AAP 007: Max Bookman on “Vertical Core” Training, and the Demise of the Traditional Back Squat?

AAP 007: Max Bookman on “Vertical Core” Training, and the Demise of the Traditional Back Squat?

Max Bookman, owner of Max Training in central north Austin was a former University of Texas Diver,  Texas State Champion in cross country mountain biking, and is now climbing the ranks in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, winning Pan Am’s just 6 months after he started in the sport. He also happens to be one of the most talented and educated personal trainers in Austin and we cover some eye opening research on how a little-known style of squats may be far superior and safer than the traditional back squat. We also look at a different, and some say “more functional,” approach to Core training.


 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How his own training in multiple sports has shaped his coaching and personal training
  • Why his clients’ needs drive his business model
  • How he personalizes training schedules for his athletes while maintaining high expectations for their sessions
  • How he utilizes vertical core training and the Bulgarian squat to get his athletes maximum results with minimal risk to their spines
  • Why he prefers to teach rear leg elevated squats instead of back squats
  • His tips to develop consistent, healthy habits

Resources:

Mike Boyle’s books: Advances in Functional Training: Techniques for Coaches, Personal Trainers, and Athletes and New Functional Training for Sports

DeForest and Cantrell study: Muscle Activity in Single Vs Double Leg Squats

MAX Training

 

AAP 006: The Integrative Medicine Approach to Optimizing Your Health and Wellbeing – Interview with Dr Julie Reardon

AAP 006: The Integrative Medicine Approach to Optimizing Your Health and Wellbeing – Interview with Dr Julie Reardon

Julie Reardon on integrative medicine approachesDr Julie Reardon, a Harvard-educated physician specializing in integrative medicine, shares how examining the entire person in a holistic way can give a more complete picture of how to obtain optimal health and wellness.

After spending years working in the “production model” of healthcare, Dr Reardon shifted to practicing “integrative” medicine, which allows her to look at many factors of health to develop comprehensive treatment plans that address diet, exercise, genetics, and many other potential causes of disease and disorders.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr Reardon’s education and history in the medical field that lead her to choose a different path and open an integrative medicine practice.
  • The difference between “functional” medicine and “integrative” medicine
  • How integrative medicine is evolving and how that evolution can benefit you as a patient
  • Why first appointments with Dr Reardon are lengthy, and her approach to initial evaluations are often called “narrative” medicine
  • The most common issues she treats in her practice and how those syndromes are often interrelated with other common health issues
  • How she incorporates traditional medical testing in her treatment plans, as well as the less-common tests she utilizes
  • MTHFR gene testing and how methylation affects multiple processes in the body
  • Why consulting “Dr Google” can be dangerous
  • Dr Reardon’s LIVE IT philosophy
  • How “leaky gut” can lead to auto-immune or inflammatory issues, and how you can test for it
  • Gluten and casein sensitivities, the proteins involved, and the gut biome: How they all interact and how many factors can actually influence those sensitivities
  • Actionable tips and steps that Dr Reardon suggests patients try
  • Supplements (and/or dietary changes) that Dr Reardon has seen benefit many of her patients
  • The importance of meditation to the healing process
  • The 4-7-8 breathing pattern to decrease stress levels and improve a sense of wellbeing.

Resources

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