Category: Philosophy

An Argument for Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes a radical, new and old, thought?

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Live o2, Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

The great thing about life is perspective.  You can use the information intended for one purpose, but with a different perspective you can look from a different angle, you can see an entirely new conclusion.  My hope is to walk you down the road to see that we have missed one of the most basic building blocks of performance in sport, oxygen.

The question I have always wanted to answer is how Native Americans were able to go on physically demanding hunts, maintain a slendor, muscular build without motor learning research performed during practice sessions or treadmills for endurance work or completed Olympic lifts in their weight room. So how could it be that they were able to accomplish such feats of  endurance and strength without all the training?

My first hypothesis is oxygen and our current lack there of, in our current lives.

Here are my thoughts that lead me to this conclusion.

  1. Otto Warburg, a mid 20th century cell biologist in Germany, cellular respiration is simple truth: cells that cannot breathe, cannot, and will not ever, work properly. Anything that skips the first and obvious neglects the
    metabolism of life.
  2. Current Atmospheric levels:  Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health and performance, according to Roddy Newman and his book, The Oxygen Crisis.
  3. Manfred von Ardenne, developed in the late 1960s by Professor von Ardenne, (a student of Dr. Otto Warburg), Oxygen Multistep Therapy combines oxygen therapy, elements that facilitate intracellular oxygen turnover, and physical exercise adapted to individual performance levels.
  4. Dr. Mark Sircus states, “long and hard is the search for substances that athletes can use to increase sports performance. There are more than several substances that are natural, legal, non-toxic and safe that athletes can use, but like everywhere else in the world of medicine most still prefer dangerous pharmaceuticals to natural medicinals even with the risk of being discovered and banned from competition.”  and, “extra oxygen increases muscles’ energy production improving athletic output ability; intensity and duration.  The secret to Olympic success is higher concentrations of oxygen delivery to the cells.. ” For entire post, click here
  5. Oxygen has been proven to be a natural, ethical & legal way to stimulate biologically effective levels of growth hormones, especially the ones ethic-challenged athletes use illegally, like EPO, erythropoietin AND HGH, Human Growth Hormone?

I realize that additional details may be needed to connect these dots into a more detailed, comprehensive study, suffice to say that increasing your oxygen intake would benefit athletes, both in the short and long run.

 

 

 

The McCarthy Project EWOT Sessions

Exercise With Oxygen Training Sessions For Elite Performance in Life and Sport

live_o2_logoOver the years, The McCarthy Project has developed gestalt theory of elite performance and oxygen is a major component of that philosophy. Each session is 30 minutes in length: a 5-10 warm-up on a treadmill, or a bike trainer (you can use your own bike. if desired) followed by a 15 minute training session and a 5 minute cool down.

Session Rates:
Individual Sessions $50.00
Elite Package (16 sessions) $500.00
Gestalt Package (Unlimited sessions for 4 months) $1000.00

Location:
23568 Birch Road
Rogers, MN 55374

Each session package includes a 60 minute consultation to review your current fitness level and your goals. All sessions are by appointment only.

For more information on how we may be able to take your training to the next level, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

Some EWOT Training benefits include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

 

 

Live O2: Leading Edge Oxygen Training for Elite Performance

Exercise With Oxygen Training: A part of the The McCarthy Project’s Gestalt Theory of Elite Performance

Over the years, The McCarthy Project has seen or worked with hyperbaric tents and systems, altitude training, elevation masks, and virtual reality trainers for the simple purpose of gaining an edge for athletes. After live_o2_logomany years of searching, The McCarthy Project believes that adding oxygen and oxygen training (i.e. exercise with oxygen training or EWOT) could be one of those Rosetta stones for athletes. It amazes the mind that you could move all around the idea of oxygen by taking oxygen away, sleeping low, training high and then the opposite (sleeping high, training low) to sleeping in a tent, but the idea of adding oxygen during a 15 minute workout could or would be the answer, but if you take the time to understand the science behind oxygen training, you will uncover that their are major benefits for working with oxygen and the Live O2 system.

Benefits Include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

For EWOT/Live O2 training sessions at our location,  visit here. Or how you would be able to take your training to the next level by purchasing a system, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Additional Information:

” LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast lets you switch between oxygen-reduced and oxygen-rich air during exercise. This creates a “magic moment” of super-oxygenation for the brain, liver and kidneys,” Live O2

Secondly,  The following quote is from a post on the subject of Dara Torres, US Olympic swimmer.  For entire post, visit here

“Dara Torres started to see some unexpected effects beyond endurance and strength.  She gained a lot of muscle — fast. The scale showed about 12 pounds of muscle gain from Jan thru March.  Don’t get me wrong – Dara is the totally awesome athlete – but how could she add that much muscle that fast at 45? The new muscle mass made her look much stronger than the Time Magazine cover.  Her shoulders were at least 2 inches broader this year – and her already awesome legs were wicked ripped. Why?”

Dr. Palacios compares his experience with LiveOperformance to his 15 years of experience with medical hyperbaric treatment.

Tulane University Beach Volleyball Coach Holly on Competing for the Right Reasons

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Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University

Today, Tulane University’s Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly will join Stephen to talk about the upcoming beach season. But as sometimes happens other subjects come out of the discussion and this interview has that flavor.  While we did discuss the future of college volleyball, we also discussed different perspectives young people could have for the sport of beach volleyball.

