The Common Sense of Training: Where Theory Meets Reality

by Juan Carlos Santana |  Date Released : 20 Jul 2004

  • Introduction
  • Common Sense vs. Micro-Analysis
  • Where does scientific theory meet practical realit?
  • Choose what you’re good at.
  • Using intuition to look at the human body.
  • “Driving principles” of training the human body like driving a car – Ferrari’s vs. VW bug.
  • Common Sense PILLARS of Movement
  • Locomotion
  • Level Changes
  • Push and Pull
  • Rotation
  • Diagnosis as an art form – fact or guessing game?
  • Micrology – Do we always need to know exactly what is going on?
  • Pre-Training Criteria – Pain free control of movement.
  • 90% Orthopaedic Problems – Sedentary & overweight
  • Where’s your focus – Look for the problem vs. allowing the body to create solutions?
  • Don’t patch the holes in the boat – replace the bottom and set sail.
  • The truth about Symmetry. Balance doesn’t necessarily mean the same.
  • Myths of training based on misinterpretation of research – not reality. Example: Stretching.
  • Martial Arts warm-up approach – animal kingdom rarely “warms-up”.
  • When in doubt train the client in pain free zone… and watch them.
  • Simple fun conditioning takes care of 80-90% of issues.
  • Look at the animal we are – living in the Office Prison – in need of Sunlight, Movement, Socialization.

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Juan Carlos Santana

About the author: Juan Carlos Santana

Juan Carlos Santana received his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. Carlos is the director and CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton Florida. Carlos’ professional responsibilities have included serving as the Chairman of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sport Specific Conference, the NSCA Florida State Director and as a member of the NSCA Conference Committee. He has also been involved in the certification programs for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and USA Weightlifting. Carlos has taught Sports Training Systems and Strength Training at Florida Atlantic University and is currently involved in several ongoing research projects. Carlos is currently the Sport Specific Conditioning Column editor for the NSCA Journal. He is a member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a member and a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the ACSM.

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