OPTI ARTICLE OF THE MONTH

Posted: July 12, 2014 in General

Why We Train Barefoot

By Dana Varela, OPTI Performance Enhancement Specialist

Have you ever gone through a spooky house at Halloween in pitch, black darkness? Using your sense of touch to find your way through every unknown bend and surprising turn? I bet you trusted your hands to feel and find that safe path, protecting your blinded movement forward, right? The brain relies on this proprioceptive information our hands provide. Well, our feet are no different. The brain equally imparts feedback from our feet to allow our bodies to move through space safely.

Our skin is covered with over 600,000 sensory receptors that feed our brain with the information we need to know like where we are in space, if we are cold, if we are in danger, or what just plain feels good. These nerve endings provide our brain with knowledge of what our body is or should be doing consciously and unconsciously. Your feet touch the ground first. Messages are sent to the brain, then the central nervous system, then to muscle fibers in your legs, hips, trunk and all the way up your body to make efficient movements happen. So what happens when this first source of sensing environmental information is covered?   TO CONTINUE READING

Please join us on June 28th for The Female Fitness Formula workshop!

Whether you are a beginner or an avid gym-goer who isn’t getting results, this workshop is for you. Here, you will gain the knowledge and tools to become a more confident, healthy and stronger version of yourself!

Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $147
Location: Optimum Performance Training Institute
9130-F Red Branch Rd
Columbia, Md

For more details or to sign up click here or send us an email at info@optimum-performance-training.com

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StrongFirst Bodyweight Course

Posted: March 15, 2014 in Nutrition

Please join us on April 19th as we host the StrongFirst Bodyweight Course!

StrongFirst ​Bodyweight ​Courses ​teach ​how ​to ​get ​a ​powerlifting-quality ​workout ​anywhere, ​anytime, ​using ​one’s ​bodyweight ​as ​resistance. ​More ​importantly, ​they ​distill ​the ​principles ​of ​StrongFirst ​and ​reverse-engineer ​the ​body ​language ​of ​the ​strong. ​These ​principles ​have ​a ​great ​range ​of ​applications ​towards ​lifting ​various ​implements ​and ​generating ​force ​in ​athletic ​skills.

The ​curriculum ​was ​developed ​by ​Pavel ​Tsatsouline. ​The ​Courses ​are ​taught ​by ​select ​members ​of ​the ​StrongFirst ​instructor ​cadre.

Learn:
​■State-of-the-art ​abdominal ​exercises.
​■Beginner ​to ​advanced ​progressions ​for ​the ​“bodyweight ​powerlifts”: ​the ​one-arm ​pushup, ​the ​pistol, ​and ​the ​tactical ​pull-up.
​■The ​principles ​of ​an ​effective ​bodyweight ​strength ​program ​design, ​refined ​and ​condensed ​from ​the ​Russian ​methodology.
​■Most ​importantly, ​take ​a ​big ​step ​towards ​body ​mastery ​by ​reverse-engineering ​the ​body ​language ​of ​elite ​gymnasts.

When: April 19th, 2014, 9am – 5pm
Where: Optimum Performance Training Institute, Columbia, MD
Who: Karen Smith, Master Instructor and Joe Sansalone, Team Leader
Cost: $299

For more information and to sign up, please visit StrongFirst.com”
Questions? Email info@optimum-performance-training.com

StrongFirst KB Course at OPTI

Posted: February 12, 2013 in General

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StrongFirst Kettlebell Course
DATE:  Saturday, MAY 11th
TIME:  8:30a-6p
COST:  $299
INSTRUCTORS
Phil Scarito, Senior SFG
Joe Sansalone, Level-2 SFG
INFORMATION
To Register: S1 KB Course Sign Up
More Info:  S1 KB Course 

Part 1 of 4:

Here I go over the fundamental alignment and positioning needed to develop optimal Kettlebell Swing technique.

Part 2 of 4:

This video covers how to turn proper positioning and alignment into the optimal movement sequencing and mechanics of the Kettlebell Swing.

Part 3 of 4:

Christine Norris and I go over a few key mistakes we see in the execution of the Kettlebell Swing and some drills and cues to correct the problems.

Part 4 of 4:

How to reduce injury potential at the start and finish of the Kettlebell Swing.

presents:

INTRODUCTION TO KETTLEBELL TRAINING WORKSHOP

Interested in learning about kettlebell training?

Optimum Performance Training Institute will be hosting an Introduction to Kettlebell Training Workshop on Saturday, October 6th at 10:30am. This free 90 minute workshop will cover the fundamentals and basics of kettlebell training.

All fitness and experience levels are welcome.

