Training the Awareness Machine

December 4, 2015 – 10:46 am
One of the pedagogical models taught to me in Russia by the KGB training officer influenced a great deal of my sports psychology in fighting. Managing anxiety is one of the most crucial components of champions, and must be interwoven into the mental and emotional component within the  physical nuts and bolts of training. NATURAL ABILITIES In competition, you rely on your innate tendencies and idiosyncratic abilities, not just on your  technique. To hone your skills, your actions must be an extension of your natural capabilities. My approach assess and reassess individuals to strengthen the stability of their natural tendencies, and strengthen the functional opposite of those tendencies. Although that may sound like a purely physical approach, it builds the neural net of the body-mind. Conditioning is just a very convincing chemical trick to compel the mind to believe that you can achieve your goal ...

My Free Shoulder Reset Course

November 18, 2015 – 10:57 am to get yours now for free. To truly understand why shoulder mobility prevents neck and lower back injuries, we must zoom out to an biological appreciation for your design: how the human is optimized for function. Both your head and your hands were intended to be a floating platform to communicate effectively and proficiently interact with tools and your environment. Your entire body, every muscle, bone and fascial fiber conspire to this elaborate tactical end. When your shoulders are tight and restricted in range of motion, they’re unable to contribute to the dampening effect of ground reaction forces and momentum through gravity. A 2009 Study by Pontzer, Holloway, Raichlen and Lieberman discovered that upper-body contra-lateral motion dissipates through your gait's arm swing. Your shoulder mobility allows the counter-movement to act as a damper to the rotational forces of your movement. Lacking that arm swing increases head instability (in particular, through pitch ...

Speed Hides Need

November 18, 2015 – 10:56 am
Speed hides need. Nothing is as easy as it looks, when it's done quickly; nor as difficult as it feels, when it's done slowly. If you can't perform it slowly enough, you haven't developed it well enough. Slow makes smooth; smooth makes fast. Let speed come from skill, not as a substitute for it. - Scott Sonnon #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Speed Hides Need";a2a_linkurl="";

The Core was Designed for Anti-Rotation

November 16, 2015 – 1:10 pm
Ever wondered why some think abs are attractive? Anthropological research suggests that the stronger your abdominals appear, the more you're able to effectively communicate and proficiently use tools. Your lower body resists the bending of your teetering upper body, so your head can remain "silent" to the horizon, and so that your hands can remain free of the movement "noise." Your sacrum, like a floating arrowhead suspended in a hammock between your ilia, draws the two sides of your pelvis together for your upper body buoyancy, aiding in the dampening effect of your propulsion. This shock-absorbing design allows your head and hands to remain an unaffected observer. Both lower-body Absorber (the all-terrain vehicle) and upper-body Observer (the passenger riding "shotgun") work together through the resistance of your core, the most sophisticated anti-gravitational design ever created. Your core wasn't designed to attract mates. Any attraction it holds, relates to this tactical function of quieting the ...

November 16, 2015 – 1:09 pm
Most exercise programs are wrong or bad. You might get the results they promise, but taught and programmed as they are, they cause you to fail, quit or get hurt. Most programs are based upon obsolete ideas of human movement so embedded in common thought, that even those who move well can’t teach why they do. They move well in spite of incorrect explanations, not because of them; which is why they can only duplicate their success in 14% of their students: the 14% who also move well in spite of wrong or bad exercise. I will show you how to get the results you want, but not for the reasons you've been taught. If you don’t learn the truths of human optimization (or at least, follow a program founded upon them), you’ll probably remain among the 86% of those who are either dissatisfied with their results, or completely in disbelief that you ...

You’re Probably Hurt or Weak or Both

November 16, 2015 – 1:08 pm
You’re probably hurt, weak or both. Your injuries happen when you get forced into rotation you’re not strong enough to resist. Because you have only exercised in linear directions - heaving up and down, surging front and back, swaying left and right - when you are thrust into rotation, your unprepared tissues rupture. Injury is only the last to arrive, though. Most of the aches and pains that you feel are alarms sounded by your nervous system to the vulnerability of your body to dangerous rotation. That is the worst news. The less-catastrophic news is that because you’re not training to resist rotation, you’re hemorrhaging massive amounts of power. You’re weak because your body was designed as a series of helical spirals to coil and spring elastically. Linear movements may seem strong in isolated, short-range movements, but as soon as you must perform in a dynamic world or face a crisis of collision, ...

The Value of Loyalty

November 16, 2015 – 1:06 pm
The most undervalued virtue in recent history has become loyalty. Mindless obedience can be manipulated by tyranny. Yet, without loyalty to an honorable cause, no strength of character can grow. Your development can be that worthy cause, for as you grow, we all benefit. Dedicate yourself to that which will place you in incrementally more uncomfortable situations, so that you may grow into a better, stronger person. #TACFIT #511Tactical #ScottSonnon a2a_linkname="The Value of Loyalty";a2a_linkurl="";

The Solution to Knee Pain

November 16, 2015 – 1:06 pm
Knee strain is one of the top three injuries. An average academy class has a 31% injury rate and of those, 65% are running related. With a SIMPLE FIX, classes have become 100% injury free! Trainers assign knee "strengthening" as a remedy. But the knee isn't weak (it's a joint, not a muscle). It is often being forced to supply mobility because the hips and ankles are not. Your body adds knee motion, but since it was designed to be stable, your nervous system sends your warning signals of the vulnerability to injury (and if you ignore the signals, becomes injured.) Walking or running, you transfer weight laterally as you step, partly due to your ankle mobility to roll inward toward each other. When the foot pronates, the ankle rolls in with it, which in turn helps rotate the lower leg, knee and thigh toward the midline of the body. Your ankle mobility ...

Don’t Retire Early from this Job

November 16, 2015 – 1:05 pm
Taking care of your body is the one job from which you don't want an early retirement. Don't save yourself for something later. One day, sooner than we will have wished, later won't come. So, spend yourself daily. You can't turn back the clock but you can wind it up again. #ScottSonnon #TACFIT #511Tactical a2a_linkname="Don't Retire Early from this Job";a2a_linkurl="";

Honoring my Forefathers

November 16, 2015 – 1:04 pm
A boy can only see history in the snapshot of his half-lifetime. A man, as a father, has his vision soberly expanded to see the long road behind and before him. When I discovered that my great, great grandfather, the first Sonnon to immigrate to this country, and my own father, both volunteered for the 107th Army Infantry, I became aware of, what author Christopher Moore described as, "the long legacy of loyalty and patriotism." From the Civil War to the Korean War, my forefathers raised their hands to walk into harm's way for a Great Idea... Having circled the globe and visited many cultures long enough to understand the similarities and the differences, I understand why my family chose the American Way, and why it is the Best Nation in the World for me, and for my children. My fathers bequeathed to me a heavy legacy of Ideals. The first Sonnon in ...