Coach Holly has a very lengthy bio when it comes to playing and coaching on the beach, but my challenge is for our listeners and young athletes to listen  to the entire interview.  Focus and concentrate on the words he is using and when he describes beach volleyball, how he describes the steps of attaining your complete potential and ultimately, how to fall in love with the game that he has invested his life.

For the complete interview, visit here.  For more information on Coach Holly and his program, visit here

Dave Trumbo of Stevenson on the Possibilities in Beach Volleyball

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Head Volleyball Coach Dave Trumbo of Stevenson University

Today, Stevenson University Head Volleyball Coach Dave Trumbo  joined Stephen to talk about the upcoming beach volleyball season and the future of beach in the college ranks. Some of the areas covered include: coaching for the love the game, the challenges of being located in a slightly colder climate and being a new program, the joy of going south for spring break, and the future of Division III programs in the sport of beach.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Trumbo, visit here.

Looking into the Future of Volleyball with St. Marys Rob Browning

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Head Volleyball Coach Rob Browning of The St. Mary’s Gaels

St. Mary’s head volleyball coach Rob Browning joined to talk about the upcoming beach volleyball season and how the sport may change for the next couple years with the recent announcement of a NCAA championship. On top of that, Coach Browning will chat about the history of BYU volleyball and his thoughts on what a few of the great qualities of elite players.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Browning, click here

Jacksonville Coach Darty on Creating an Environment for Athletes

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Head Volleyball Coach Julie Darty of Jacksonville University

Coach Julie Darty will be joining Stephen to talk on the subject of perfection and how young athletes can overcome this sometimes disrupting force, as well as, how creating the proper environment can lead to long term success.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Darty and Jacksonville University, visit here.

College Coach on Beach Volleyball 2016

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University of North Florida Volleyball Coach Steve Loeswick

The recent announcement of the inaugural NCAA beach volleyball tournament in May of 2016 was a major step forward adding beach volleyball to the map as a youth sport.  The bigger question does this new tournament change your thoughts about playing beach volleyball in college, rather than simply indoor.

Secondly, Steven Loeswick of North Florida joined Stephen to talk about the future of the sport of beach volleyball.

So what is the future of beach volleyball for coaches? For players?

For the entire interview, visit here.  For additional information on Coach Loeswick, click here.

Awareness and Efficiency, Rather than Perfection

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Head Volleyball Coach David Rubio of University of Arizona

Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project was joined by David Rubio, Head Volleyball coach from the University of Arizona on the subject of perfection or efficiency in sport. Coach Rubio has over 30 years of history in coaching and is currently coaching his daughter’s youth team. On top of that, he will talk about areas to focus to use this personality trait to its utmost.

To listen to the entire interview, visit here.

For more information on Coach Rubio, visit here.

Outdoor Amazing Race

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40ft Giants Ladder

Exploring the outdoors and race the clock to complete tasks. The McCarthy Project has designed a course to challenge each persons ability to feel the adrenaline rush of competition while working with others.  This event will challenge your understanding of leadership, the role of communicating, conflict resolution, the influence of risk, and strategic planning, as well as, your physical talent.

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60ft Cable Walk

The event consists of (6-7) 5-15 min challenges: some are a physical challenges, some are strategic  You will compete against the clock for an overall best time.

Potential activities include, but not limited to the following:
1. Blind Maze
2. Cargo Net 50ft high
3. Log Walk 50ft high
4. Puzzle Game
5. Giants Ladder 40 ft High
6. Cable Walk

Log Bridge
50ft Cargo Net and Log Walk

Cost is $129.99 for 2, $229.99 for 4, $399.99 for 8

Location:
Uncle Fogy Nature Center
10454 108th Street Nw
Annandale, MN 55302
612-741-0982

Customer Feedback:

My teenage sons had so much fun this summer with your outdoor rock climbing and ziplining course in Annandale, we have now purchased the 3-Hour Outdoor Amazing Race. Thank you! – Jessica M.

For additional information, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Synthetic Gene Drive and Designer Athletes

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For all of us who lived in the 1980’s, Rocky in Rocky IV gets absolutely demolished by the genetically and medically-enhanced Russian boxer, but refuses to quit, he wins right? The evil Russians were cheating anyways, right?    Within this context, enter synthetic gene drive technology with the capability of creating designer athletes.  Oh, I mean genetically modified human beings, we win right?

UPDATE: 5/13/16 New York Times: Scientists Hold Secret Meeting To Create Synthetic Genome

The new technologies like gene drive are editing and changing the DNA of human beings, breaking down ancient boundaries, creating genetically engineered human beings, are they human beings?  Frankenstein athletes? Russian boxers?

Designer insects and designer babies, all sound really cool, but the science is not perfect and potentially, has unintended consequences.  Furthermore, the question of what will happen to the rest of the athletes who don’t have access to the technology?  Or what are the long term health concerns, intended or unintended, for athletes who are touched by a synthetic gene drive organism? What happens to the next generation of athletes who are conceived by the new athletes? And this is just the starter questions.

From the nature angle, listen to my interview with David Epstein of  Sports Illustrated on genetics in sport.  Or Micheal Much of Rivals.com on nature vs nurture.

I will forever argue that the nurture process is strong enough to overcome the nature process, assuming the nature portion is not genetically engineered.  Allow the natural order of true vitalism and the human spirit to be the deciding factors, not genetic modification.

