Podcast #12: Jarod Burton (Train Efficiently)

Hierarchy of Survival:

“The most important thing about training is being able to breathe in any position that the athlete needs to get into.”

“If breathing is the #1 thing on this hierarchical status, if I don’t first fix that source, then trying to fix everything else with muscular imbalance and vestibular system is going to be a lot harder.”

“The ability to be able to contract all of your muscles at max intensity while still being able to preserve the ability to breathe… that’s the #1.”

End goal of ISOs: Max contraction with correct muscle groups in the correct position while being able to breathe with ease.

Compensation Patterns:

A lot of squatting and deadlifting with stabile spine, externally rotated hips, “gets you as far away from what was intended for the human body (run, move, walk, etc.)”

We want general strength but we get rid of free play movement. “They become stiff and stable instead of more elastic.”

“Once you increase the brain-body awareness (turning off overpowering muscles) and increasing the brain-body awareness of muscles that were shut down perse, you see hypertrophy really fast.”


“What position can you not breathe in?… That’s the position you’re going to hold and you’re going to hold that position until you can actually breathe.”

Other Keys:

Evaluations: “You quickly find that everyone is terrible on the table but then somehow they’re the best athlete in the game.”

“If something is wrong with one of the organ systems, your body is going to use energy to preserve and protect that system over a certain tendon or ligament because it knows it can still run or move or walk without that tendon or ligament.”

13-year old athlete: “Their body naturally torques and coils.”

Senior or college athlete: “Their body has compensated to handle more weight training rather than sports movements.”

Always keep the athletic movements and provide weight training “when necessary.”

Pain that jumps around the body: “That pain probably isn’t structural damage, it’s probably actually something emotional that’s happened in their past.”

Arm Care: “The way that we currently prescribe exercises don’t actually provide enough stress to the body that is mimicking the actual baseball throw.”

“I think a lot of times, we aren’t stressing our athletes good enough.”

“With the weight training, I’m finding that, it’s almost reverse torquing, reverse coiling athletes.”

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