I am thrilled to announce that I will be working with TPH Detroit as their Head Strength Coach! Together we will operate at standard that exceeds the expectations of student-athletes and families in athletic and academic settings.
As the head strength coach, my goal is to educate and guide student-athletes in gaining strength, speed and mobility in ways that promote long-term, sustainable health and performance. I aim to provide training tools that student-athletes can utilize not just on the ice, but in life as well.
To everyone at TPH Detroit; it was a pleasure to be a small part of your program last year. I am looking forward to all we will accomplish in the years to come
In my time as a Kinstretch® instructor, I have found difficulty in helping potential participants understand exactly what it is, what it isn’t and why it’s such a powerful system for all things related to movement health. That said, I wanted to discuss a few of the most common misconceptions I have come across. I hope this clears some things up!
It’s just a “stretching” class
Stretching is a method used to improve your body’s ability to attain a desired position. So, yes, stretching is a huge component of Kinstretch®; BUT, once your body is able to achieve a desired position, it’s important that we teach our body how to exert force (display strength) in that position. That is what we do in Kinstretch®. Kinstretch® is the application of the scientific principles of stretching AND strength. Kinstretch® IS a strength training class.
Is strength training easy? Of course not. The physical and mental demand is high – just “going through the motions” doesn’t cut it. Want results? You have to be consistent, willing to learn, and have to build a connection between your mind and your movement.
It’s like Yoga
In my opinion and based on my personal experience as well as the experience many of my participants have expressed to me, Kinstretch® is much more specific and intentional than Yoga. In Kinstretch®, you’ll specifically address the joint restrictions that are stopping you from attaining and moving in and out of the positions you practice in Yoga. The goal of Kinstretch® is not to attain a certain “form” but to to attain better functioning joints. Better functioning joints = a body that is better at the things you do with it.
Ultimately, the best way to understand Kinstretch® is to experience it for yourself. Take a few classes and see what it’s all about, you will thank yourself. If you’re not in my area, reach out and I’ll help you find a Kinstretch® provider near you!
I would love to hear from you! How does your experience with Kinstretch® compare to your initial expectation?
A picture is worth how many words? A lot more than is in this post!
In 2014, the gentleman in the photo above, Steve, quickly became my first ever client when I got my first personal training job at Anytime Fitness. Steve trained with me twice per week for a full year.
After that year, I moved my services as a personal trainer to my moms home and founded No Bull Personal Training. Steve stuck with me. He trained with me out of a garage 2 times per week for the next 4 years. Hot summers, cold winters and everything in between.
Late 2019, I came across a space to move my business that felt like the one I had been looking for. It matched just about everything I wanted out my business and personal life. With the advice and help of many, I pulled the trigger – my lease began on February 15.
I was still running business out of the garage while working late into the night and barely sleeping(not proud of it, sleep is important!) to get this new space up and running. I was so close! And the pandemic hit.
In person training was put to a halt. Like many, I scrambled to move my business online…. Steve stuck with me – trained with me online and DID NOT MISS A WEEK.
First ever client. Trained out of a garage for 4 years. Trained online in the midst of a pandemic. And somehow, just how it was drawn up, Steve was the first in person session to ever be held in the new studio 6 freakin’ years later.
This session was a moment in time that I don’t think my words can do justice. Training someone in person after being off for so long felt surreal in itself. To have Steve though, as the first session in this new studio was one of the most full circle moments I have ever experienced. There are so many things that culminated to this moment. It felt surreal. My mind was reeling through the last six years yet at the same time I was totally dialed in on Steve and his session. Steve crushed his session as usual and also demonstrated some impressive mobility gains from online training.
I am grateful beyond words for an outstanding client and a beyond loyal customer. This moment right here, I’m grateful to have shared with him. It’s one I’ll never forget.
I’m excited to share this 3 page spread that is featured in this month’s Men’s Health Magazine. The article was written by Andrew Gutman and photographed by G.L. Askew II. There are interviews with the developer of the Kinstretch® system, @drandreospina, and great demonstrations of a few moves. But that’s enough from me. Have a read for yourself!