The ultimate question for athletes is would you like to be a designer athlete or compete against a designer athlete? Is this ethical? As far as food is concerned, it may look like a banana, but is it really a banana if the foundation building blocks are modified? Moreover, it may look like a human, but is it really a human being?

Here are a couple quotes to start your research:

From The Independent:

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

The development of so-called “gene drive” technology promises to revolutionize medicine and agriculture because it can in theory stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever, as well as eliminate crop pests and invasive species such as rats and cane toads.

From Wired

The stakes, however, have changed. Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9. The first term is an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” a description of the genetic basis of the method; Cas9 is the name of a protein that makes it work. Technical details aside, Crispr-Cas9 makes it easy, cheap, and fast to move genes around—any genes, in any living thing, from bacteria to people. “These are monumental moments in the history of biomedical research,” Baltimore says. “They don’t happen every day.” The technique is revolutionary, and like all revolutions, it’s perilous. Crispr goes well beyond anything the Asilomar conference discussed. It could at last allow genetics researchers to conjure everything anyone has ever worried they would—designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes. It brings with it all-new rules for the practice of research in the life sciences. But no one knows what the rules are—or who will be the first to break them.

From International Business Times

Synthetic gene drives, using a simple gene editing system called CRISPR, can, for example, alter the traits of mosquitoes or invasive cane toads, and even eradicate the species. The technology offers tremendous benefits to human health and crops. But potential for misuse by terror groups or accidental release from labs is high, as these “super” organisms can spread rapidly, and cause health and environmental disasters.

Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

street-sign-141396_640I ask one question, if you could improve your cognitive ability within two hours, would you do it?

Furthermore, if you could improve an athletes ability to problem solve with the use of creativity without a major investment of time or money, would you do it?

If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is resounding yes.

Well a recent study out of the University of North Florida has found that the simple act of climbing a tree can dramatically improve cognitive skills.

The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits. Working Memory, the active processing of information, is linked to performance in a wide variety of contexts from grades to sports.

The results of this research, recently published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these physical exercises. “Improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time,” said Tracy Alloway.

So the next time you are looking for a creative way to develop yourself or your athletes, look no further than the giant tree in your front yard, and yes, climbing a tree can improve cognitive performance.

For additional information, visit the UNF site or click here for the complete study.

New Study: Outdoor Micro Breaks Restore Your Attention

sunrise-453735_1280Highlights:

    • Neuroscience techniques provide direct empirical support for attention restoration theory.
    • A micro-break viewing a green, but not concrete roof city scene, sustains attention
    • The green roof city scene perceived as more restorative than concrete roof city scene.
    • Results suggest city nature is valuable for healthy cities and workplaces.

Abstract:

Based on attention restoration theory we proposed that micro-breaks spent viewing a city scene with a flowering meadow green roof would boost sustained attention. Sustained attention is crucial in daily life and underlies successful cognitive functioning. We compared the effects of 40-s views of two different city scenes on 150 university students’ sustained attention. Participants completed the task at baseline, were randomly assigned to view a flowering meadow green roof or a bare concrete roof, and completed the task again at post-treatment. Participants who briefly viewed the green roof made significantly lower omission errors, and showed more consistent responding to the task compared to participants who viewed the concrete roof. We argue that this reflects boosts to sub-cortical arousal and cortical attention control. Our results extend attention restoration theory by providing direct experimental evidence for the benefits of micro-breaks and for city green roofs.

Click here for entire study.

Potential Root Cause of Decreased Performance

For 14 years, we have been researching this concept called elite performance. One of the changes we have noticed is young people are not able to hold their attention on a subject as they could years ago. Secondly, they seem to be more complacent, sort of like ho-hum, just another day.

Well, I would like to open the discussion to the potential that vaccines could be one of the roots causes for these trends. You might say, this is not possible. Vaccines are for the flu and other diseases. Stephen, you are out in left field on this one..

All I ask that you open your mind to the following thought.

Some of the major side effects of vaccines are neurological damage like autism, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, to name a few. Well, what is the complete story on the negative chemical reactions taking place inside our body that we are not able to see with the naked eye? Are the vaccines slowing down our thoughts, as well as, changing how our body works? If this is so, I believe coaches would agree that a high sport IQ and quicker decisions are a major competitive advantage for athletes and teams, not talent alone? So I beg the question, by not taking the flu shot and other vaccines, can you improve the performance of yourself and your team or at least allow your team to perform at its best?

As a starting point, review the research. Does this seem plausible? I would be open to hearing your comments.

Additional Research:

Dr. Joseph Mercola on Aluminum, Vaccines and ADHD

Dr. Joseph Mercola on Vaccines and The Spread of Disease

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on history of vaccines and other information

Dr. Russell Blaylock on the “Dangers of Excessive Vaccination”

Vaccination Council on all subjects of interest

Stephen’s Additional Thoughts:

I would like to thank everyone for their feedback.  Below is an opening statement and some of the responses to the “plausible question” mentioned earlier.  My responses to the feedback are italicized.

As a starter, I would agree that vaccination technology and research is not phony and is legitimate, my question resided in the side effects and the need to have an honest, open debate on what is really the truth related to vaccines.   If I could be assured that each component of the vaccine would not have side effects, it is reasonable to take vaccines.  The difficulty I have is the studies from NIH and CDC have contradicted themselves and sometimes,  even omitted data that link neurological problems to vaccines.

