I wanted to let you know that my good friend (and coach) Ido Portal will be at NorCal Strength & Conditioning April 30-May 1 (Please note the Date change from the original post). Here is a description of the seminar:
Join expert strength coach Ido Portal for this 2 day workshop. Ido will be covering a variety of topics including:Straight arm strength development (Press handstand work, Staddler Press HS, Planche, F-lever, HLR, L-Sit variations, Casse-Noix Set, etc,etc )Bent arm strength development (muscle ups, ring routines, one arm chin progression, HSPU, Planche push ups, etc.)Lower body work and explosiveness- activation work, basic tumbling, explosive jumping, correcting imbalances, knee prep protocol, etc.Organic Movement and energy system work – rope climbs, various handstand and back bridge walks, low gate variations, various crawl patterns and how all of these elements are used in metcons / energy system developmentProgressive Loaded Stretching, mobility development, joint prep and prehab/rehab protocols Equilibre and handbalancing – the theory of balance, basic preparations for handbalancing, body line drills, rebalancing drills, freestanding handstand practice, wrist prep for injury prevention, elbow lever, QDR and Airbaby static positions, developing support capacity, shoulder opening routines. Cost is $525
So…who is this Ido guy anyway?
I first “met” Ido via an email exchange in early 2004 in which Ido described an eerily parallel path of development through Capoeira, boxing, strength training and paleo nutrition. I could literally publish a book on some of the epic email threads Ido and I have generated over the years. Ido is an iconoclast…a complete perfectionist at what he does and this is augmented by a shocking degree of physical ability and technical understanding of all things training, nutrition, pre-hab and re-hab.
Most of my training for the past 6 months has been a direct outgrowth of Ido’s last visit and it’s been the most fun I’ve had in years. I’m working my way through a 3 day cycle that involves “bent arm” work including 1 arm chin progressions, rope climbs, QDR progressions and other fun.
This is followed by a “lower body” day which is made up of various plyo exercises, OL derivatives, and some classic strength work with squats, pulls etc. I achieved my first standing back flip at age 28 but have let the skill rust, so this is all preparatory work for doing that (and some other fun stuff) again.
The third day is a “straight arm” day that involves planche, lever and other progressions.
So, pretty advanced stuff, yes? Well, you can benefit from Ido’s coaching and progressions regardless of current fitness or skill set. His coaching encompasses the full range of pre-hab, skill progression and most importantly, he helps you to customize this technology for YOUR goals. I mainly want to do BJJ, get some decent acrobatic skills again, and learn how to Lindy-Hop and Salsa with my wife. This training supports all that, and is just damn fun.
So, if you take your training and coaching seriously, if you want to really expand your knowledge and skill-set, come hang out with us at NorCal while Ido is in town.