How To Develop Physical Intelligence w/Mike Salemi | Ep. 005
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🏋️‍♂️ Kettlebell Master Mike Salemi suggests the best training modalities to optimize your quality of movement, gain physical intelligence and achieve better performance, such as in obstacle course racing (OCR).

Coach Salemi also reveals how the active exploration of movement can stimulate your self-discovery process.

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Performance specialist Mike Salemi discusses how the underlying theme in his personal and professional development became the exploration of movement. Coach Salemi, whose kettlebell workouts have been featured on Muscle & Fitness, states that such exploration allowed a simultaneous discovery of himself.

What motivated the 2017 WAKSC Kettlebell Sport World Champion to practice niched sports – such as gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell or olympic weightlifting – was their stimulating communities. It’s the stimulating people in each activity which made these disciplines engaging, personally enhancing and functionally formative.

On the constant lookout for new challenges, Mike Salemi remembers the steep adaptation he had to go through when he progressed from strength-based weightlifting to kettlebells. The latter modality, he found out, required more endurance and mobility.

Kettlebell Master of Sport Mike Salemi is adamant about mastering qualitative movement. For that reason, he enjoys working with technique-savvy athletes such as martial artists, who understand the process and the investment required to master movement. It took, in fact, 8 years for Coach Salemi to obtain his KB Master of Sport rank.

Persevering through setbacks, Mike Salemi – whose expertise was featured on Wellness Force – learned the value of constant skills refinement. He also quickly understood the fondamental importance of technique in physical performance. Coach Salemi’s observations resulted in the creation of his own “Master of the Kettlebell” training program, which focuses on movement mastery.

According to coach Mike Salemi, playfulness is key in a lasting active lifestyle. In fact, qualitative movement allows us to rekindle with the pleasure of active play, the same we experienced in childhood. Consequently, he professes that building a good, technically-sound base is the element from which physical accomplishments arise.

💡 3 best training modalities to achieve (crush) your goals.

1️⃣ | Sensei says: Kettlebell (of course)

Passionately, Mike Salemi suggests that kettlebells form a simplistic, approachable training modality which enables a focus on strength development. The core stabilisation and shoulder work solicited by a good KB workout enhances ballistic movement. Per example, OCR racers use those skills to perform such obstacles as flipping a heavy fire or carrying an Atlas ball in a Spartan Race.

2️⃣ | Sensei says: Bulgarian Bag

Listening to Coach Salemi, I learn that the U-Shaped Bulgarian Bag is an excellent tool to build grip strength. Grip is an essential skill in obstacle sports like OCR (obstacle course racing) and Ninja Warrior types of events. Workouts with the Bulgarian Bag can be surprisingly intense without, without the need to be heavy. The Bag is also optimal for the development of power in all planes of movement.

3️⃣ | Sensei says: Bands

Rubber bands are the ultimate portable modality according to Mike Salemi. Fanny pack or not (I might insist on the “not”), bands can easily be carried around and are highly versatile. This simple and affordable modality facilitates performing good, creative and satisfying workouts on the go. Bands are also highly relevant in improving joint stability and mobility.

What are your favorite training modalities and why ? Let me know in the comments ! ⬇️

Osu ! - Sensei Pascal 🥋🙏

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🎙️ WHO AM I ?

I’m Sensei Pascal, former radio personality on XM Satellite Radio, passionate martial artist, relentless entrepreneur, enthusiastic adventurer, inspired essayist (Oxford Brookes University), motivated fitness coach, aspiring comedian and insatiable student of the human experience.

Master of Kenpo Karate, WKC World Championships silver medallist and survivor of multiple extreme endurance races, I dedicate myself to the betterment of others. My humble vocation is to support and guide people on their path to self realization.

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