Response #1

Clearly, your research is neglecting to examine Nordic skiing, tennis, track, cross country, swimming, etc. I have coached for 44 years, encourage my athletes to stay current in vaccinations, avoid persistent sanitized environments, encouraging exposure to expand personal immunity. My skiers are top performers with an average GPA of 3.674, they are leaders in school, highly competitive, involved in student government, etc. Thank god for polio vaccinations, and a whole host of others. The anti science madness is a disease spawned by ignorant individuals who have no understanding of immunity, health, and vaccines.

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Dangerous proposition you make for young people.  My team is motivated and state level as well as national competitors.  They are all vaccinated and your thesis is dangerous and unsupported by real science.

I am not diminishing the possibility that athletes can perform while being vaccinated.  It would be the same as saying, “Every athlete needs to do heavy barbell squats in the weight room for elite performance,” when that has been clearly found to be false.  As there are many elite athletes, who have never seen a weight room and are able to compete at the highest levels.

My question arose out of a more global position and how it may be effecting individual athletes and the following possibilities:

1.  Is it plausible, some, not everyone, could be effected by the use vaccines and their performance had been diminished.

2.  Looking at the known side effects and the chemical makeup of the vaccines begs the question… What are each individual athletes responses to the vaccines.. What is the grey in-between the black and white? Click here, here or here for additional information.

3.  See response #2 for accuracy of clinical trials

4.  I do agree that vaccination technology is solid, I would just like the accurate documentation and a vaccine not filled with heavy metals and other chemicals harmful to our mind and bodies.

Response #2

The CDC and several studies show their is no causal link between Autism and vaccines.

One of the major foundation articles for this response is a 2004 article in the Journal Pediatrics by William S. Thompson, a Senior Scientist at the CDC and his co authors.  On August 27th, 2014, William S. Thompson has admitted that the article “omitted data that suggested connection to Autism.”  See link here

Response #3

Your conclusions are founded on hysteria, not facts. You are not a doctor or a scientist and what you are trying to promote can cause a great deal of harm.

Agreed, I am not a doctor or a scientist, but I am a trainer and have observed athletes for a long time, seen the side effects of athletes who are not able to perform to their full potential.  My intention was to ask the question, Could vaccines be a cause for the decreasing of performance in athletes?  And based on the side effects and scientific evidence, on both sides, it is worth asking the question.  Secondly, see above link to William Thompson about the accuracy of clinical studies, as well as, the two additional sources listed below.

Note: While the subject is GMO’s, just replace “GMO” with vaccines and the statements look eerily similar.  I ask the question, who is not open to a honest debate? Or Cathleen may not realize that genetically modified organisms have been linked to health disorders.  Possible, but I doubt it.

According to Cathleen Enright, executive vice president food & agriculture, for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO), there is nothing to debate. GMO agriculture is “sustainable” and GMO foods are “safe.” Anyone who says otherwise is making “scary” statements that have no basis in fact—because every shred of scientific evidence suggesting health or safety concerns related to GMOs “has been discredited,” Enright told me during a March 3 (2015) phone conversation. Click here for entire article

Secondly,

One of the most important responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in protecting public health is to conduct regular inspections of clinical trial sites to ensure that good clinical practices are being followed. But a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found that nearly half of all clinical trials are based on false information, and the FDA typically does nothing to address this widespread problem

Charles Seife, M.S., from the Institute of Journalism at New York University conducted a cross-sectional analysis of publicly available documents that describe FDA inspections of clinical trial sites where significant evidence of objectionable conditions or practices was found. Narrowing down the pool to only those documents that contained enough information to fully identify the violations described, Seife came up with 57 trials for which evidence of “significant departures” was abundant. Click here for entire article

So I will stand form on asking the question and opening the conversation. It must be discussed.

Response #3

Please do not spread propaganda based on hearsay.  This kind of stuff put out to unsuspecting people is one of the reasons we are seeing outbreaks of diseases long ago eradicated.

See above.. The question must be asked and a solid debate must occur, so an informed decision can be made for you, others and your athletes.

The Outdoors and Athletes Do Mix

image_bluejaysBy Jonnie Gall, GrindTV, February 15, 2015

Peek into the garage of any professional baseball player and you’re likely to see a shiny sports car with a hefty price tag.

But not Daniel Norris’, as the 21-year-old Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect from Johnson City, Tennessee, doesn’t even have a garage. In fact, his house is void of many of the luxuries that come with a lucrative pro sports career and a $2 million signing bonus.

That’s because Norris lives in a van.

“To keep this simple, they think I’m pretty weird,” laughs Norris, who says the people running the Blue Jays organization were wary at first of his unorthodox living situation. “They find it rather interesting.”

But the more you know about Norris, the more apparent it becomes that it’s the alternative—four walls lined with electronics and shiny appliances—that would be “weird.”

[Related: Daniel Norris showing drive in journey to Majors]

Norris, who made his major-league debut last September and is competing for a starting job this spring, grew up roaming the racks of tires and helmets at his father’s mountain bike shop in Tennessee, a local haven for outdoorsmen that had been in the family for two generations. On the weekends, his family rode bikes and went camping; Norris picked up rock climbing from his sister. Even during the first two offseasons of his pro baseball career (Norris was drafted from high school in the second round in 2011), he worked part-time at a local outdoor retailer, where he was introduced to even more new ways to get outdoors, like kayaking and backpacking.

