We are proud to bring you episode 110 with our special guest, Travis Pollen. Travis is an athlete, coach, and author whose background, as he’ll explain, is steeped in strength and conditioning. Travis discusses how despite being a born a congenital amputee, he never places barriers on himself or other athletes. This combination of perseverance and competitiveness led him to become a record holding paralympic swimmer.
Travis collaborated with me to help build a two part article in which we discuss the nuances of coaching athletes with physical impairments. Because he is a practicing CrossFitter and regular competitor, he is even more familiar challenges of taking full body functional movements and altering them so that they are accessible to every adaptive athlete. I even breech the controversy of performing movements to a standard that could become mechanically unsound, particularly for an athlete who is even more prone to compensation injuries.
Travis intelligently walks us through how bridging the gap between rehabilitation and strength training is a matter of working within the range of motion or movement pattern that makes sense for that athlete. Sometimes that means taking a step back and putting other options on the table – such as machines.
With training goals that are no different from able bodied athletes, Travis explains how getting stronger develops not only a physical edge but a mental fortitude. This has ultimately allowed him and so many others to set lofty goals and perform the unimaginable.
To learn more about training adaptive athletes, check out my article or better yet, find Travis Pollen on social media. He is @fitness_Pollenator on IG, @trpollen on Twitter, and his fFacebook page can be found HERE. You can also visit his website.
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Join us next week when we chat with Dr. Allison Brager. If anyone out there has the balls to complain about their work and training schedule, perhaps you’ll reconsider your list of excuses when you imagine a day in her life. She is a practicing neuroscientist, sleep specialist, educator, and 2015 CrossFit Games Competitor.
A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.
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