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The Puppeteer

There’s intuitively deep connections between athletes and those that allow them to perform – physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, chiropractors etc. You work together as one unit to achieve the same goal – perform at the highest level possible.

With CoreVYO there’s a unique opportunity to further that connection – allowing each player to be an integral part of the athletic process in a hands-on capacity that’s rarely seen before.

So hands on in fact that the original working name of CoreVYO was actually Core Puppet…why you ask? Well as the one holding the bands you have the unique ability to challenge a movement or to assist and help the athlete accomplish the movement – you’re actively part of the training, moving and adjusting the athlete’s movement. You pull the strings, just like a puppeteer.

This all stems back from the work that Dr. Rick Celebrini and Steve Nash were doing on the court. Celebrini wanted to have a contiguous connection between himself and Steve – specifically on his core, however running around the basketball court with his hands on Steve’s hips wasn’t all that practical. Through much trial and error with varying bands and belts, the CoreVYO was created. A tool that allowed Celebrini to manipulate Steve, challenging his core and positioning in a way neither of them had experienced.

As the puppeteer, you quickly learn what stimulus to apply, how much, and when – taxing the athlete to the point where it’s just below the threshold of them breaking quality of their movement. It should be a progressive challenge, one that allows for constant feedback and connection between the trainer and athlete. Allowing to feel for where strengths and deficiencies may lie, and ultimately for two people to develop strategies – together, in real time.

Even when training alone, you can always be your own puppeteer. When attached to a fixed surface, you have the ability to create a feedback loop by changing the angles of your stance, moving closer or further away from the anchor point. Always listening to your body and the demand that is being created through your work. You will quickly learn what you can achieve and progress to move.

So go ahead, pull the strings and challenge yourself and your athletes in all three planes. They’ll thank you with their performance.