For full article, visit GrindTV site

Cutting The Strings That Suppress Leadership Development

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Imagine the sled as holding you back from the pursuit of a goal. Cut the sled and your performance will increase, right or wrong?

Over the weekend, I had the honor of speaking to high school coaches at the Minnesota Track Coaches Association annual meeting. In preparation, I asked the following questions:

“Why do we feel that so many young people, who are working diligently to become great leaders and athletes, fail to accomplish the mission?” and “Is it the leadership model we are using in pursuit of the goal or is it suppression from reaching the goal?”

I do not feel the answer is the leadership model, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of high-quality models published over the last 100 years alone that have been used hundreds of times with much success. On top of that, most coaches use one of these models at present, so how could a new and improved model be the answer?

From my point of view, we must create connection amongst the team, as well as, eliminate the strings that hold athletes hostage from the attainment of their absolute best performance. Once free from suppression, we can give athletes the proper guidance on the subject of leadership, and only then, will athletes find their way to becoming a great leader.

 

I realized pretty quickly that my points of emphasis are merely a starting point for a major discussion and in no way, did I feel I had all the conclusive answers.  With that said, here are of the points of the presentation and a link to the prezi notes.

1.  athletes thinking in the moment with full and complete thoughts of the entire situation, not just “Get Mine First.” See Phil Jackson’s book Sacred Hoops and Michael Johnson’s Slaying the Dragon for more information.

2.  Begin to understand the concept of life scripts or episcripts and their influence on view points and actions. Search Eric Berne, father of transactional analysis, with the word “fairy tales.”

3.  Eliminate the toxins in and outside your body for the purpose of increasing IQ, mind-body connection, and increased energy.

  1. Only eat real organic, non-gmo food
  2. Filter fluoride from your water
  3. Find ways to eliminate synthetic materials from your environment and your food.   For additional information, see all the sources on this site.

Again, my goal was to create a starting point only, rather than a comprehensive list of solutions.  If you have any feedback, I would welcome an email.  Again, for the complete presentation, click here for the presentation notes.  Enjoy.

 

Leaders Worth Following

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Stephen McCarthy

What is a True Leader?  Is it the impulsive young person who is always talking and running out ahead of everybody and the team unknowingly just follows to failure?  Just the meat head jock who is the coolest? The girl who all the guys like, is good looking, smart and athletic?  No, no and no.

A leader is one who has the courage to stand on their own convictions, to walk the road not walked by everyone else, to risk, as well as,  to assist others who do not see the picture, to encourage, be willing to die for the cause that they seek. And in the end, when you find one of these leaders, follow them, they will take you home.

-Stephen McCarthy

On the courage to walk out your convictions:

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

On following everyone else and the same path:

Now we are told the individual’s highest aspiration or vision must be service to the group. The whole matter of “the greatest life” is presumed to be settled. It’s no longer worth re-thinking. This, of course, is propaganda. In many ways, from many angles, it’s taught and implied in our schools. Children learn to parrot the appropriate phrases. They utter them proudly.

– Jon Rappaport

Youth Coach on Changing Attitudes and Thoughts of Young Athletes

Hello Everyone,

I received this response from the post” The Necessary Art of Persuasion” by one of the best youth coaches, Colby Fuller.  He is THE coach who goes the extra mile, does the right thing, while not expecting or receiving the credit for the constant good work.  He is truly committed to youth sports and has proven this in motive and action.

The following commentary has years of playing and coaching wisdom, as well as, a great approach to teaching young athletes to think creatively for themselves. Enjoy.

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Dear Stephen,

I find this one interesting. I don’t think for a moment that I’m smarter than a Harvard guy but I’ve tried and failed many times with trying to maintain control of the team but to introduce accountability in small doses. What I’ve found that works the best is flat out telling the team that have free reign to play how they think the game should be played. That usually meant pass as little as possible and shoot as much as possible. When trying this method we usually find ourselves behind on the scoreboard. At halftime or earlier if I just can’t stomach it anymore, I call a timeout and say we’ve tried it your way, it’s not working. Now try it mine. If we are good enough to get back in it and win, we talk about how there are times for creativity on the court and times for discipline. As you know I have no problem letting a player shoot, if they are open. So in our post game we talk about by playing within the system we set our opponent up for ad libbing later. I feel that this method has been the most successful in allowing them to think it is their decision to change the style and pace of the game. Small amounts of freedom has led to better choices on the court with the reward being more wins, better team play and now in most cases, the offense runs without a play being called. They just do it, make their own adjustments and have been way more successful. I preached this so many times, “what is the best option?” that they now are constantly moving without the ball and moving the ball at the same time. So in a nut shell,we’ve tricked them into thinking that they are making the choice. But by playing within the system, they’ve learned to adapt to a more free style of play.

Sincerely,

Colby Fuller, Rogers MN Youth Basketball Coach

Athletes have higher cognitive function than college students

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

man-80086_640(NaturalNews) Professional and elite amateur athletes score higher on certain tests of cognitive function than university students, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal and supported by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

“Professional athletes as a group have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning unpredictable, complex dynamic visual scenes,” study author Jocelyn Faubert said. “The pros are much superior than scholars in our highly complex mental task.

“In other words, they are smarter [at] learning how to interpret the real world in action.”

