Training History

I’ve always had a passion for fitness and sport and through this passion I have tried numerous training methods (crossfit, kettlebells, yoga, power lifting, olympic lifting, TRX, track & field, etc.) and all of which were great, but there were always a small percentage of clients that just didn’t respond well (or even negatively) to the supposed exercises and progressions that I was educated on.  It was extremely frustrating for me when I was not provide an answer or solution for someone when they walked in my door.  

In 2013, I was introduced to brain based fitness and started to learn how the brain is master and commander of every bodily function you have and that when brain function improves, everything that it controls starts to improve as well.

Running into plateaus, training with pain or not making any progressions towards your goals can be very frustrating.  I was training with a nagging shoulder problem that would just linger and would not go away no matter how much I stretched it, strengthening it, rolled it, banded it, massaged it, physio’d it, acupunctured it, etc. It wasn’t until I learned how to do high quality joint movements that my pain finally went away.  My clients and myself continue to benefit greatly with brain based fitness.  It has given me the confidence and knowledge on how to make anyone --with a brain-- better.

Training Philosophy

Your health & fitness is a lifelong journey. No matter how good you are at something, there is always room to improve. My goal is to make you better at whatever it is you want to be good at.

More is not better.  Harder is not better.  Better is better.  

I strongly believe in practicing with perfection because you will learn that you body adapts to EVERYTHING you do. If you practice inefficient movement, you will be really good at inefficient movement.

Practice does not make perfect... Perfect practice makes perfect!

I want you to understand and feel the benefit of each and every drill you do. A lot of the times you will see an immediate change in performance! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your brain adapts to something it likes.

Our bodies are completely integrated systems that are all interdependent.  All of it is controlled by your nervous system, so you have to train the whole body to be mobile and coordinated. Your nervous system controls everything about you including, but not limited to your posture, how you perceive pain, how much you can lift, how elastic your muscles are, your breath, how well you can see, etc.  

Question(s):

So I should focus on the brain when training?  How does this actually work? What do I do? Just think harder? Meditate?

Answer:

There are 3 main governors of your nervous system:

  1. Visual System

  2. Vestibular System

  3. Proprioceptive System

These systems are mainly in place to keep you alive, but when trained properly, you will start to rewire your brain for performance!

Your brain is wired for survival and NOT performance.

Vision (Visual System)

Many people think of perfect vision as 20/20.  You might hear something like “I have 20/20, my vision is perfect” which is derived from that Snellen chart you see at the optometrists or your doctor’s office.  Well, I have news for you; 20/20 is normal acuity at 20 feet away looking at something that is NOT MOVING while you are STANDING STILL. This visual acuity is just one aspect or skill that you have that can be improved! There are other visual skills that can be trained like your ability to track a moving target, being able to switch focus between multiple targets and even expanding your peripheral awareness!  All of those skills are vital to human function and performance, but are not assessed with the Snellen chart.  Supplementing your current exercise routine with the appropriate visual training will not only improve your vision, but you will start to notice how it directly relates to better performance in sport and life.

Balance (Vestibular System)

Most people think of balance training with wobble boards and other unstable surfaces.  They certainly have their place, but your balance is much more than being able to stand on an unstable surface.  Improving balance effectively requires precise coordination (of your body and eyes) and activation of neural signals.

A lack of proper balance training, head traumas, ear infections, etc. can lead to inefficiencies in movement (think wasted resources to keep you level), pain, poor posture, sense of dizziness, vertigo, headaches.  If you have any of these symptoms, you know how it affects your quality of life and you owe it to yourself to stop applying the band-aid fixes and resolve the problem at the source.

Movement (Proprioceptive System)

Through specific quality joint movements, you will learn which areas you need improvement in and how lack of control in any joint can lead to problems anywhere in the body.  Every joint matters! Learn how to restore quality movement in all of your joints in and you will start to notice dramatic results in your performance.

Every joint in every range of motion!

Once you understand that your brain is wired for survival and learn how to improve your proprioception, vestibular and visual systems, you will start to take the “brakes” off of your nervous system and reach new levels of performance.

I look forward to working with you!

Train With Sean

To learn more about what Sean can offer, reach him via email at sean@neurodrills.com or by phone at 780-235-7326.