Tommy John Alternative, 45 Lessons, and Alternates to Overhead Press

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from EliteBaseballPerformance.com, Pat Rigsby, and Andrew Millett.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “4 Ways to Modify the Squat So Everyone Can Perform” is now available to watch. In this presentation, I discuss why the squat is something we shouldn’t just blindly avoid out of fear in our rehab patients or fitness clients.  We some simple modifications, you should be able to incorporate the squat in almost anyone’s program.

This webinar will cover:

  • How different bar positions impact the body
  • Why most people shouldn’t squat with “textbook” technique
  • How to quickly screen a person and tweak their form to individualize their squat pattern

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we are joined by Phil Page at the annual ICCUS Society meeting to discuss the latest research on kinesiology tape, self myofascial release, and topical analgesics.

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


ASMI Injuries in Baseball

ASMI Injuries in Baseball 2017EBP has just released an online version of the 2017 ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference, featuring world renowned speakers such as Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Kevin Wilk, Mike Reinold, and several MLB team physicians, athletic trainers, and strength coaches.  This is the premier conference for baseball related injuries and performance enhancement, with topics detailing pitching biomechanics, baseball specific functional anatomy, clinical examination, surgical management, injury rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for baseball players.

The ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference has been on sale this week for $100 off, but today is the last day to save! The sale ends tonight at midnight EST.

 


Stuff You Should Read


The New Alternative to Tommy John Surgery – UCL Repair with Internal Brace

I have an article up on EliteBaseballPerformance.com talking about the new alternative to Tommy John procedure:

45 Lessons I’ve Learned Along The Way

Pat Rigsby has an article up on PatRigsby.com talking about 45 things he’s learned in his 45 years, I love these kinds of posts!

Everyone is NOT Made to Barbell Overhead Press

Andrew Millett has an article up on AndrewMilletPT.com talking about alternate overhead training options:

 

 

High School Specialization, Coaching Algorithm, and Running Injury

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Adam Lake, Guillermo Munoz of FitnessVitae.com, and Scott Buxton.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “4 Ways to Modify the Squat So Everyone Can Perform” is now available to watch.  In this presentation, I discuss why the squat is something we shouldn’t just blindly avoid out of fear in our rehab patients or fitness clients.  We some simple modifications, you should be able to incorporate the squat in almost anyone’s program.

This webinar will cover:

  • How different bar positions impact the body
  • Why most people shouldn’t squat with “textbook” technique
  • How to quickly screen a person and tweak their form to individualize their squat pattern

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we are at the annual ICCUS Society meeting with Phil Page, Mike Mullaney, and Lane Bailey discussing their latest research projects on ACL and Achilles repair rehabilitation.

 

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


ASMI Injuries in Baseball

ASMI Injuries in Baseball 2017EBP has just released an online version of the 2017 ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference, featuring world renowned speakers such as Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, Kevin Wilk, Mike Reinold, and several MLB team physicians, athletic trainers, and strength coaches.  This is the premier conference for baseball related injuries and performance enhancement, with topics detailing pitching biomechanics, baseball specific functional anatomy, clinical examination, surgical management, injury rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for baseball players.

The ASMI Injuries in Baseball Conference has been on sale this week for $100 off.  The sale ends Sunday June 25th at midnight EST.

 

 


Stuff You Should Read


Is High School Specialization Needed to Participate at the Division I Level?

Adam Lake has an article up on SportsMedres.org talking about whether or not athletes need to specialize in a sport to be competitive in college:

The Coaching Algorithm

Guillermo Munoz of FitnessVitae.com has an article up on thePTDC.com talking about two simple steps you are not doing:

Hip Abductor Strength and Lower Extremity Running Related Injury in Distance Runners: A Systematic Review

Scott Buxton has an article up on Physiospot.com talking about a review of lower body injuries in distance runners:

 

 

 

Power Monkey, Lat Injuries in Baseball, and Specialty Bars

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Dave Tilley, EliteBaseballPerformance.com, and Dean Somerset.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “4 Ways to Modify the Squat So Everyone Can Perform” is now available to watch. In this presentation, I discuss why the squat is something we shouldn’t just blindly avoid out of fear in our rehab patients or fitness clients.  We some simple modifications, you should be able to incorporate the squat in almost anyone’s program.

This webinar will cover:

  • How different bar positions impact the body
  • Why most people shouldn’t squat with “textbook” technique
  • How to quickly screen a person and tweak their form to individualize their squat pattern

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we talk about the need for special tests, strength training after surgery, and our advice on learning systems.

 

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


Stuff You Should Read


Live Q&A Roundtable from Power Monkey Camp 7.0

Dave Tilley has an article up on ShiftMovementScience.com talking about his roundtable video from the most recent Power Monkey Camp:

Lat Injuries in Baseball Pitchers

I put up an article up on EliteBaseballPerformance.com talking about the recent uptick in lat injuries in baseball players and what to do about them:

3 Specialty Bars Every Gym Should Have, and 3 That Are Awesome To Have

Dean Somerset has an article up on DeanSomerset.com talking about his favorite types of specialty bars for the gym:

 

 

 

 

Monitoring Athlete Training, Individual Differences, and Immune-Boosting Exercise

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from James Krieger, Pitre Bourdon, and Andy Peloquin.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “5 Ways to Start Your Career in the Right Direction” is now available to watch. In this presentation, I talk about some of the important things that any student or new physical therapist or strength coach should focus on early in their career.  I’m amazed at some of the things I hear from students and see online.  

