02 November 2010

Biofeedback Training: What the fuck is it?

Moments ago, I got off the phone with Adam Glass.  What was supposed to be a 30 minute call, turned into 90 minutes of information of epic proportions. 

Adam was a former proponent of a strength training philosophy that held to the belief that to yield greater strength gains, one must maximize tension, and use corrective exercises to fix fucked up movement patterns.  According to the claims on his site, using biofeedback training can fix all of your movement patterns without foam rolling, hours of mobility work, and static stretching.   The rationale being that if you listen to what your body is telling you, you cannot go wrong.  Sounds pretty good. 

Another idea is that we are looking at exercise as merely movement.  We perform a movement--let us say a deadlift--and we try to get better at it by testing it.  If the movement debilitates your range of motion, at that time it is not good for you to do.  If you push through it, you will "fuck yourself up," to quote Adam directly.  So, we test what moves well at that time, and get better at it.  When we use tension unnecessarily it slows us down and fucks up our movement.

One of the reasons this appeals to me is because it gels well with what I teach a lot of my students who strive to get better at playing guitar.  My main quote is, "you have four goddamn fingers.  Why wouldn't you use them all?"  That said, it allows for better movement on the fretboard.  Makes you more efficient, and able to do more.  So with biofeedback training, we strive for the same thing--effiency, so that we might make use of what we have to yield greater gains. 

If you follow symbolic logic, you will recognize this as working toward the same conclusion--betterness via looks, performance, etc.--with an input of a different premise.  And if you will remember your DeMorgan theorems, this happened all the time.  A different premise can yield the same conclusion, so the idea here is not far out.  Either way, I am going to detail my progress on here fairly often, and I think my progress will be good. 

In case you forgot your DeMorgan theorems.

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