As you may remember, my last blog talked about my expectations and excitement for the Reflexive Performance Reset™ (RPR™) seminar being held at The Spot Athletics in Columbus, OH. I was looking forward to this seminar for personal and professional reasons. First, I’m familiar with the challenge of getting a muscle to fire in a specific pattern to accomplish a movement. This issue plagues me on a clinical and personal level in my training. The ability to correct this lack of activation opens doors to a lot of performance possibilites for the athlete.
The second reason is the recognition that it has gotten so far with those that have utilized it. As RPR is fairly new, it is not utilized as much as other methods. This is fine, as I don’t consider a method legitimized by broad popularity but rather WHO utilizes it or is at the forefront of promoting it. RPR’s methodology gained popularity in the strength community lately, specifically from individuals whose opinions are well respected. These two reasons alone made me especially excited for the Reflexive Performance Reset seminar. I will save any of my results and treatments that I have done since returning from this seminar for a more in depth article. I want to focus this blog on just the seminar experience, how it was run, and its applications to performance enhancement.
First of all, I cannot say enough about the environment for this seminar. The attendees and instructors in attendance all shared an important common denominator. All attendees were intelligent individuals across various roles in the strength and performance community who recognized the implications of this method, and the blatant need for a way to effectively and properly repattern and FIX the faulty movements and compensations that we see each and every day in the athletic population. Passion for helping others perform, impatience with the failures of more common and popular methods of treatment and activation, and a willingness to learn and absorb new information. These would be my best descriptors of those in attendance. No one was there to punch the clock, take long lunch, get their CEUs and jet out. Everyone was there to learn, ask questions, and add a new skill to their trade in order to help others. This was every bit of a “networking” experience as it was a learning experience. Whenever you have so many successful and intelligent individuals in room at once, the last thing you do is turn into an introvert. The chance to learn and grow is always there, and there was plenty of both between sessions, at lunch, and after the day finished. From talking training, business, philosophy, values, or troubles shooting cases, the interactions that I was able to have during this trip alone was worth the price of admission.
The seminar instruction flowed well. Effective application of Reflexive Performance Reset comes from two different days. The goal of day one is to get hands on experience and give, the attendees, the tools needed to effectively apply its methodology. The pace is appropriate and gives tons of time for hands on learning for each test and activation, along with time to ask questions as well.
Day two focuses on the diagnosis and application of the tools learned. Chris, Cal, and J.L. did this very well, and this made for one of the most engaging seminars I have ever been to. This can’t be stressed enough, as seminars can be more of a follow the leader tune and don’t allow for involved learning. The ability to be able to work through scenarios and be have a game plan to hit the ground running after the seminar individually allows for inevitable problems to be troubleshooted once you are on your own. That takes more than just learning a couple tests and soft tissue techniques. It takes quality instruction and an understanding of WHY and HOW.
Finally, the application of RPR was mostly presented in the second day. This was an important day, and likely the most vital part of the seminar. In its essence, Reflexive Performance Reset applies for a wide population. In reality, RPR suits athletes and those who rely completely on performance to be at their best. I say this because there is a lot of trust, discomfort, and time that must be put into getting the body to operate in its proper and natural state. Lay people tend to resist these areas even if they know the outcome of something else will yield lesser results. Usually a driven athlete prioritizes results over themselves or the prospect of short term sacrifice. On top of that, almost every attendee’s target market, client, or patient is an athlete who is performance driven. For these reasons, the applications best point to this performance driven athlete demographic. The intriguing thing about RPR is that it’s a growth phase as a methodology. This potential along with the amount of intelligent and primarily type A personalities learning the technique, mean a lot of potential for growth and expansion. This makes for an exciting future for Reflexive Performance Reset.