This webinar covers:

  • Why you shouldn’t sell your soul to one specific “system”
  • The ONE most important thing you need to work on to be effective
  • How to always be learning but also gaining skill, not just knowledge
  • Why you shouldn’t rush into starting a private practice

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we talk about an easy way to get started with instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, treating wrist injuries in CrossFit athletes, and the role of deadlifts in the rehab setting.

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


Stuff You Should Read


Individual Differences: The Most Important Consideration for Your Fitness Results that Science Doesn’t Tell You

James Krieger of Weightology.com has an excellent article up on BretContreras.com talking about some seldom talked about considerations in evidence-based fitness programming.  Individualization is always the way to go!

Monitoring Athlete Training Loads: Consensus Statement

There is a great consensus statement article in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance about how to properly monitor athletes in their training:

The Immune-Boosting Benefits Of Exercise

Andy Peloquin has an article up on BreakingMuscle.com talking about the how the exercise can enhance immunity:

 

 

 

 

Ideal Business Show, Deadlift Variations, and Lessons from an NBA Strength Coach

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Pat Rigsby, Russell Manalastas, and Tim DiFrancesco.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “5 Recommendations to Kick Start Your PT Career” is available to watch. In this presentation, I talk about some of the important things that any student or new physical therapist or strength coach should focus on early in their career.  I’m amazed at some of the things I hear from students and see online.  

This webinar will cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t sell your soul to one specific “system”
  • The ONE most important thing you need to work on to be effective
  • How to always be learning but also gaining skill, not just knowledge
  • Why you shouldn’t rush into starting a private practice

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Showask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we talk about physical therapists learning from chiropractors, busy PT clinics and the future of our professional, and the use of counterforce braces for lateral epicondylitis.

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


Last Day to Save $150 and Become an Expert on the Knee

online knee seminarIn case you missed it, my online program with Lenny Macrina on the Recent Advances in the Evidence Based Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee is on sale this week for a HUGE $150 off!

This is our acclaimed program that will literally teach you exactly how we evaluate and treat the knee. We have 7 detailed modules on the exam, neuromuscular control drills, ACL, patellofemoral, meniscus, articular cartilage, and osteoarthritis.

Plus, the program is approved for 22.5 contact hours of CEU credit through the NATA and for 18 CCUs through the FSBPT for 28 states.

The $150 off sale ends tonight at midnight EST, so act now:

 


Stuff You Should Read


Ideal Business Show with Mike Reinold

Pat Rigsby is one of my friends and mentors.  He has an amazing mind for business and marketing.  Pat’s new podcast, The Ideal Business Show, is a great resource for those looking to get better at their business skills.  I was honored to be a guest recent, where I talked with him about my vision for Champion and businesses in general:

Top 5 Deadlift Variations To Train Around Lower Back Pain

Russell Manalastas has an article up on DrJohnRusin.com talking about different deadlift variations to consider:

6 Things I’ve Learned In My 6 Seasons As An NBA Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tim DiFrancesco has an article up on TDAthletesEdge.com talking about his list of top things he learned in his time in the NBA.  I always love to share articles like this as so many strive to be in the “pros.”  Tim shares some great insight:

 

 

 

 

Daily Undulating Periodization, Disc Bulges, and Nutrition Advice

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Greg Nuckols on ThePTDC.com, Sian Smale, and Trevor Kashey on DrJohnRusin.com.

 

Inner Circle Updates mike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “5 Recommendations to Kick Start Your PT Career” is now available to watch. In this presentation, I talk about some of the important things that any student or new physical therapist or strength coach should focus on early in their career.  I’m amazed at some of the things I hear from students and see online.

This webinar will cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t sell your soul to one specific “system”
  • The ONE most important thing you need to work on to be effective
  • How to always be learning but also gaining skill, not just knowledge
  • Why you shouldn’t rush into starting a private practice

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we have another baseball-related epsiode.  We talk about improving shoulder internal rotation (GIRD), improving hip ROM in pitchers, and how we use dry needling in baseball players.

 

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


online knee seminarSave $150 and Master the Knee

In case you missed it, my online program with Lenny Macrina on the Recent Advances in the Evidence Based Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee is on sale for a HUGE $150 off!

This is our acclaimed program that will literally teach you exactly how we evaluate and treat the knee. We have 7 detailed modules on the exam, neuromuscular control drills, ACL, patellofemoral, meniscus, articular cartilage, and osteoarthritis.

Plus, the program is approved for 22.5 contact hours of CEU credit through the NATA and for 18 CCUs through the FSBPT for 28 states.

