Article by guest contributer, Sean Pastuch
I have always heard of athletes talking about their remote coach, like the man behind the curtain or a mythical creature there is this seemingly wise person out there writing programming that turns average people into savages. When I started digging deeper into what kind of work is being programmed for athletes, I noticed that there is really nothing revolutionary out there. The best coaches are keeping it simple; couplets for the engine, high volume for the strength and nervous system, and plenty of skill work to bring up the rear. I also noticed that something was missing for these athletes, specifically programmed recovery and bio-mechanical work.
The human body is not unlike a car. You can turbo charge it and it will respond with increased performance, but it still needs the basics maintained with strict regularity. There was a hole in the programming and frankly for many athletes, for most athletes, there still is. How many athletes deal with having back pain when they do wall balls and cleans? How many athletes deal with shoulder pain and apprehension when doing snatches and pull ups? The answer is too many! I knew this was a void my partner and I could fill for athletes. Breaking down the way people move not just in quantity but quality and balance is something that we specialize in. It is the activity and the skill we are best at. So we decided to start having after it. In the beginning it was the two of us treating each other like crash test dummies. We always try things before programming them for others. It took us a while to nail down the right stimulus volume but once we did we ran with it and we haven’t looked back since.
Our patients get anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour per day full of activities to help them move better, feel better and perform better. We base our programming on the equipment the patient has available, the time they have available, and the performance indications from the on-boarding program we send to all patients. When people register with us the first thing that happens is they receive a thorough questionnaire and evaluation procedure to fill out and follow. We review video and pre-programming data with each client and write our programming to reflect their weaknesses and deficiencies. Whether it is mobility work the person needs or balancing of strength production for muscles that cross the same joint complexes, everyone’s program is unique and no two are the same. This is why is became so difficult for us to work from spreadsheets.
There is almost nothing more fulfilling than having a measurable impact on a person’s life for the better. It is the high that comes from an unsolicited testimonial email, phone call, or text from a patient that keeps my partner and me writing accessory programming. When we first ventured into the idea of helping people from a far it was romantic. We could help everyone. Why not? We quickly found ourselves in spreadsheet hell wondering what we got ourselves into and wishing there was a better way to communicate with our patients.
When we stumbled on TrueCoach from a timely post in an affiliate owner’s group on Facebook we decided we should give it a shot and see if it could help us. Not only did the site immediately make our practice infinitely more scalable, but it made it pleasurable to communicate with our athletes and it made us excited to grow our base. Working with spreadsheets we really only had the confidence to take on about seven or eight patients each. Working with TrueCoach, we are confident that fifty patients is an easily manageable population without losing any value to the end user. We also have seen an increased perceived value; our patients get to feel the professionalism through the screen.
We recently began coaching other coaches and doctors on how to work through our programming model with their athletes and are about to launch a gym certification program to be implemented during the elements program with athletes so coaches can better screen likely injury candidates. People don’t get hurt doing CrossFit, they realize they are hurt when they do CrossFit because they work at volumes they never attempted before. We are extremely excited for the future of Performance Care with the help of TrueCoach. We look forward to helping thousands of athletes.
About the Author
Sean Pastuch – Chiropractor / Fitness Coach
“It is important to me that my patients have the opportunity to express their fitness. I take great pride in my ability to treat injuries and chronic pain effectively. There is nothing better than the smile on a patient’s face when they experience the relief they were craving.”
Dr. Sean has extensive experience as a Chiropractor and as a Fitness Coach. His unique approach to Chiropractic care that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction as well as spinal malalignment allows him to produce the most immediate and sustainable results possible.
Professional athletes and recreational athletes alike often consult with and receive treatment from Dr. Sean for their ailments to get back on the field or in the gym. He is also well practiced in treating patients with little or no athletic background who live an active lifestyle.
Dr Sean has provided trainer education programs for Equinox Fitness Clubs, New York Sports Clubs, The Fitness Education Institute, and The Personal Training Institute. He also coaches classes at CrossFit King of Island Park.