All workshop attendees will receive a 10% discount on OPTI’s Introductory Group Kettlebell Training Program plus a 10% discount on the first month of Group Kettlebell Training Classes

Instructors:

  • Joe Sansalone
  • Christine Norris

Information:

  • Where:  OPTI, 9130-F Red Branch Road.  Columbia, MD 21045.
  • When:  Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Time:  10:30am-12:00pm
  • Cost:  Free
  • Register:  Contact Christine Norris at info@optimum-performance-training.com

FINAL WORKSHOPS AT OPTI (2012)

Posted: July 6, 2012 in General

 

2012 OPTI CONTINUING EDUCATION SEMINAR SERIES

 

REMAINING CEU TOPICS FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT AND INJURY REDUCTION IN 2012

1.  Power Development,  A Mixed Method Approach:

  • Power: Different types and how to train for each
  • Strength:  The highest priority quality
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Kettlebell Power Training (Swing, Snatch, Complexes and Chains)
  • Rotational Power and Rotational Movement Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, July 21-22

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-5:30p, Sunday 9a-5p

Cost:  $179

CEU’s:  1.2 (12 contact hours)

Instructor: Joe Sansalone 

2.  Olympic Weightlifting for Performance Enhancement & Athletic Development:

  • Determining factors to introduce Olympic Weightlifting
  • Athletic and Performance benefits of Olympic Weightlifting
  • Clean and Power Clean progressions and regressions
  • Snatch and Power Snatch Progressions and regressions
  • Jerk Progressions and regressions

When:  Saturday, August 18

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-6:30p

Cost:   $129

Instructor: Joe Sansalone 


3.  Linear & Multi-Directional Speed Training for Athletic Development:

  • Plyometric Training
  • Agility Training
  • Acceleration Mechanics
  • Acceleration Development Drills
  • Sled Training
  • Absolute Speed Mechanics
  • Absolute Speed Development Drills
  • Lateral Movement Mechanics
  • Lateral Movement Development Drills
  • Change of Direction Mechanics
  • Change of Direction Development Drills
  • Combination Speed Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14

Time:  Saturday 11a-5p, Sunday 9a-3p

Cost:  $149

Instructor: Joe Sansalone

 

  EMAIL JOE SANSALONE AT jsansalone3@aol.com for more details or to register for any seminar.  


Nutrition Seminar

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Nutrition

presents:

MODERN DAY NUTRTIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

Topics Covered include:

  • Effective Nutrition for Fat Loss
  • Effective Nutrition for Improving Health Biomarkers
  • New Developments Concerning Sugars and Grains
  • New Developments Concerning Food Quality and Health
  • Various Meal Examples for Fat Loss and Improved Health
  • Understanding Intermittent Fasting Principles and Benefits
  • Various Fasting Lifestyle Examples

 

Instructors:

  • Cara Zaller, CNC, MBA, OPTI Director of Nutritional Services
  • Neghar Fonooni, ACE-CPT, RKC-II, CK-FMS, OPTI General Manager

 

Information:

  • Where:  OPTI, 9130-F Red Branch Road.  Columbia, MD 21045.
  • When:  Saturday, June 23rd
  • Time:  10:30a-1:30p
  • Cost:  $78
  • Register:  Contact Joe Sansalone at jsansalone3@aol.com for the link.

OPTI 2012 CEU Seminar Series

Posted: January 10, 2012 in General

2012 OPTI CONTINUING EDUCATION SEMINAR SERIES

 

REMAINING CEU TOPICS FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT AND INJURY REDUCTION IN 2012

1.  Endurance Sports,  Effective training methods for performance enhancement and injury reduction:

  • Injury reduction strategies
  • performance enhancement program design
  • fat loss and fitness enhancement and endurance sports
  • Misconceptions and misinformation about fat loss, fitness and endurance sports
  • Understanding recovery and regeneration
  • Understanding how to peak and taper

When:  Thursday, June 7th 

Time:  6p-8p

Cost: $35

2.  Modern Day Nutritional Developments:  Understanding Paleo and Fasting Concepts:

  • Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism made simple
  • Understanding Grains and how they affect the body
  • How to eat “clean”
  • How to shop for food
  • Dispelling misinformation, old dogma and misconceptions
  • Understanding Fasting and how to utilize it effectively
  • How to lose body fat simply and safely

When:  Saturday, June 23rd

Time:  10:30a-1:30p

Cost: $75

3.  Power Development,  A Mixed Method Approach:

  • Power: Different types and how to train for each
  • Strength:  The highest priority quality
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Kettlebell Power Training (Swing, Snatch, Complexes and Chains)
  • Rotational Power and Rotational Movement Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, July 14-15

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-5:30p, Sunday 9a-5p

Cost:  $179

CEU’s:  1.2 (12 contact hours)

4.  Olympic Weightlifting for Performance Enhancement & Athletic Development:

  • Determining factors to introduce Olympic Weightlifting
  • Athletic and Performance benefits of Olympic Weightlifting
  • Clean and Power Clean progressions and regressions
  • Snatch and Power Snatch Progressions and regressions
  • Jerk Progressions and regressions

When:  Saturday & Sunday, August 18-19

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-5:30p, Sunday 9a-4p

Cost:   $179

CEU:  1.2 (12 contact hours)


5.  Linear & Multi-Directional Speed Training for Athletic Development:

  • Plyometric Training
  • Agility Training
  • Acceleration Mechanics
  • Acceleration Development Drills
  • Sled Training
  • Absolute Speed Mechanics
  • Absolute Speed Development Drills
  • Lateral Movement Mechanics
  • Lateral Movement Development Drills
  • Change of Direction Mechanics
  • Change of Direction Development Drills
  • Combination Speed Training

When:  Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14

Time:  Saturday 10:30a-5:30p, Sunday 9a-4p

Cost:  $179

CEU:  1.2 (12 contact hours)

 

  EMAIL JOE SANSALONE AT jsansalone3@aol.com for more details or to register for any seminar.