At first glance, you may look at this former bodyguard and be a hair intimidated by his physique... I know I was when I first shook his hand many years ago. But once you get to know him, you will soon realize that he is a loyal family man with a huge heart. Alberto is also our European/Asian Director at RMAX International and has grown his team of TACFIT instructors to include over 400 dedicated practitioners. I had the honor of being coached by him at his most recent workshop at The Field in London, UK, and was floored by his attention to detail & MOBILITY!
For those of you that don’t get the opportunity to train next to one of the most hard core Clubbell & TACFIT Head coaches of all time, I would love to share some of my observations about what he was teaching. Next, get yourself to a workshop with him stat, he truly owns this movement and most importantly understands the tool being used - The Clubbell.
Lesson One - if you aren’t mobile enough to do a movement, work on that first. Mobility precedes strength, and even guides many of the Clubbell Exercises. Create strength alongside of mobility, and don’t neglect your mobility. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be boring... Alberto demonstrated tons of grounding mobility drills on the floor from his jujitzu background.
Lesson Two - for technical exercises like mills and swipes, starting on the ground makes a huge difference and shows you where you may be leaking form. Alberto had us sitting in a straddle split performing shoulder casts, gamma casts and more with an upright spine and hamstrings actively stretched. We slowly earned our way into a kneeling lunge, and finally upright.
Lesson Three - if you can’t do it slow, you most definitely shouldn’t be doing it fast. Specifically referring to the grinding exercises. When you do things slow, you have to recruit all supporting areas like lats, tva and glutes to support the load. Diego, owner of the Field assisted Alberto in keeping us honest. Slower was better in this instance.
Lesson Four - Isometric holds, and maximizing time under tension goes a long way. Alberto emphasized recruiting all motor units during both the eccentric and the concentric loading phases of Clubbell exercises to build control as well as strength. A concept often overlooked when moving right into the swinging & rhythmic exercises.
It is truly an honor to be able to work with such bad ass Head Coaches like Alberto Gallazzii, but even more is that you can tell he really does take mobility seriously. As someone who analyzes movement for a living, I can tell he does his due diligence with his mobility training. It may not be in a yoga studio, but that doesn’t mean its not effective. Looking forward to teaming up with Alberto again in 2016 in Italy with an Intro to Clubbell Yoga workshop for all of the curious TACFIT instructors & practitioners who want to know how to bridge the gap between strength training and yoga - look for our event on the TACFIT Events page. Big thank you to Coach Alberto for sharing your knowledge with us.
Note: The Next European Clubbell Yoga Seminar will be held this October in Budapest, we encourage all TACFIT and Clubbell Practioners to attend and learn how to strengthen a yoga practice.
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Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International