A Conversation with Brett Jones

Brett Jones and I are doing an event with StrongFirst called Foundational Strength, where we’ll be working with the FMS and a lot of the FMS Level 2 information but geared toward the StrongFirst community. Recently Brett and I spent a few minutes talking about some of the concepts behind our plan for the teaching weekend.

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And here’s the transcript if you’d rather read the discussion.

For more information on the event, click on the Foundational Strength tab at the StrongFirst Events page, here.

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Episode Thirty-Eight:

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Important things to think about in breathing

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No moving parts? What the heck does that mean?

Episode Thirty-Six:

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What’s Gray talking about when he says functional dysfunction?

Episode Thirty-Five:

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Here Gray discusses Exploring Functional Movement with Erwan Le Corre

Episode Thirty-Three:

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What’s the thinking behind the Key Functional Exercises lecture?

Episode Thirty-Two:

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Play, Practice or Train—what’s the difference and which should we be doing when?

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Episode Twenty-Six:

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Stability training has been a popular training method in recent years, but are we thinking about it correctly? Is motor control a better concept?

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The benefits of barefoot training are many, but some of the results are conflicting. Why train barefoot—and when is it best not to?

Episode Twenty-Three:

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What does Gray mean when he says, “If you can’t touch your toes, don’t deadlift”?
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Episode Twenty-Two:

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What do you do when someone can’t perform a test due to a physical limitation?

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Here Gray describes the “Three Rs” concept of fitness and rehabilitation

Episode Twenty:

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Today Gray talks about his Perform Better Pre-Conference Workshop. The full transcript is also available here.

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