Brutally honest… I’m not crazy about the name of my business; but, I’ve got a lot of skin in the game and I ain’t about to change it!
To me, “No Bull” has ALWAYS meant that I am here to be objective, yet compassionate. It has always meant that my interests lie not in fulfilling the predisposition of how personal trainers are regarded in our culture; but in solving problems in ways that actually respect the biological nature of the human species. Too deep? Ehh, I can literally change the expression of your cells based on the stimulus(exercise) I put on your body. That’s a pretty darn big deal if you ask me. And I do not take it lightly!
“No Bull” is often associated with “No pain, no gain”, “No excuses” and mantras alike. Mantras of which I actually despise. Mantras that I definitely don’t believe to be conducive to sustainable health and performance most of the time. I OBVIOUSLY understand how, on the surface, No Bull Personal Training would be interpreted that way – It’s just not what it has ever meant to me. If not fulfilling our culture’s predispositions means keeping you safe and putting you on a better path, then, sorry not sorry. IT’S BECAUSE I CARE. Seriously.
To me(6 years ago and now), NBPT is a representation of the direction I want the industry to go. Though my techniques have adapted and my perspectives have broadened, I’ve been guided in the belief that many of the solutions we search for lie in the evolutionary biology of the human species, not culturally derived fallacies.
What are we evolutionarily designed to do? What are we doing? What are we doing to make-up for the fact that we are not doing what we are evolutionarily designed to do?
Still craving more information about Kinstretch®? Kinstretch® is a movement practice that prepares your body to do whatever it is that you want your body to do. This movement enhancement system develops maximum body control, flexibility and most importantly, USABLE ranges of motion. The techniques utilized in a Kinstretch® practice are selected based how they will help with body control, injury prevention, joint health and physical longevity.
Kinstretch® works by first developing a baseline. Learn to move your joints independent of one another and control what you already have. Then we add on to that baseline by increasing ranges of motion, controlling those new ranges of motion and then maximizing your improved joint function through compound movements. RINSE & REPEAT.
The medical practitioner who developed this system saw that, despite best efforts in training and treatment, there are still continuously increasing occurrences of injuries among athletes, higher numbers of missed work days due to headaches and pain, diminished quality of life and people developing premature degenerative arthritis far before their joints are supposed to wear down.
The problem was not the methods of training or doing what we love. The problem is that most bodies, even the most athletic among us, are simply not ready to do what we are asking them to do. Kinstretch® applies consistent, methodical, concentrated control and maximum strength so you can function optimally when you’re doing what you love or just living life every day.
As a Kinstretch® instructor my goal is to help you perform better and limit your possibility of injury so that you can play your sport at higher levels, run/walk easier and attain yoga poses you never thought possible.
UPDATE: Kinstretch® was featured in September 2020’s issue of Men’s Health Magazine with a 3 page spread. Check it out HERE.
Saint Patrick’s Day is today, and you may be thinking you need to carry around your shamrock for good-luck and health, right? While there may not be evidence backing the “good-luck” that the shamrock is attributed, there is much evidence backing the healthful benefits of plants in the diet. Different types of fruits and vegetables can influence different parts of your body in ways you may never have previously thought.
An apple a day can help keep the doctor away! Apples, amongst many other fruits, may be effective in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general. Apples have been consistently associated with reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and type II diabetes.1 You can eat apples plain or add them to a bowl of oatmeal for your morning breakfast. Either way, skip the juice.
If this cold snowy weather has you dreaming of the tropics, add coconut water to your diet! It is an excellent source for rehydration and electrolyte replenishment. Try replacing additive and sugar laden sports drinks with coconut water. Coconut water’s composition has been shown to be so similar to our blood plasma that it has been successfully used intravenously in regions with limited resources.2 Coconut water can be purchased in a bottle, or you can buy a fresh coconut and drain it yourself at home.
