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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.

  • Experimentation & Improvement

    When Steve Nash started working with Rick Celebrini, he was already an NBA All-Star in Dallas. One of their major working points was to help get Steve’s left side to fire so he could get square to the hoop. He was suffering from spondylolisthesis which affected the way his muscles were firing, ultimately leading to the (small) gap in his game.

    Steve and Rick repeatedly did exercises to help get his left side around and square to the hoop, no matter what direction he was coming from. The goal was for Steve to be able to go left or right to shoot/pass/dribble with equal skill – it becomes a tough thing to scout when you know he can score, pass or dribble just as effectively going any direction…

    This was the original purpose of CoreVYO: to rehabilitate athletes with pelvic and spinal conditions. This has shifted and grown over time to support uses well beyond rehabilitation. The harness has opened up a whole new approach to training comparatively healthy individuals and athletes. The important thing is that it’s about constant experimentation around using different stimuli to garner various responses from our athletes.

    In the game we can’t predict where and when a stimulus will arrive; we are able to do the same thing with CoreVYO. These unpredictable demands reinforce the athlete’s correct muscle sequencing and muscle recruitment through the core.

    The experimentation that Rick and Steve did to constantly adjust and experiment with the created stimulus is ultimately where the benefits lie. Because CoreVYO is a system built on a culture of collaboration and experimentation between athletes and trainers. It’s a platform that allows two people to develop strategies – together, in real time – to build strength, target weak or dysfunctional parts of the body, and perform effectively at a higher level.

    We demonstrate many drills that you can do in our Video Library – whether you’re at the gym, on the court/ice/field. What we’re most excited about us seeing what you come back to us with. We look forward to seeing the different drills, exercises and applications you do in your experimentation.

    For a little inspiration watch Steve taking the old fashioned burpees up a notch!

  • From Isolation to Coordination

    When Rick Celebrini got his start, he was working with many NHL players. In those days rehab was all about the table, rebuilding the injured body through isolation exercises. Therapists would say: You absolutely cannot get this guy moving until you have the transversus firing correctly – he has to do his dead bug perfectly.

    But sports is no different from real life, in the sense that both involve coordinated movements. As soon as people leave the physio clinic, they’re out there picking up their kids, lifting groceries out of the car, etc. Shouldn’t rehab look similar? Shouldn’t it also be dynamic?

    A critical realization was made: we had to get from isolation to coordination. The approach Rick focused on was a proximal to distal movement strategy – in other words, moving from the middle outward. The key for him was being able to initiate movement from the core. He found when athletes maintained this movement strategy it could increase muscle activity and often decrease pain.

    For many athletes this movement strategy is the opposite of what they are taught growing up. A great example of this is in basketball. When we’re young and doing defensive slide drills, players are taught to reach for a spot with their lead leg. They reach for a spot and have the rest of their body follow. This distal to proximal movement strategy is common, but it’s less powerful and puts athletes in a vulnerable position if they need to quickly change direction again.

    Being able to re-teach and perfect these movement strategies is an important element at CoreVYO. You’ll see this in our Foundations Movements; at their base level these exercises are all about moving effectively and building following solid principles that translate to more dynamic movement.

    Check out our Foundations Videos to see these strategies in action.