The Steel Mace: The First 3 Moves to Learn
By John Kostyra, M.S., CSCS, FMS, BScFitness & Sports Medicine Specialist
I am writing this article because I believe it’s time for the fitness industry to take a step back from the “new age” nonsense and look at some basic science. I want us all to stop wasting our money on supplements that don’t work and start paying attention to what really works.
There are so many different types of programs out there that claim to improve your physique and performance. Some are good, some aren’t.
What makes one program better than another? Why do some people see results while others remain stagnant or even get worse? Is it genetics, training history, diet or something else entirely?
There isn’t enough research done on these questions.
What if we could answer them? Could we create a program that would make any person stronger, faster or leaner? Would it be possible to create a program that would give anyone the ability to compete in bodybuilding competitions?
These are very real questions that need answers. If they were answered yes, then we’d have a new generation of athletes with new levels of athletic prowess. We could increase our own abilities and help the next generation reach new heights in all aspects of sport.
For years, we’ve been developing a system that breaks down each movement pattern into its essential components and then builds it back up again. We call this system the Neuromuscular Performance System (NPS).
The system has been used to improve performance and rehabilitate patients with injuries. It has been refined over the last ten years with the help of some of the brightest minds in the industry.
As a fitness professional, you may be wondering if this is just another fitness fad that will come and go. Rest assured, this is not.
This is a program that is built on real science to produce real results. In this article, I’ll explain how the NPS can benefit you and your clients.
What is NPS?
NPS is a system that takes a holistic approach to improving athleticism. It was designed with the goal of breaking down complex motor patterns and then gradually building them back up again using the correct technique. A good analogy is learning how to play a piano.
When most people try to learn a new song on the piano, they start by learning the melody. They learn the song by ear and try to play it as best they can with what they know so far.
Eventually, they get stuck and make mistakes. They may even become frustrated and quit.
The correct way to learn a new song is to start with the fundamentals. Learn how to play each individual key, then link them together into chords, then move on to melodies and so on.
Once the student has learned all the little details, they can then go back and create their own songs.
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Which Deadlift is Right for Your Body Type? by M Gedge – breakingmuscle.com
Change Your World with Hand and Wrist Mobility by J Pilotti – breakingmuscle.com
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