The performance of 33 non-athlete university students on a cognitive test was compared with that of 102 professional soccer, hockey and rugby players from the English Premier League, the NHL and France’s Top 14, plus 173 elite amateur athletes from the NCAA American university sports program and a European Olympic training center. Participants performed a test known as 3D-MOT, in which they viewed a simulation of several objects moving through a three-dimensional space, then were asked to describe what they had seen. The movements of the simulated objects were randomly generated by a computer in order to prevent there from being any similarity with a real-world sport that could give the athletes unfair advantage.

The test was designed to evaluate participants’ visual perception and cognitive abilities in relation to complex scenes. Skills involved in such a task include the ability to distribute the tension between numerous moving targets and distracting items, to view a large field of vision, to perceive depth, and to follow rapidly moving objects. Each participant completed the test 15 times.

Although all participants improve at the task over the course of the 15 tests, the professional athletes were significantly better at tracking fast-moving objects than members of the other two groups. Likewise, the performance of amateur athletes exceeded that of non-athlete students.

“They appear to be able to hyper-focus for short periods of time resulting in extraordinary learning functions,” Faubert said.

Link to Study

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Connecting with Athletes

GFGH_combineThe following is a study around the process communications model. Over the last year, we have used this model with our teams with great success.

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Connecting with Students for Academic Success, By Michael Gilbert

Schools are challenged to provide meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for immediate and long-term success. The controversial Common Core is an attempt to institute a national curriculum in the United States to align with other countries.

Regardless of the approach, academic content is an important starting point for schools. Varying delivery methods are the companions to connecting with students for successful learning experiences. This article addresses how teachers might consider personality aspects in delivering curricula effectively. The methodology of doing so is explained by examining the Process Education Model, its components and implications. Also included are outcomes of several research and application projects.

The issues of how to prepare students to compete in a global economy are primary in education today. The “Common Core” is one possible approach for education in the United States. It was the adopted curriculum in 45 states. It is the closest the U. S. has come to a national curriculum, unlike most countries the world, where there is a national educational policy. However, issues regarding how to measure the results have spawned some crucial questions (Altman, 2014). While the “jury is still out” on the Common Core, the focus on delivering a meaningful curriculum remains. A formula to consider for academic success might be:

Content + Process = Academic Success

Traditional approaches to instructional delivery may no longer be effective.

“OK! Today, you are going to be working by yourselves. If you have any questions, raise your hands, and I will come to you.”

This scenario has been seen in classrooms all over the U. S. It demands that students conform to the way that the teacher wants them to behave. However, not every student is comfortable with static or limited delivery methods or constraining rules. We have learned that students have differing learning styles and ways of processing information (Gregorc, 1982; Kolb; 1984; McCarthy, 1980). Preference of intake modes (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic) (Barbe & Swassing, 1979) and access to different abilities (analytical, creative, and practical) (Sternberg, et al., 1999) are other considerations for looking at student learning. Also, students may be more adept with some learning styles or focal areas, or “intelligences” (Gardner, 1983).

Classroom structure and limited instructional delivery may be problems in dealing with students who bring home-life baggage to school. They see their “success” as their ability to “shut up and listen to the teacher” (Knaus, 2013, p. 16).

Personality characteristics (Myers & Briggs, 1943, 1976, 1985; Noland, 1978) may also factor into classroom interactions. Most of these models attempt to depict an individual with regard to one or several aspects of personality and suggest that the individual functions in life and in learning situations with the manifestations of those characterizations. Complete Study

Oxygen and Elite Performance: The Science

The attached presentation was by Dr. Robert Rowen, an expert in the area of ozone therapies.  The presentation is very scientific and directed towards the medical profession.  The motive for posting the video clip is my question.  In the effort to attain elite performance, we are always looking for the way to enhance performance.  My question is what are the hindrances to our performance?  Oxygen therapies can eliminate these hindrances.  Enjoy.

The Myth of Multitasking By The New Atlantis

By Christine Rosen, The New Atlantis

brainconnectIn one of the many letters he wrote to his son in the 1740s, Lord Chesterfield offered the following advice: “There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” To Chesterfield, singular focus was not merely a practical way to structure one’s time; it was a mark of intelligence. “This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.”

In modern times, hurry, bustle, and agitation have become a regular way of life for many people — so much so that we have embraced a word to describe our efforts to respond to the many pressing demands on our time: multitasking. Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now shorthand for the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible, as quickly as possible, preferably marshalling the power of as many technologies as possible.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, one sensed a kind of exuberance about the possibilities of multitasking. Advertisements for new electronic gadgets — particularly the first generation of handheld digital devices — celebrated the notion of using technology to accomplish several things at once. The word multitasking began appearing in the “skills” sections of résumés, as office workers restyled themselves as high-tech, high-performing team players. “We have always multitasked — inability to walk and chew gum is a time-honored cause for derision — but never so intensely or self-consciously as now,” James Gleick wrote in his 1999 book Faster. “We are multitasking connoisseurs — experts in crowding, pressing, packing, and overlapping distinct activities in our all-too-finite moments.” An article in the New York Times Magazine in 2001 asked, “Who can remember life before multitasking? These days we all do it.” The article offered advice on “How to Multitask” with suggestions about giving your brain’s “multitasking hot spot” an appropriate workout.

