I’d like to share with you my thoughts of the new book by Kelly Starrett, Becoming a Supple Leopard.
The original supple leopard challenge: Mobility WOD youtube daily videos for MORE THAN A YEAR was a hell of a resource. But a pretty daunting resource, because of the sheer volume of stuff available. If you entered into the anti douchebag posture youtube tunnel you might get stuck watching an hour of pain faces…while, ironically, sitting.
Well…the book solves that predicament by placing everything into easy to use body part sections. Which will make your tissue work more targeted, and get you going into the workout faster. The layout is quite nice, easily read, and doesn’t include too many up short shots. I would suggest the following: pick one or two of the drills in the book, try it, then move on with the workout. Don’t try to fix your entire body in one day….it didn’t get wonky in one day.
As a bonus, which I didn’t really expect: was the large amount of info that covers Kelly’s thoughts on torque, positioning, and generally creating better movement through organization of the body. I’ve been to a couple of his workshops and heard him at Perform Better, so I was familiar with the material already-for those of you who aren’t, it’s an excellent read.
There are gonna be people who will say that the methods aren’t proven, or maybe aren’t safe. Well, I can’t argue with that too much. There probably aren’t peer reviewed studies of “hulk smashing” tspine….and there are definitely knuckledheads out there who will drive a truck over someone’s thigh to ‘affect change’. But…doing what we can while avoiding the ‘pain face’ is probably gonna be ok!
I’ve had some smashing success with a number of the options presented in the book. I do X, I move more freely, then I train in that ‘better’ ROM. This makes sense to me as a good thing.
I particularly like the silly language and encouragement of fun throughout the material. It makes is more accessible.
Which leads me to something awesomely fun….
I have had the pleasure of teaching a friend, Geoffrey Hemmingway, a couple times now: at Mark Fisher Fitness in NYC, and taking him through a KB Athletics certification in west hollywood. Geoffrey’s bio: Mark Fisher Fitness Ninja, Dan John’s brother-in-law, Harski certified, Kettlebell Badass in training. Geoffrey is apparently a Big Lebowski genius, and has shared with me an amazing piece of work: (if you haven’t seen lebowski…shame on you)
48 kg–Jackie Treehorn. He’ll knock your ass out. Hell of a Caucasian Jackie.
40 kg–The Big Lebowski. He rolls around, abusing everyone. Not even Walter can hold him for long.
32Kg–The Walter. Ultimate badass. You are entering a world of pain, but he’ll get you a toe Dude, he’ll get you a toe by three o’clock this afternoon, with polish. Not for fucking amateurs, unless you want to see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass.
28Kg–The Stranger. I like your style Dude. But be warned, If you’re tossing this around, you might find yourself using a lot a’cuss words.
24 Kg–THE DUDE!!! The 24 Kg is the Dude because it is the test bell, and the Dude is tested so much. He’s the man for his time and place. Pair him with the Walter (32k) for an amazing Loaded Carry. I call it the handoff. Bring your dirty undies. The whites. The ringer cannot look empty. Dude’s car will get a little banged up.
20 Kg–Donny. Donny is the guy that gets tossed around and then eventually lost while we try to get to the Dude. We kind of take him for granted, but we need him. He is the Walrus. He’s throwing rocks tonight. You’re dead in the water.
16kg–The Jesus. Fucking Quintana. Creep can roll man. Great for beginner single arm pressing, just like the Jesus’ opening move during the Spanish Hotel California.
12kg–The Maude. Where the ladies want to be. Delicate, yet strong. Tangle with her, and see what condition your condition is in. Use her with the Dude for a double loaded windmill, or what I call, “coitus” or “Jeffery, love me.”
10kg–The Bunny. Easy to Snatch. She probably kidnapped herself. I’ll just go find a cash machine.
8kg–Smokey!! Mark it eight Dude. These are for pacifists, for the fragile, the very fragile.
6kg–The Brandt. This is our concern Dude. Can be viewed as unnecessary, but under-rated.