StrongFirst – Our core philosophy at StrongFirst, "the school of strength": Strength is a skill. Strength also has a higher purpose. StrongFirst is a school of strength focused on the three core mediums of the kettlebell, bodyweight and the barbell. People who work with us are not “clients” but rather “students.” Students of strength. Although mostly known for the popularization of the kettlebell in the US by Pavel Tsatsouline more than twenty years ago, the teachings of StrongFirst apply to so much more. We simply have found that the kettlebell is perhaps the most effective way to teach fundamental lessons of strength in a way that transfers across many domains. Earning the SFG Level I kettlebell certification is a life changing event for many, and that includes myself.
Titleist Performance Institute – the leaders in golf fitness, yet so much more than golf. A core tenet of TPI is “there are millions of different ways to swing the golf club, but the most efficient was is based on what your body is physically capable of doing.” Sport or activity specific movement is based on what our body can do at a fundamental level. If you can’t turn your trunk 90 degrees on its own, you won’t be able to do it when making a golf swing.
Appreciating this reality shifts our focus away from forcing people into certain positions and postures based on what we think looks right and instead helping harmonize technique with physical abilities. This is a dynamic process and it begins with the understanding the “body-swing connection.” How you swing is dictated by how your body moves. We can apply this fundamental concept across any sport or activity by assessing whether the body has the underlying physical capability to perform the technical skill that is being asked of it.
Allan Phillips, PT, DPT is owner of Ventana Physiotherapy