TDD #3 & 4: Push Training Intro

Hi everybody!  This is the first part of what will likely be three parts.  In the intro I introduce what we are working on, with some tips on how to, and how not to, do it.  Next, I will show you some push training ideas relating to this type of rotation.  In the last segment I will explain how all of this relates to TDD #3 & 4 and also how you can do some push training with those exercises.

I made a couple of mistakes when filming these.  On one of the takes my camera was on the wrong setting so that it didn’t film as well.  On all of the takes I had natural light coming in behind the camera along with the artificial lighting.  I thought this would be a good idea, but natural light varies here at this time of year.  So, that variation wasn’t good for the shoot.  From now on I’ll just shoot with artificial light only.  And finally, there is a way to synchronize my off angle shots with the main shots.  This can be done automatically with my sophisticated editing software . . . but I haven’t learned how to do that yet so you will notice at one point where the dialogue and film is off a bit.

I went ahead edited both takes together so that instruction repeats throughout the video. I did this on purpose.  What is said is important a bears repeating.  Once again I post this with the understanding that the “good stuff” can’t be seen.  Nevertheless, everyone begins by copying what they see on the outside (whether in person or not) and by trying to do what they think they understand ought to be done.  This is a necessary evil, so one might as well start now.  Please listen carefully and do your best.  If it isn’t difficult, you probably aren’t doing it correctly.

Few more tips:  You will hear Tom correcting me at times.  That’s good stuff.  Either you are doing things right, or you aren’t.  Reality has no respect for “seniority.”  So keep it real.  Also, if you look at my mouth, you will see that it often moves in the direction I’m trying  to move.  This is me subconsciously trying to move more tissue (rather than must moving bones).  Sometimes my mouth gets caught up in the “call” to move.  Moving one’s mouth isn’t helpful, but moving tissue sure is.  So don’t be satisfied with just large gross movement.  You want your tissues to move how, and where, you tell them to.  Oh, and one more thing . . . I show movement on the front part of my body, but just like a spinning tire, there must be equal movement around the entire body.

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6 thoughts on “TDD #3 & 4: Push Training Intro

  1. hi Allen,
    Great stuff…it’s a pleasure watching you videos. I would like to know whether you can combine the ‘back bow’ with the above spinal rotation?


    1. Thank you. Yes back bow can be added in. And I’ll add that the emphasis is on tissue rotation than spine, or femur, or humerus rotation. After all, the bones move in large part due to tissue movement. And, due to the structure of the human body, tissues can’t really rotate, but they will spiral when called into rotation. That becomes very important later on!

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      1. Hi Allen,
        I did try combining the ‘back bow’ with the tissue rotation of the spine but i feel kind of stuck while turning the spine. Request you to address this issue in your future post. Thanks once again


  2. Hi Allen, thank you very much for your videos. Just to clarify: What is moving? Are you only moving tissues or are you also trying to move the sacrum in relation to the hip bones (coxa)?


    1. Hi Florian, My present thought on that is as follows: For the most part, take away the tissues and the skeleton has unlimited mobility. So for enhancing range of motion concentrate on moving the tissue. The ability to move tissue implies a certain “looseness.” We want an optimal ratio of looseness and strength. Now, for most adults the sacrum and sometimes other places in the skeleton “cement” to the local skeletal structure. With constant moderate movement of the surrounding tissues “asking” it to move in a certain way, as years pass (up to seven years for structures to rebuild) the body can adapt to comply with the new demand.

      That being said, one will always find the greatest motion around the circumstances of the circle. For beginners, it often is best to start there. Later it is desirable for a variety of reasons to pay attention to center of the circle as initiator of movement.

      Thanks for the question!



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