The $150 off sale ends Sunday May 21st at midnight EST, so act now:

 


Stuff You Should Read


A Simple System to Build Better Personal Training Programs for Any Client

Greg Nuckols of GregNuckols.com has an article up on ThePTDC.com talking about his method to build a better training program using daily undulating periodization:

The Bigger The Bulge The Better

Sian Smale has an article up on RaynerSmale.com talking about why a bigger herniation might be better:

The Legal & Ethical Nutrition Scope of Practice For Personal Trainers

Trevor Kashey has an article up on DrJohnRusin.com talking about what PTs can and can’t do when it comes to nutrition.  I get questions about this all the time:

 

 

 

Modifying Squats, Ankle Sprains, and Training Older Clients

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Ryan DeBell, Scott Buxton, and Evan Osar.

 

Inner Circle Updatesmike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “5 Recommendations to Kick Start Your PT Career” is now available to watch as well. In this presentation, I talk about some of the important things that any student or new physical therapist or strength coach should focus on early in their career.  I’m amazed at some of the things I hear from students and see online.

This webinar will cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t sell your soul to one specific “system”
  • The ONE most important thing you need to work on to be effective
  • How to always be learning but also gaining skill, not just knowledge
  • Why you shouldn’t rush into starting a private practice

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Showask mike reinold show

On this week’s episode of The #AskMikeReinold show we talk about quadriceps to hamstring ratio in ACL rehabilitation, the choice between a PhD and a DPT, and if we would pass the PT boards right now!

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 


Elite Baseball Performance elite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


Stuff You Should Read


Modifying the Squat to Get Rid of Hip Pinching

Ryan DeBell has an article up on TheMovementFix.com talking about how to protect from hip pinches by changing up your squats:

2016 Consensus Statement of the International Ankle Consortium: Consequences of Lateral Ankle Sprains

Scott Buxton has an article up on Physiospot.com talking about the consequences of ankle sprains:

Key Core Training Strategy for Training Older Clients with Spinal Dysfunction – Part 1

Evan Osar has an article up on FitnessEducationSeminars.com talking about training older clients:

 

 

 

Gymnastics Injuries, PTs and Coaches Working Together, and a Simple Strength Program

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Dave Tilley, Sarah Polacco, and Dan John:

 

Inner Circle Updatesmike reinold inner circle

My Last webinar recording on “5 Recommendations to Kick Start Your PT Career” is now available to watch. In this presentation, I talk about some of the important things that any student or new physical therapist or strength coach should focus on early in their career.  I’m amazed at some of the things I hear from students and see online.  

This webinar will cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t sell your soul to one specific “system”
  • The ONE most important thing you need to work on to be effective
  • How to always be learning but also gaining skill, not just knowledge
  • Why you shouldn’t rush into starting a private practice

 

Not an Inner Circle Member yet?!?  In addition to these webinars and this month’s exclusive discount, Inner Circle members have access to years worth of webinars, an exclusive member-only forum to interact, and more!

 


The #AskMikeReinold Show ask mike reinold show

On this episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we talk about how we determine load for exercises in rehab, barefoot training, and which dry needling courses we recommend.

To see past episodes, subscribe, and ask us a question for the show please click below:

 

 


Elite Baseball Performanceelite baseball performance

If you have any interest in baseball performance, training, or rehabilitation, you are going to want to check out my new website at EliteBaseballPerformance.com.

The mission of the site is to provide cutting edge, but trustworthy, information to enhance baseball performance.  There’s too much crap on the internet right now about baseball.  I want to fix this and create an ultimate resource for every baseball player, parent, coach, rehab specialist, and strength specialist.

I’ve developed an amazing advisory board and contributors like Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of ASMI, MLB players Josh Beckett and Craig Breslow, MLB athletic trainers Stan Conte and Ken Crenshaw, and other amazing people like Eric Cressey, Alan Jaeger, Paul Reddick, Lantz Wheeler and more.

We have a bunch of great articles, resources we recommend, and even some educational programs available already.

If you believe in our mission, please check it out, become an EBP Insider for free, and follow and share our stuff on social media!  THANK YOU for helping to spread the word:

 


Stuff You Should Read


Understanding and Combatting the Elbow Injury Epidemic in Gymnastics

My man Dave Tilley has an article up on ShiftMovementScience.com talking about how to understand and fight elbow injuries in gymnastics.  With Dave around at Champion, it’s been pretty amazing seeing all the gymnastics injuries.  It really reminds me of where we were with baseball 10-20 years ago with all the misinformation and old concepts still floating around.  If you are interested in gymnastics, be sure to follow Dave as he is really trying to change the culture and help reduce injury.  This is the first part of a great three part series from Dave:

How PTs and Coaches Can Work Together

Sarah Polacco had me on as a guest on her new podcast recently.  Sarah is a friend and great strength coach, I’m excited to hear more and more of these podcasts.  We talked about how personal trainers and coaches can work better together:

A Simple Strength Program

There is one thing Dan John does that I think most would agree on with me.  He makes complex things simple.  I love reading about all these complicated periodization schemes on the internet and then chuckle when Dan writes a simple article like this one.  Sometimes, we definitely try too hard and make things too complicated.