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Activate Inhibit Method

With the Activate Inhibit Method (AIM), I can proudly guarantee faster outcomes in muscle rehabilitation or sports performance by eliciting lasting improvements in motor patterns.  The technique uses a strategic combination of common training techniques such as isometrics and basic static stretches to correct muscle imbalances and improve body awareness.  The goal of AIM is to improve the user's ability to consciously identify, recall and recognize correct motor patterns- eliminating the need for a coach to provide feedback.  AIM "grads" are able to correct compensation patterns before they can be visually identified by a coach.  To progress from "student" to "graduate", it can take as little as one week to experience these changes.

Rosie Edwards World Class Marathoner
Saved 5 minutes in eight sessions.
In eight sessions spread across three weeks leading up to the 2017 London Marathon, Rosie improved her time by five minutes, placing fourth overall.  A recurring hamstring injury was the initial reason for visit.  A brief, subjective running gait analysis showed that the left hamstring was compensating for reduced gluteal activation.  The single leg squat test showed a vast difference between left and right gluteal activation.  In the first session, hamstring discomfort was eliminated by improving her control over the gluteal muscles.  We progressed from failing to sustain the single leg squat position to successfully completing Rosie's first single leg squat with 15 pounds- a feat that takes most several months to achieve.  To achieve this in one hour, we corrected five compensation patterns.  The following seven sessions were spent revealing her neuromuscular system's true potential.  We progressed from 15 pounds to 50 pounds- equating to roughly 40 percent of her body weight.  The progression to 50 pounds was often times intentionally limited to allow the connective tissues to adapt to the extreme forces.


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