Exercise versus Training

About ten years ago I had the opportunity to help instruct a clinic with Charles Poliquin in Florence, Italy.  Charles has spent over three decades on the cutting edge of strength and conditioning.  He’s coached countless professional athletes and regular joes.  Not to mention his programming helped me win an Olympic Gold Medal and a … Continued

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The Fundamental Movements

fun·da·men·tal ˌfəndəˈmentl/ adjective  =  Forming a necessary base or core; of central importance. Fundamental movements.  We talk about these FIVE fundamental movement patterns all the time at SPARC Athens.  These are the movements that we often take for granted:  Squat, Push, Pull, Hinge and Loaded Carry.  In layman’s terms you could restate them as:  standing and sitting, … Continued

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Functional Movement at SPARC

I learned a long time ago that movement – efficient movement – is the key to sustainable performances over time.  Notice how I didn’t say great performances.  In truth some of the best athletes in the world have horrendous movement patterns, but are still capable of superhuman performances.  Sorry, sometimes you can’t compete with genetics. … Continued

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Lessons from an Olympic Gold Medalist

Welcome to SPARC Athens.  I wanted to share with you my story, because it’s an important part of our approach.  For most of the past 15 years I competed and trained as a professional shot putter.  I was pretty good at it too managing to win 7 medals at major championships including an Olympic Gold Medal, … Continued

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