But more recently, challenges to the ethos of multitasking have begun to emerge. Numerous studies have shown the sometimes-fatal danger of using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, for example, and several states have now made that particular form of multitasking illegal. In the business world, where concerns about time-management are perennial, warnings about workplace distractions spawned by a multitasking culture are on the rise. In 2005, the BBC reported on a research study, funded by Hewlett-Packard and conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London, that found, “Workers distracted by e-mail and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.” The psychologist who led the study called this new “infomania” a serious threat to workplace productivity. One of the Harvard Business Review’s “Breakthrough Ideas” for 2007 was Linda Stone’s notion of “continuous partial attention,” which might be understood as a subspecies of multitasking: using mobile computing power and the Internet, we are “constantly scanning for opportunities and staying on top of contacts, events, and activities in an effort to miss nothing.” Full article

See also a Stanford Study on the same subject

 

Scott Nagy of SDSU on Leadership Development

South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott NagyStephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will be discussing the concept of leadership development in a world of “get mine first.” Subjects covered will include how do you break down the walls created by athletes who are just interested in getting theirs and how to be a great follower that can develop into a great leader.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Bio Information on Coach Nagy:

Scott Nagy returns for his 20th season at South Dakota State after guiding the Jackrabbits to three straight postseason appearances, which includes back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013, and a bid to the College Basketball Invitational in 2014. He also led the Jacks to eight NCAA Tournaments at the Division II level.

The most prolific coach in school history, Nagy seems to hit a personal or team milestone every season, with the latest being the program’s 1,400th win on March 1, 2014 against South Dakota in the final game of the 2013-14 regular season.

Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use Ipads

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By Adan Salazar, Infowars

A recent New York Times article exemplified how technological and billionaire elites live by different standards than they prescribe to the American populace.

A piece entitled “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent,” discusses how the late Apple CEO refused to allow his children to play with one of the company’s most popular devices, the Ipad.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.

Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.

Unfortunately, The Times didn’t press Jobs for a more in-depth explanation on why he restricted his kids’ use of a device that’s now played with by millions of children throughout the world, but the fact that various elites have followed in the tech guru’s steps suggests there is a double standard between how they raise their children, and how they believe lower and middle class American parents should.

The double standard is clear when one considers the actions of billionaires, such as former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, whose foundation has invested millions of dollars pushing the Common Core curriculum onto public schools, but who opts to send his own children to private academies where the Common Core standard is not taught.

Another New York Times article from 2011 also revealed that some charter schools where elites send their children prohibit computer monitors, a stark contrast to the flood of computers we’ve seen fill public schools over the past few decades. Compete article

Stephen McCarthy and the “Leap of Faith”

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Stephen at the top of the pole ready for the leap of faith.

I, Stephen McCarthy, took a “Leap of Faith.” I have had a fear of jumping off buildings, bridges, even escalators for a long time. Today I conquered that fear and actually jumped of a pole 35 feet in the air today to hit a ball 10 ft away.

After contemplating for about 5 minutes on the perch, I made the decision to jump.  Then an additional 3 minutes making sure it was the right decision, I put it to rest.  I jumped.  After a safe ride down, assessing all my body parts and a mental checkup, I had survived in one piece.

Thank you to all the guys and girls from TeamQuest.

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Stephen’s “Leap of Faith”

 

Brennan Platt of BYU on Moral Victories and Game Theory

brennan_platBrennan Platt of BYU recently co-published an article titled, “Sticking With What (Barely) Worked: A Test of Outcome Bias.”  The interesting part is Dr. Brennan Platt is an economics professor at BYU.  With all the recent movies around “Money Ball”, game theory and scientific management of sport, Brennan will be joining Stephen to talk about his findings, the trends, the limitations, and ultimately, how do you use the study to create a better decisions.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project Blog Talk Radio.

Bio Information:
Brennan C. Platt is an Associate Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University.  He received his B.S. degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Arizona State University in 2001, graduating Summa Cum Laude and from the Honors College.  He then earned his M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2006) in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and has worked at BYU since then.  He researches the theory of price formation.  One current strand of his research investigates the determination of prices in search environments, including how these are distorted by insurance.  Another strand analyzes several unique all-pay auctions, such as penny auctions and political rent seeking. Full Bio

Training (Retraining) the Mind with Jason Colvin of TeamQuest

jason_colvinToo many athletes have the athleticism to play at an elite level, but they do not. But why?

Jason Colvin of TeamQuest joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to talk about creativity, individuality, and how a team can be developed towards not just doing what athletes are told by the coach, but living in the moment and completing the task that is needed at that moment based on what the athlete knows and sees. Other areas covered include: Finding connectivity through people, why you should not force your agenda on players and the parent, how to develop deep coach and player relationships. To listen to the complete interview, click here.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio. Or for more information on our custom performance building events, click here.

Bio Information:

Jason is all about the outdoors, experiential learning and environmental awareness. He has been guiding individuals through outdoor leadership adventure trips, challenge courses and environmental education for five years. He earned Association of Challenge Course Technology Certification (ACCT) after training in high ropes facilitation and course management. He has a B.A. in fine arts and spent two years as a studio artist before breaking through to the world of outdoor learning and adventure. Click here for more on Jason Colvin and TeamQuest .

