Athletes That Don’t Come Along Everyday, Still Have Everyday Problems | Ep. 35

Today was an awesome day. Had the opportunity to workout with Heather Soukas.  For those of you that don’t know. This girl is a stud. The word on the street is that she just cut her hair to look more like Sandra Bullock… I won’t hold that against her.

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Ok. I see the resemblance but, I bet Sandra can’t do this

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or this Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 2.21.18 PM ,

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This girl is a multiple year games athlete, just got signed to the D.C. Brawlers, and uses my weights to warm up.  Needless to say she is an all-star. Interesting thing is, while working out with her I couldn’t help but notice she had some of the same faults I see in our recreational crossfitters. Could it be super humans are still humans?  Turns out even studs like this girl can improve (optimize) their function, which will in turn improve their efficiency, decrease  their injury risk, and help them perform better (optimize performance).  Its kind of cool though because it allows us to relate to these great athletes at a different level.

Heather is a knee caver, most noted on box jumps.  If you remember a while back we kept harping on the importance of squat mechanics. Well, here is why. Landing on a box in athletic position is the way we prevent injury and harness the power of our legs. Look back at the first couple episodes and you’ll notice real quick the 2″ squat looks an awful lot like the good dynamic landing position talked about in today’s video.

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Pictured above left to right: 2″ squat, dynamic landing position.

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Pictured above left to right: knee caved position, knee cave corrected using RNT (reactive neuromuscular training).


Today’s Prescription:

With Light Band (like shown in video)

1. Grove 2″ squat – knee out, athletic position.  1 set 30 reps

2. Hop and land in 2″ squat 1 set 15 reps

3. 1 – 45lb plate – Hop and land in 2″ squat 1 set 15 reps

4. 2 – 45lb plates – Hop and land in 2″ squat 1 set 15 reps

5. 4 – 45lb plates – Hop and land in 2″ squat 1 set 15 reps

6. 20in box – Hop and land in 2″ squat 1 set 15 reps