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May 19, 2011

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Pose Method creator Dr. Nicholas Romanov and his son sit down with Sevan Matossian to discuss force and how it relates to Pose, a method of teaching sport-specific techniques.

“When we’re talking about force, it’s really incorrect terminology and incorrect meaning as well, because what we do … appears as a force. It’s a byproduct of our interaction,” Dr. Romanov says. “So we are just transferring movement from one body, material body, to another.”

To connect his ideas with CrossFit, Dr. Romanov says power is a derivative between the interactions of our body with the Earth and the barbell, and those interactions begin with Pose. Instead of thinking about moving the barbell, think about moving yourself relative to the barbell, he says.

According to Dr. Romanov, this realization changes everything.

“Suddenly, you need much less muscular effort to do the same thing … you’ve done before, and movement becomes much lighter and much more effortless,” he says.

12min 30sec

Additional reading: The Basics of Pose Running Techniques by Brian MacKenzie, published Dec. 1, 2007.

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7 Comments on “Pose Method: Force Is a Consequence of Interaction”


wrote …

So... I get it, but how would you apply this lesson to the deadlift?


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Man, Dr. Romanov is incredibly smart. He also does a great job of speaking, especially when English isn't his primary language.

Keep the POSE stuff coming. As a high school track coach, I have found his videos (along with Mike Collins and Brian Mackenzie's) essential in teaching our athletes learn to run faster, more efficiantly, and safer. Me and the other coach use all of Dr. Romanov's techniques and drills to help them (and ourselves)


Alex Kourkoumelis wrote …

I could be wrong, but I assume that if you're doing deadlifts then you're probably already there. Watch someone pick something heavy off the floor that doesn't know how to deadlift- that would be a deviation.


replied to comment from Troy Becker

What comes to my mind is Mark Rippetoe's explanation of proper deadlift form. Every bit of it is about removing "moment" as much as possible. He explains how the bar is not going to move upward until it is directly below the scapulae. He talks about how the distribution of force is only balanced if the bar is over the middle of your foot. This, to me, seems like minimizing deviation and thus minimizing muscular effort (because you aren't compensating for any extraneous forces; just gravity).


wrote …

For other reading in this regard, check out "Laban Movement Analysis" concerning the work done by Rudolph Laban in the early 1900's. Also, swimmers and coaches have considered these aspects for a long time. The resistive forces of water constantly need to be overcome, and because they are more severe than the forces experienced from gravity when just walking around, the body is immediately aware, and the brain conscious, of them and the need to overcome them. The overcoming is all technique in the case of swimming, streamlining, drag, lift, Bernoulli's Principal, etc. but we often talk about "feel" in swimming. We would say that particular swimmer has a great "feel" for the water, which means the swimmer understands the resistive forces and manages them in a way that looks effortless, and results in efficient propulsive efforts. Gravity takes a much more watchful eye because it is not as readily apparent to our senses as water. We have to develop a more acute awareness, "feel" for gravity.

PS Bernoulli's Principal, I believe, would be one of those natural forces Romanov talks about that the athlete can take advantage of to create ease of motion, in this case, while in water.


wrote …

Absolutely love when Romanov follows Glassman, or vice versa. Just a few posts ago Glassman talked about how to quantify "health" as the area under the curve of Power v. Time v. Longevity; after which, I asked myself what dictates or supports longevity. Having been fortunate enough to hear Romanov lecture in person, I naturally arrived at skill/technique. Then - how to quantify best technique... my thought, Power v. Time v. Effort/Energy Expenditure-1 (greater the area under curve - better the technique). Next, what are variables that could manipulate technique; and, gratuitous force!... aka, gravity and muscle elasticity. All of this "stuff" supports Michael's synopsis of Rip's deadlift lecture... adequately loading soft tissue in a balanced system to provide muscular recoil that lifts the bar as opposed to muscular contraction. So, with great technique that utilized gratuitous forces - THE BAR HELPS LIFT ITSELF!?!?!?!?!?!


wrote …

This is beautiful! It's a part of the answer to the search of our True Self - The Harmony.

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