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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

 MFC2,My Favorite Combo Circuits..YOU DO NOT want to miss this!! Our innovation in motion!!

are so pervasive in fitness/combat training/
sports performance/muscle toning/sports injury management
that we will
show you how original our techniques are.
'NO WAY' you say? Just wait.............

LADIES CHOICE..Our female clients often tell us their fave training technique. So we will share with you what they are so 
you can implement them in your training program!

BARBELL COMBOS...We have some challenging barbell combinations that are great for augmenting a 'stale' program. Wait till you see what we do with a barbell and a box!...

SHOWING OFF...we will have a montage of videos of our original class REPSSM AND BREATHTAKERZSM
(We promise this will not be 'Crossfit or boot camp copy cat!)

 It is no secret that my favorite clients to train are kids. They possess untapped potential and I love the challenge of creating a budding All-American! I have trained many professional and Olympic caliber athletes. But to take a kid who is always picked last, or always being cut from his favorite sport, and instill a confidence they did not know existed and combine that with new and improved coordination skill sets is what makes this the best job a guy like me could have! We like winners especially those who deserve it; With that being said, read my 'guidelines' to ensure your child isn't the kid getting picked last!!

I have assessed, treated and managed many sport related orthopedic injury. There is a population of athlete that deserves mentioning. The pre- adolescent  and adolescent athlete.

There are many parents that enroll their kids in summer sports camp. Often these camps schedule hour upon hour of sports drills. Camps like these are important to sharpen skill development and improve motor reactions. Unfortunately, because of the frequency and intensity of the camp format, injuries happen. Typically the injuries are seen by an athletic trainer with minimal experience in adolescent injuries. They are vastly different than adult injuries.  

Before you send your son or daughter off to one of these camps, I would recommend the following:
  1. Sign up your kid to attend a sports performance training facility a month before a camp starts. This will ensure the trainer can detect injury pre-dispositions, and train the athlete so the risk of injury is reduced and your kid[s] will enjoy the camp experience .
  2. Check performance. Just because you send your kids to camp doesn't  mean they will improve. I think that is why they attend so many! However, you should see significant improvement in performance when they return so be sure they are competing with others during the summer to engram their skills.
  3. More is not better. I know its hard to grasp, but they ARE kids. In my experience, no matter HOW skilled the young athlete they would like a break to go to a slumber party, camp out, etc without thinking about going to practice at 9am! Anybody who knows me will say "Skip thinks kids are soft today". And they would be right, however, I am a father with a unique perspective on what the 'training grind' can do to young budding talent. It is OK to let the kids play!!
  4. Eating. Good luck. There is no guarantee that your kids are going to eat Subways when they are away. Teach them quick and tasty alternatives. The logic in this case is that if the kids are going to being playing all day, then they will burn it off. True. But those habits come home when the activity is not so frequent!!!  Go to a cool web site called NUTRITIOUS DISH WITH KYLE. Contact them for advice on a sports performance eating plan for your son or daughter. Its affordable and you will learn a lot yourself about healthy eating for an active lifestyle!
Body Specs offers sports performance training for kids from 8 years of age. So whether you hire us or someone else be sure they have the qualifications and experience working with common adolescent sports injuries. There are common pre-dispositions in every sport and your trainer should know them and how to prevent and manage them. 

We offer our popular BREATHTAKERZ sports performance camp for 5th to 12th graders. We will announcing our camps in the coming months so stayed tuned!!

This is a classic post that was written a few years ago by my manager Edie, who is an accompolished triathlete/runner/manager! IT addresses a problem that confronts ALL athletes....


You've just finished your biggest race of the season. The race that you spent countless hours of planning, training and sacrificing to do your best. Elated at crossing the finish line, friends and family celebrate with you and your accomplishment. The day was everything you thought it would be. Now several days later you have this odd feeling in the pit of your stomach. Thoughts run through your head "what do I do now"? When you were training for your race, your life had a clear and defined purpose. All of the hoopla, planning and training is over and you now have this "lost" feeling. Believe me, you are not alone with this feeling. Most endurance athletes experience this feeling called Post Race Depression (PRD).

