cole Alexander mills
The introduction of the "Adaptable Movement Philosophy" starts with a simple concept; every muscle in the body can be accessed through stretching, and that process of learning how to stretch the finest details of the human body, create a stronger & faster neurological to physiological connection. Strengthening this connection gives any performance athlete a heightened level of control over the maintenance, progression, and preservation of their muscular structure.
I started to notice when I would get banged up from playing contact sports and weight training, but still needed to maintain my limberness as a stage performer. First I had to roll out the muscle tissue, like tenderizing a steak, and then once broken down, I would stretch the muscle fibers to lean out that tissue. In the beginning my body was not able to rebuild/recover from all that trauma and I wound up stressing my muscles. This process of learning what was too much vs. too little, began to accelerate my body's ability to regenerate skeletal muscular tissue. Every time I would stretch or roll out, the mental connection, or level of focus grew to the point where my stretching sessions could be compared to some forms of meditation. This led me to the conclusion that the adaptiveness of the muscular structure relies solely on the strength of the mental connection to the muscles in our body.
As soon as I noticed the changes happening both on stage and in the gym, I began recording my results. At a frame of only 150 pounds, I was pulling a deadlift of 400 pounds, front squat at 215 pounds, back squat at 285 pounds, and a bench of 205 pounds. The numbers were not the most interesting part though, as the real progress came with the versatility of my athletic structure. I wanted to test this philosophy on different types of athletes, and I began working with a Professional Latin Dance couple, and a catcher from the MLB.
In the beginning, it was just deconstructing what they thought they had known about certain stretches or movements, and enlightening them on proper alignment and certain details to keep in mind when trying to access a certain part of the body. Then it was reprogramming them to understand the muscles in their body with a whole new level of consciousness, and have them train these muscles to eventually work with me on processing movement to generate efficient power in their respective fields. Coordinating muscles in movement is half erasing bad habits, and half relearning basic fundamentals more efficiently. This process can be affected by nutrition, social habits, mental habits, health, physical habits, and part of my job as a movement coach is to point out things that they might not be conscious of so they can then address it either with my help or on their own. Once the habits are reduced and at least made aware of, then we start to work on the complexities of layering details, and training details to engrain a certain level of learning, adaptive learning.
Presently, I am training professional athletes using this Adaptable Movement Philosophy on enhancing their performance on and off the field. We deconstruct patterns and habits, and reprogram efficiency, fluid movement mechanics, and a healthy flexible structure to work from. As a movement coach I seek to push beyond the paradigm of what the human body is capable of, and elevate the standard of the modern day athlete.