Tony Budding’s newest hypothetical client is a big, strong guy with brutal technique and ROM, especially on body-weight exercises. He ignores all your attempts to improve his movement but one day he sees the light and books a one-on-one session. How do you get him to move better? Compare your opinion with those of Justin Bergh, Pat Sherwood and Matt Swift.
Sammy is 6’4”, 255 lb. and 38 years old. He played two years of Division 2 collegiate football back in the day. He’s been part of your CrossFit gym for just over four months. Before that, he was a member of the town’s largest Globo Gym for 15 years. His routine was a wide variety of standard weight training four days a week.
Sammy is strong but has decades of bad habits, and he’s pretty committed to them. He never argues with you, but getting him to move properly through a full range of motion is a major challenge. He’s not openly defiant at all, but your cues just don’t make much difference in how he moves.
He hates body-weight workouts. He doesn’t mind running, but he keeps the same pace whether it’s 200 meters or 5K, first round or fifth. You’ve tried several techniques to get him to push harder in the runs. He just laughs and keeps on going.
His workouts so far this week:
Monday—Grace (as Rx’d). Time: 2:53
Tuesday—5 rounds of:
15 deadlifts (185 lb.), run 400 m. Time: 15:10
Thursday—The workout was Murph, so Sammy started to leave. As a compromise, you prescribed a “Running Cindy”: Run 400 m, 5 rounds of Cindy, run 400 m, 5 rounds of Cindy, run 400 m. Time: 28min (because you made him repeat so many reps due to partial range of motion)
Friday—Max push jerk. Load: 285 lb. (sort of)
Sammy doesn’t push jerk. They’re all push presses. His shoulder flexibility is so bad that he even finishes the presses way too far in front.
On Saturday morning, he calls you and says he finally gets it. He needs to move better, and he wants to pay for a one-on-one later that day. It’s on. What do you do with your session?
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