One of the questions we answer most often is “What sports are your kids doing?”. The simple answer-none. Why? That’s the topic of discussion today. If your kids haven’t mastered these basics, getting them involved in sports may actually hinder their athletic development.

Training Files: Conditioning

Some weekend conditioning fun for all.

Ahead of the opening of the Restore/Thrive Gym later this summer, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the type of training we’ll be doing in our gym.

“Conditioning” as a general fitness term, can mean a variety of things to a variety of people. As a primary pillar of training in our gym, conditioning refers to the development of the physical ability to perform primary movement patterns under the strain of increased working volume, intensity, and metabolic demand.

Practically applied, a conditioning day at our gym can look like this:

  • 5 to 10 minutes warm-up
  • 9 rounds for time, 5 Deadlifts at 65% of estimated max, 20 second Airdyne bike sprint
  • Cool Down

Whether you’re a field athlete or a hard-working parent wrangling a handful of kids, our primary goal is to make you more physically efficient and resilient at performing the fundamental patterns of human movement in a variety of contexts. It’s one thing to execute a perfect hip hinge/Deadilft when you’re just training that pattern and giving yourself plenty of rest between sets. It’s a completely different animal when you’re stressed, breathing hard, or thinking about the 12 other things you have to do today and asked to pick up something heavy. The goal of our conditioning program is to hard-wire the most efficient patterns into your brain and body so that when the heat is on in competition or in the kitchen as you wrestle 3 kids and try to get dinner on the table at the same time, you default to the best patterns of movement.

Why Your Health Matters 

Hint: It’s not just about you.

I’ll get straight to the point: the biggest threat to the national security of the United States of America is the rising cost of health care. Metabolic Syndrome (you have this condition if you have high fasting blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL, central obesity-that’s fat around your stomach-and high blood pressure) and more specifically the diseases that result from it-namely Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes-by the year 2040 will cost FOUR TIMES the U.S. Gross Domestic Product to treat.

What does that mean for you, your children, and your grandchildren? There will be no money for anything else. Roads, schools, military, police, fire, food subsidies, all left at the doorstep as we drown in medical spending.

What’s almost as troubling as this news is that there’s not much the government at a federal or state level can do about this problem. The U.S. medical system is a for-profit venture, and we the consumers are going to pay the price of rising health care costs. When the fastest growing cohort of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is children under 12 months of age, it’s fairly safe to assume that the nation’s spending on health care is not going to regress back to the mean anytime soon. Those fat babies are going to become fat adults, and a childhood spent being significantly overweight exponentially increases the speed at which your body arrives on the doorstep of Metabolic Syndrome.

That’s the bad news. We are not a healthy country, and if something significant doesn’t occur to change the direction of our country’s health and well being, the end isn’t going to be pretty for anyone.

One of the biggest lies you’re most likely to believe is that your life, your decisions, and your daily habits don’t matter to the people or the world around you. If you believe that lie, you’re dead wrong.

Now the good news. YOU can do something about this. As is the custom in most of the discovered world, most revolutions in thought, culture, and tradition begin at the grassroots level. YOU can decide to be the change you want to see. YOU have the opportunity to build up yourself and others every single day.

Every day is Monday. A new day. A new start. So get after it. Dream big and then chase those dreams down until they are the life you’re actually living. Fight the good fight for yourself and the people you love. Speak the truth in love. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep believing.

I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes. One I used to keep on my desk at my day job until it was burned into my mind. The other I always come back to when I feel like giving up on the venture I’ve begun on this website:

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”-Edward Stanley

“Never forget, a small group of people can change the world. No one else ever has.”-Micah Sifry


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Vision Therapy

A new vision exam for the 21st Century.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to sit down for some continuing education from one of my favorite providers on my recommended post-concussion rehab team, Dr. John Metzger and the rest of his staff at Kansas City Vision Performance Center. Though I went into the event hoping to further hone my skills as a Post Concussion Syndrome rehab provider, I walked away with much more. Put simply, my knowledge base on vision development, assessment, and therapy exploded. If you or someone you know has visual issues, difficulty reading, focusing, following directions, poor hand-eye coordination, were born by C-section, or motion sickness, it’s a good bet that you may need some vision therapy.

Let’s dig in a little here and talk about why visual skill is important and why functional optometry is the wave of the future (even though it’s a profession over 70 years old).

When you go in for your standard eye exam, your provider is looking at two things: eye sight and eye health. Though important, these are just two of a multitude of factors that determine the true fitness of your eyes and vision. However, even if eye health and sight check out, there are several other factors that are equally if not more important. Generally categorized those factors are as follows:

  1. Eye coordination
  2. Eye tracking
  3. Focusing
  4. Visual Processing

In the medical community, we have been consistently taught that sight is one of our five senses (along with hearing, smell, taste, and touch). What has been largely ignored related to vision, is that this “sense” is actually more of a key factor in motor development than we previously thought. Think about it, what would poor visual skills do to your ability to learn to walk, talk, write, and perform math? The Optic Nerve, the nerve connecting your eyes to your brain, has more sensory fibers than all of your other senses combined. Another True Fact: 20-percent of Optic Nerve Fibers go to areas in the brain outside of the visual cortex in your Occipital Lobe. Meaning, your eyes do a lot more than tell your brain what’s in front of you.

Dr. Metzger and his staff gave several examples of pediatric patients who have struggled academically, behaviorally, and even in sports, who benefited tremendously from the in-depth vision screening and treatments they perform at their clinic. Kids who were previously diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia, were found to have fundamental vision skill problems that were hindering their learning and behavior.

Take Aways

So what are you to do with this info?

First if you have children who struggle behaviorally, physically, or academically, I urge you to schedule an appointment at Kansas City Vision Performance Center as soon as you can. They offer screens for kids as young as Pre-K to make sure they start off on the right foot as they reach school age. What’s my angle? I get absolutely no kickbacks, I just want all of our kids to feel better and do better. This is a big step in the right direction to feeling and performing your best, regardless of your age.

For you do-it-your-selfers, I’ve got some goodies for you, too.

Check out Bal-a-Metrics (www.balametrics.com) for a variety of products you can use at home to promote better visual skill and sensory integration.

This 30-question predictive checklist, from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, can give parents a quick view of a potential vision problems that would be appropriately treated with vision therapy.

Do yourself (and your family) a favor, and go a little bit deeper to assess your true eye fitness. The difference vision therapy could make could be life-changing.


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Let’s Fix Your Low Back Pain

If you’re a physical therapist or medical professional and you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking, 1) “This guy is either insane or an egomaniac if he thinks he’s going to fix everybody’s low back pain.”, and, 2) “Let’s see if he can pull it off.”

Continue reading “Let’s Fix Your Low Back Pain”

Random Physical Therapy Advice

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My youngest son (and child), Connor Patrick, turned 3 months old this past week. To celebrate the occasion, Connor (a.k.a “Baby Thor”) started taking 2+ hour daytime naps while simultaneously regressing in his nighttime sleep habits to waking 3-4 times a night to remind Mom and Dad who really runs the roost. Thanks, son. I cannot wait until you’re sixteen and want to sleep in on a Saturday morning. Your chore list is already waiting for you. But I digress. Continue reading “Random Physical Therapy Advice”