Now that you know what you are feeling, lets discuss what you can do to deal with these feelings. They are normal and the first step is to accept them. By acknowledging these feelings it will help them to pass more quickly. If you try to suppress these feeling and jump back into training too quickly it may affect your performance physically as well as mentally. You need to listen to your body and mind regarding these feelings. Allow this break from the high intense training you've been putting yourself through. While you are experiencing these feelings you may think that they'll never go away, however keep in mind that they can last three weeks or more. If they are lasting longer, please contact a professional.

After accepting your feelings, the second thing to do is...all of those things you weren't able to do while you were training. Make plans to get together with friends, a date with your significant other or family. Just relax by reading, getting a massage, take yoga, some extra rest, eat healthy and enjoy not having a goal.

By taking this break, it will help you to stay balanced and get you mentally and physically ready to prepare for the next race. This break will not only help you to say grounded but also help to keep your family members sane from your crazy training schedule.

Enjoy the break, you deserve it!

Monday, September 26, 2011






Wednesday, September 14, 2011

                                            BSI Redux, redux..
In my first blog I failed to mention my staff. Edie, Mark, Joan, Randy, and Kyle, bring a 'flavor' you just won't find at any other training facility. I know, because being an educational provider for ACE, NASM and NSCA, you meet a lot of people that are committed to their craft. However, I can say over the past 24 years I have yet to meet anyone that is as innovative as my team; they 'bring it strong' e-v-e-r-y single time 24/7/365!!

Welcome to our blog. Please take some time to peruse and feel free to contact us with questions or comment. To our current clients who have witnessed the new look evolve we hope we made you proud!s [keep it purposeful!].

My mission with this blog is to educate and inform. I will cover topics ranging from sports injury prevention, food, sports performance and just about anything that is related to helping you be a better human...from a healthy perspective! Our staff is diverse and possess at minimum Bachelors degrees in the allied health field and at most Masters degrees in sports injury management and exercise science.

I am continuing education provider for ACE, NASM, USAT and NSCA. I have over 24 years of experience in the teaching and lecturing on the topic of sports performance and sports injury prevention management. I just published my first training manual and DVD for runners entitled.:RETURN TO EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE: THE RUNNER.
We are NOT a PT clinic, but we are the alternative when traditional PT methods 'plateau'. Our background in sports orthopedic injury also provides methods for a successful return to sport.

What makes our training facility uniquely qualified to provide not only the finest training programs anywhere [voted top 100 trainers by Mens Journal 2 years in a row] but it allows us to design innovative injury prevention programs, discuss post and pre-surgical situations how to best rehab them and of course, what we are known for, is our original training environments and original class formats. We dare you to find a class, 'boot camp or otherwise, that has the intensity and originality we bring! We double dog dare ya!!...Our Saturday class is an absolute 'Beast'!! [WARNING: this class is not recommended for beginners]

Finally, I look forward to serving you in the future. Check back frequently to see whats new with BSI and in the training world. Thank you for your time!



Monday, September 12, 2011


A long time ago , I was asked this question "I have been working out for a while and I am not getting sore anymore. What can I do to get that soreness?"I responded 'Soreness is a side effect, not an objective.' His training was boring and he had simply platueaed so I suggested a few training ideas. Two weeks later I saw him again and he said he was really sore and wanted to know how to get rid of the soreness! 

Training soreness is simply minor muscle damage at the microscopic level. If you were to look at a muscle fiber after an intense training session you would see strands of fiber that look like frayed rope. The muscle, of course, heals and during the healing process that takes approximately 48 hours; you wake up with a mild soreness like you've been through a MMA bout! Well, maybe not that severe, but you get the idea. We call this DOMS: delayed onset of muscle soreness. Is DOMS an objective? No! it is a side effect of training. When you introduce a 'new' stress into your training program, expect it. 

The remedy for this is to take a 'chilly' shower to reduce the inflammation that occurs from training. I know this doesn't sound inviting but it is effective. Another approach is a massage to loosen the scaring that occurs from the muscle damage. The scaring takes place during the repair process and causes that stiffness you feel as you try to regain functional normalcy! I highly recommend you get back to training at a mild to moderate intensity when you have DOMS to encourage mobility. This 'stretches' the muscle and reduces the DOMS symptoms. The recovery process should only take a day or two at the most then you can return to your normal training intensity.