How to Fight 50 Lions a Day

by Douglas Heel |  Date Released : 15 Dec 2008

  • Introduction
  • Why do the hamstrings get tight? Why does a structure get tight in the first place?
  • When the hamstrings are tight, we need to ask “Whose job are they taking over for?”
  • One of the first things the body shuts down is the diaphragm.
  • The psoas and glutes are among the most important muscles in the body related to function and performance.
  • Because the glutes are so important, when they are not working right, the hamstrings are affected.
  • Without dealing with the psoas and the glutes, you cannot help the hamstrings.
  • Tight hamstrings are symptoms, not causes.
  • What is the affect of compensation on training?
  • The thing we don’t have is a reset button that takes us back to default.
  • A nightmarish story.
  • If you compensate in the gym, you’ll be found out on the field.
  • When something is tight, the body is saying, “I’m not safe.”
  • Why does performance vary so much from day to day?
  • Whatever is in the mind is in the body, and whatever is in the body is in the mind.
  • Parasympathetic to sympathetic response.
  • Your average day kicks on your sympathetic response many times.
  • You’re not even aware how stressed you are.
  • How can we help our stressed clients prepare for their workouts and for the day?
  • Engaging the diaphragm effectively.
  • When you’re stressed, all you see is more and more of the stress.
  • When we get into our parasympathetic state, you go from only seeing what’s in front of you to suddenly having the whole world open up for you.
  • The fascia of the diaphragm is directly linked into the fascia of the heart.
  • The limbic system is the seat of our emotions.
  • Education doesn’t merely answer questions, it provokes them.

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Douglas Heel

About the author: Douglas Heel

Douglas is a physiotherapist and kinesiologist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has trained personal trainers and fitness instructors for the last six years at the Sports Science Institute (ETA) and for Reebok Instructors Alliance. In March 2004, he launched his concept that is now used in gyms, Pilates studios, corporate environments and with athletes (runners, cyclists, paddlers and rugby) throughout South Africa. Douglas believes we can break through limitations in an instant and get clients working at unbelievable levels if we release the defensive patterns within.

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