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Lessons from my Dad

Today is my dad’s 59th birthday, which means Father’s Day in my family isn’t over just yet.

My Dad is a man of immense wisdom and knowledge, but like many “old school” dads, he’s also a man of few words. In his own special way, though, he has still been able to pass his wisdom and knowledge on to my brother and I.

Dad

So this year I felt the best way to honor him during “his” week was by sharing with you my “Top 4 Bob Burgess Lessons.” With a love for the game of Trivial Pursuit and the well deserved nickname of Mr. Brittanica, my dad apparently knows a lot of stuff about stuff, and dropping some knowledge about the game of life is right up his alley.

Lesson 1: Do what you love…
For my entire life my dad has been involved in the construction industry. While his title has changed a few times throughout the years, you can tell very quickly within a few minutes of meeting him that he has a passion for all phases of construction. “Status” or “Title” are secondary- he simply loves what he does.

We only get one go at life. And no matter how much you want to ignore it, “work” is going to make up a large chunk of that life. So why spend all that time doing something that doesn’t bring you joy?

Lesson 2: …but don’t forget to work your ass off
No matter how idealistic my brother and I got, my Dad was always quick to remind us to keep a foot grounded in reality. He taught us first hand that there are plenty of days where work is definitely less than fun, and plenty of tasks/obligations that aren’t enjoyable… BUT if you’re willing to push through those days and, you know, actually do work, then the rewards are well worth the effort.

This is an incredibly important lesson. The concept that pursuing your passion means “you won’t have to work a day in your life” is complete BS. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work, ingenuity, and persistence to see your dreams to fruition.

I’ve seen a lack of willingness to work ruin the potential of plenty of athletes, trainers, and coaches. Getting where you want to in this world is going to take a ridiculous amount of effort, and you can never afford to forget that.

Lesson 3: Be Yourself
My dad is unapologetically who he is. He knows that he’s not going to please everyone, or make everyone happy, and that’s just fine with him. He’s loyal and loving to his family and friends, but he never tries to be something he isn’t.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in this world is trying to be something you
aren’t. Work at being the best version of yourself, not a second rate version of somebody else.

Lesson 4: Never Stop Learning
Despite all the support I could ever ask for, athletics were of secondary importance in our house. Our education was extremely important to my dad, but the cool thing is that this wasn’t just limited to school. We were encouraged to read, explore, and learn as much as possible outside of the classroom too.

This wasn’t something he just expected of my brother and I either. He carried the torch himself. My dad always seemed to be learning something new, even going so far as happily playing tour guide whenever we traveled, somehow teaching us the history of places he’d never even been to before.

Intelligence isn’t something you’re born with. You gather and cultivate it over time. And education isn’t something meant to be confined to the hours and years we spend in school. You can always learn something, and you can always grow, no matter who you think you are or what you think your limitations are. I truly hope that I learn something new on my last day on this earth, and that’s a lesson that I can directly attribute to my father.

Thanks for everything Dad, I love you!

P.S. In honor of Father’s Day and my Dad’s 59th birthday, Coach King and I are offering a 48 hour special on our interactive youth football training program. Launched in December of last year, “Pigskin Prep: The Definitive Youth Football Training Program” is redefining how young athletes prepare for sports and positively changing the lives of kids around the country.

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Through Thursday 6/19 Pigskin Prep will only be $59, marked down from it’s normal price of $119. That’s over 50% off the normal program price, so be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts!

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June 17th

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The Summer Camp Conundrum

Summer is often a very hectic time for young athletes and their coaches. With camps, training, and tournaments, it can be very challenging to navigate the summer break. I addressed these challenges as well as sharing 5 tips to get the most out of your summer time training.

The Summer Camp Conundrum
Summer Camp

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June 12th

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No GHR, No Problem

While I think it’s awesome that the good ole glutes have finally gotten some recognition in recent years, we can’t neglect our all important hamstrings. The hammy’s play an instrumental role in the healthy and optimal function of our body, specifically the two joints the muscle crosses: the knee and the hip.

Hammy Love

Technically speaking, your hamstrings are a muscle GROUP consisting of three muscles (for those keeping score at home, those 3 muscles are the Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus, and Semimebranosus). While each one serves its own special function, they are considered a group because they are designed to work together. Looking specifically at athletic function, the hamstrings:

   1.) Primarily control lower leg swing in sprinting with an eccentric contraction.

   2.) Assist the glutes in hip extension in sprinting, jumping, and lifting with a    concentric contraction.

   3.) Counteract shear force on the knee, limiting exposure to ACL injuries. Since we’re talking about athletic populations (note: this includes you, weekend warriors), we also need to step outside of the sagittal plane. Hamstrings play a huge role in deceleration/acceleration in the frontal and transverse plane, especially when talking about diffusing stress on the ligaments/tendons of the knee. For a more visual description of what I’m talking about, just picture shuffling one direction then turning back 90 degrees and sprinting to where you started, like a suicide in basketball, or for you football fans, think of the changes of direction in the “Pro Shuttle” at the NFL Scouting Combine. This type of movement puts incredible demand on the hamstrings, but unfortunately it’s something a lot of people tend to forget.


Strong hamstrings lead to explosive change of direction

Now that we have identified hamstring function, how can we improve it? First step is getting them STRONG. Given all their jobs listed above, hamstrings need to be able to receive, transfer, and produce incredible amounts of force. High demand = high responsibility. As Jim Wendler once said, “there’s no such thing as being quad dominant; people are hamstring weak.” Traditional barbell exercises such as sumo stance deadlifts and stiff leg deadlifts are great options for building strong hamstrings, but these are both predominately hip dominant moves. It is for this reason that the Glute Ham Raise/Glute Ham Developer has long been a fan favorite of strength coaches and strength athletes, as it requires a much greater degree of knee flexion while simultaneously requiring hip extension. Despite how awesome these machines are, there’s only one problem: you typically only find GHR’s in college/professional athletic facilities and powerlifting gyms. What can you do if you don’t have access to one?

In addition to the deadlift variations mentioned above, you can hit the hamstrings with a simple pair of sliding furniture movers and get some brutally effective work done that will definitely improve hammy strength and function. Check out the video below featuring a 3 exercise progression using a pair of these sliders; this is a progression that any athlete can at least start today. Remember we want to build from the ground up, so for this progression we’re going to focus saggital plane and eccentric control first, then build from there. In a few weeks I’ll be doing a follow up on this with more advanced movements, so stay tuned. In the mean time, stop whining about not having the right equipment and go drop $10 at a hardware store to start getting stronger today.

Live Full and Die Empty

“The problem for most people isn’t that they set
their goals too high and miss…
it’s that they set them too low, and hit.”
– Les Brown –

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May 23rd

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Pigskin Prep is Here

Youth football is about as American as apple pie.  Baseball may be our country’s pastime, but football is our country’s passion.

While injuries have always been a part of the game, they have taken on a more intense focus in the last few years.  Things have gotten so serious that the enrollment numbers for the sport at the youth level are beginning to decline.

Instead of complaining about the state of football, myself and one of my co-workers decided to take action.  We created a detailed and in-depth training program targeted specifically to parents and coaches of youth football athletes.  Instead of just throwing up your arms and saying “it’s just too risky”, we wanted to let you know that there is another option: Preparation.

To learn more about the Pigskin Prep Youth Football Training Program,
click here!

Youth Football Gang Tackle

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May 1st

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