Daniel Coyle, Author of The Talent Code

Daniel Coyle on what it takes to compete at a high level

daniel_coyleNatural talent does not always win.  Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, talked about the ways work and understanding win out, rather than potential.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Bio Information:

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Talent, The Talent Code, Lance Armstrong’s War, and Hardball: A Season in Projects.  A contributing editor for Outside Magazine, he is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist.  Coyle lives in Cleveland, Ohio during the school year and in Homer, Alaska, during the summer with his wife Jen, and their four children. Full bio

BMX Pro Mike Aitken on Creativity

mike_aitkenStephen was joined by BMX Pro Mike Aitken.  Mike has a deep love for the sport of bmx and a creativity that is unbelievable. He has truly paid the price with serious injury and a long rehab to return the to the sport. He talks about his experiences, his love of the sport and the lost concept of creativity.

For the complete interview, visit here.

To connect with Mike, visit twitter

Insanity in Athlete Development

One of the great myths of success in life and sport is “That if you work harder and longer, the work will produce the results” or “if you work harder than the other person and give up on a balanced, healthy life, that you will make it.”

Add the following quote:

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”  – Ellen Goodman

I challenge all athletes and parents..  What is the “real reality” that we are teaching in sport based on this myth and the quote from Ellen?

The thought of working harder could be changed to the following:

“If everyone is going this direction, I can take a different direction to the same end point by working smarter than everyone else..”

The trick is.. Does anyone have a different path?

Check out these pages and our philosophy… You will find a million different paths to every goal of obtaining elite performance in life and sport.

Staff Biographies

Stephen McCarthy, BES, CFT, Director of The McCarthy Project, Stephen McCarthy, BES, CFT, Director of The McCarthy Project, Stephen has researched and developed innovative, outdoor education programs, nutritional strategies for elite performance and skills training techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His corporate and individual clients have accomplished their goals of a higher standard of health and wellness. His athletes have received college scholarships and played professionally, as well as, won state championships and national championships. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official,  a certified USAV Beach Impact/ Beach CAP I volleyball coach, as well as, a certified personal trainer holding a degree in Liberal Studies from St. Cloud State University.

Dr. Josh Sandell, D.C., DACBSP, A.T.C., C.S.C.S., Director of Spine and Sports Institute and Orthology, He attended undergraduate school at University of Minnesota Duluth and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Biology. He is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and earned his diplomate in Sports Medicine from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician (DACBSP) He has pioneered innovative treatment methods that rapidly resolve injuries, restore function, and improve performance. He has built a highly successful practice around solving the medical needs of his clients. He was selected as the official USA chiropractor at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He currently serves as a sports medicine advisor to some of the country’s foremost sports training facilities, clinics, NFL agencies, and health care organizations. His list of clients includes NFL, MLB, NHL and Olympic athletes from around the country and the world.

cal_dietz_actionCal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz’s return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men’s Hockey from 2000-present, Men’s’ Basketball from 2004-2010, Women’s Hockey from 2003-present, Men’s Golf from 2000-present, Women’s Golf from 2006-present Men’s Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.

Detox Your Environment

By Stephen McCarthy

The following short youtube clip is from Dr. Edward Group on the importance of detoxing your environment.

Areas covered include:

1.  Add plants to your living space.

2.  Use a air purification system.

3.  Clean out or throw away toxic cleaning supplies.

4.  Use Himalayan salt and aroma therapy to detox air.

Education and Training… Natural Method Defined

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

dovestones-104912_640Over the last years, I have been asked numerous times. Define your philosophy of teaching and training for elite performance.

I landed on the concept of natural means and methods of education and training, but what does that really mean?

Ultimately, the natural method of education and training is the use of nature and the laws of nature through our observations and our senses to find the truth on performance and develop the use of our talents, on an individual basis.

The funny thing about the natural method is that it is not new, the concept goes back to the Greeks, up through John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau to Johan Guts Muths, the father of physical education.  During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, scientific means and methods attempted to replace the laws of nature as the form of information and observation.  While I agree that science and scientific management can be applied to life, they are not the “end all, be all” solution to developing talent.

Here are a couple quotes on the thought of the natural methods and the use of the laws of nature:

In general, Locke advocated..”plenty of open air, exercise and sleep…” John Locke, Some Thoughts on Education, 1693, pg. 24.

“Comenius and Locke, prior to Rousseau, had proclaimed an education according to nature when they urged that children become familiar with their natural environment by using their senses for observation and that teaching should proceed in accordance with natural laws of child development.  Rousseau accepted and expanded upon his predecessors’ viewpoints.  Both Comenius’ and Lockes’ aims of education subjected the child to authority– Comenius to the will of the Bible, Locke to the demands of society.  Rousseau, however, desired to free the child from every bondage, permitting a completely natural development of his individual personality”  Bennett, A World History of Physical Education, 1953, pg 183.

“Life is the trade I would teach him.  When he leaves me, I grant you, he will neither a magistrate, a soldier, nor a priest, he will be a man,” John Jacques Rousseau, Emile on Education, 1762, pg. 9.

“Observe nature and follow the route which she traces for you,” John Jacques Rousseau, Emile on Education, 1762, pg. 13.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” 19th Psalm of David

“In the natural method, the most important rule is, in forming an idea of an object, to employ all the senses completely on it,” Johan Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg. 404.

Additional Resources:

1. Mastery of Self and Your Surroundings with Erwan Lecorre

2. Research shows outdoors improves bodies response to training

3. Natural movement training is whole body training