Of course I had to put something green on the list, so; if coconut water doesn’t get your heart pounding (dry humor), try some kale! Kale has carotenoids that can promote healthy skin and is a quality source of antioxidants and calcium.3 Yes, calcium. Want strong bones? Eat Kale. All these benefits plus more and yet it is sadly unpopular in the American diet.
Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can help promote all sorts of different health benefits in your body. Take a trip down your grocery stores organic aisle and add some bright colors to your diet. With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, add lots of green and have a safe and healthy celebration.
How about that weather? No, I’m not trying to make small talk. You may have noticed the weather has been fluctuating during the seasonal change, and that can seriously affect the way you feel. There is a name for what you may be feeling – seasonal affective disorder. SAD is distinguished by annual depressions that arise around the same time each year.1 SAD can cause you to feel unmotivated, depressed and can cause you to lose sleep.
Don’t worry; this post isn’t all bad news. There is hope for combatting the mentioned effects of SAD and it’s simpler than you may think! Here are a few simple tips to limiting the effects of SAD.
Awareness. Become aware of the occurrence so you can prepare for it. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to track your mood and how it may be affected by the seasons and/or any other external variable(s).
Nutrition. Yes, you guessed it – Eat a well-balanced diet with high quantities of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy proteins. Check out my previous post on how your nutrition may be impacting your mood more than you might think.
Breath. Exercise regularly and practice efficient breathing patterns. What? Practice breathing? Yes, that is what I said. We take an average of over 20,000 breaths per day. How long can you survive without food? How long can you survive without water? Pending factors such as environmental conditions, body composition, energy expenditure, genetics, etc., maybe a few days to a few weeks. How long can you survive without taking a breath?… Exactly. Much less than a few days to a few weeks. Unless you’re David Blaine. Which, most of us are not; then, this applies to you. In my opinion, respiration is one of the most overlooked facets of physical and mental health. Crocodile breathing and supine 90/90 breathing are excellent exercises to begin re-learning efficient breathing patterns.
Becoming in-tune with your mind and body is one of the best things you will ever do for yourself. Understanding how your body is influenced by variables you may have never thought to be impactful can pay huge dividends in the short term and the long term. Thanks for reading! Leave your questions and comments below!
Have you ever found yourself in a slump? Feel tired frequently? Do you feel less productive at work or school? You’re not alone; but, have you ever thought about why you feel this way? There’s a high probability that your diet plays a significant role.
There have been multiple studies done that show how large of an impact diet alone has on our mood and energy levels. In 2015 Dr. Michael Gregor set out to discover the effects of a plant-based diet on mood, and the results might surprise you.
Dr. Gregor analyzed numerous studies looking at this relationship. One of which was a 22 week cooperate study aimed to collect data on the acceptability of plant-based diets in a non-clinical setting and its effects on quality of life and productivity at work. The study took two overweight and/or previously diagnosed with type two diabetes groups and provided one group with weekly instruction on a low-fat, vegan diet while the other group received no instruction. The group receiving nutritional guidance reported improvements in physical and mental health along with more diet satisfaction and less health-related impairments at work and on a regular daily basis. 1
A separate study conducted was aimed to show the effects of a low-carb, high-fat diet and a high-carb, low-fat diet on overall mood and cognitive function. 106 overweight men and women were randomized into these groups. Over the course of 52 weeks, the high-carb, low-fat diet showed less depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, and fatigue than did the low-carb, high-fat diet group.2 These findings are consistent with those of other epidemiological studies showing that high-carb, low-fat, low-protein diets are associated with better psychological well-being. While, this might seem like fat is the culprit; but, rather the TYPE of fat is what should be considered.3 Arachidonic acid(AA) is an omega-6 fatty acid found primarily in animal meat that can potentially negatively impact mental health through neuroinflamation.4
Think back over the last few months. Day by day, how have you felt? If you think that you could be happier or more productive, take-a-look at what you have been feeding your body. If it’s take-away pizza and processed foods, the fix could potentially be as simple as a changing your diet. Switching to a plant-based diet is simple, and can vastly improve your everyday life. Here is an excellent guide to healthy eating.