The Strength Barracks

The Strength Barracks

Strength & Conditioning gym in Crystal City. Specializing in Sport Athletes, 1 on 1 Coaching

Operating as usual

11/21/2021

🔥 A week of reverse band squats and bench. We periodically overload for a reason. A lot of progress has been made on everyone over the last 6-week training cycle.

✅ You don't think absolute strength carries over to sports?

5 of these people are sport athletes...

🔹 Kameren Brooks has over the wall hitting power now & his bat speed has dramatically increased. He keeps breaking brand new bats lol.
🔹 Jaden Rystrom was the fastest back at Univ of Wisconsin & his cuts made the defense look stupid.
🔹 Conner Mcdonald has been a catcher his whole life with degenerated knees that lacked mobility. We rehabbed his knees, got them stronger & now he squats with the big boys virtually pain-free. He now has greater positioning, mobility & throwing power behind the plate.
🔹Jaycee Fowler wrestles for the #1 ranked college program. Her strength allows her to impose her will on any wrestler, even heavier opponents she still dominates the mat. This paired with her incredible technique & skills makes her a nightmare of an opponent.
🔹 Ethan deal is right up there with any lineman strength at the D1 Level & stronger in many aspects❗

🚫 Keep paying money to run around cones 🤡, we will keep making athletes the right way❗

Videos by Gym Mama Amy Brooks

11/12/2021

🔵 There are no age limits to athleticism...you stopped performing athletic movements which is why you are in your current state. ⁣

❌ You use it or lose it❗When you say well I'm over 40, I can't do (insert whatever) anymore. Realize you are telling yourself a false truth. It's a flat-out lie but our brains rationalize it into perceived truth. ⁣

✅ We have 2 men well into their 50s benching 315-335lbs. ⁣

✅ We have 5 people well into their 50's & 60's that can do all the things my 20yr old athletes can do. They press, squat, deadlift, sled drag, jump, run, jog, hike, lunge, even ab wheel rollouts. ⁣

✅ They can still do all the things they could do in the teens & '20s & as a result their quality of life is better. ⁣

🚫 STOP believing the lies your brain tells you, you have so much more potential❗

🔵 There are no age limits to athleticism...you stopped performing athletic movements which is why you are in your current state. ⁣

❌ You use it or lose it❗When you say well I'm over 40, I can't do (insert whatever) anymore. Realize you are telling yourself a false truth. It's a flat-out lie but our brains rationalize it into perceived truth. ⁣

✅ We have 2 men well into their 50s benching 315-335lbs. ⁣

✅ We have 5 people well into their 50's & 60's that can do all the things my 20yr old athletes can do. They press, squat, deadlift, sled drag, jump, run, jog, hike, lunge, even ab wheel rollouts. ⁣

✅ They can still do all the things they could do in the teens & '20s & as a result their quality of life is better. ⁣

🚫 STOP believing the lies your brain tells you, you have so much more potential❗

11/11/2021
11/10/2021

Congrats @c_rick12 You definitely earned it❗Can't wait to see your collegiate career evolve.

Congrats @c_rick12 You definitely earned it❗Can't wait to see your collegiate career evolve.

11/10/2021

🔵 Insulin Resistance (IR) is a hormonal problem developed from obesity, consumption of too many carbs, sedentary lifestyle, smoking & lack of sleep to name a few.

✅ Yes Insulin is a hormone, a peptide hormone specifically. All hormones are connected❗When one is out of balance it affects them all and a negative cascade of events begins to happen.

❌ Once we see Insulin Resistance go uncorrected for some time we then see full-blown diabetes, depression, thyroid issues, and then autoimmune disorders.

🔥Insulin Resistance can be completely reversed & fixed. It just requires specific nutrients, some work and food discipline.

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11/10/2021

Maybe we should raise them up to have a successful life instead of just a good "Select" ball season...

Maybe we should raise them up to have a successful life instead of just a good "Select" ball season...

11/06/2021

💪 Another 4 plate bencher added. Ethan Deal @19yrs old throws up 405lbs. 🔥

❌ If I don't step my game up he may catch me soon❗Let's go.

🔵 Proud of you man, not for this bench but for greater things. You are an example of a fine young man. You are always in a good mood and it infects others around you for the better. This is a gift, don't ever lose it. Your work ethic is great & you are very coachable. You are dependable and consistent. You are respectful and give back more than you take. You never back down from any challenge or setback. You are tough/aggressive when it's needed and a compassionate teddy bear the rest of the time 😂.

🔥 You are well down the path to becoming a good man, that's why I'm proud of you❗

11/06/2021

✅ Your environment can make or break you...choose wisely.⁣

🔵 Do you want to be around people that accept average effort or those that challenge your perceived limits? ⁣

🔥 Little man got the football team HYPED. 😂💪

11/05/2021

@sumtingwog 1RM max legal width❗

#squats #bench #deadlifts #powerlifting #woman #womenwholift #powerliftingwomen #girlswholift

11/05/2021

Perspective❗Think your torn pec or hamstring is bad? Chris has had a rough road but he never quit...he stayed in the fight.

@tankstrainingfacility when you're ready we will lift with you anytime bro❗

✅ Read the column - https://www.elitefts.com/education/please-allow-me-to-reintroduce-myself/

Perspective❗Think your torn pec or hamstring is bad? Chris has had a rough road but he never quit...he stayed in the fight.

@tankstrainingfacility when you're ready we will lift with you anytime bro❗

✅ Read the column - https://www.elitefts.com/education/please-allow-me-to-reintroduce-myself/

11/05/2021

In many ways, my generation failed you...we need to own that❗We dropped the ball...to this generation please learn from our mistakes & not repeat them.

In many ways, my generation failed you...we need to own that❗We dropped the ball...to this generation please learn from our mistakes & not repeat them.

11/04/2021

💢MEN: If you read anything today, read this! Your children & your spouse’s mental and physical health pay the price for things we do & don’t do enough.

If you understand how beautiful and incredible this photo is, you also need to realize we risk losing it forever. Humans have developed complex languages, cultures, and emotional expressions through physical contact. But in a tech-saturated world, non-sexual human touch is in danger of becoming rare, if not obsolete. Despite the benefits of digital advancement, it is vital to preserve human touch in order for us truly to thrive.

🛑 Let me be very clear, I am advocating appropriate, non-sexual, welcomed physical contact. Anything outside of this scope will get you a ride to the Train Station in my gym.

Scientific research now correlates physical touch with the following important areas:

✅Decreased violence. The less touch as a child leads to greater violence. American developmental psychologist James
W. Prescott proposed that the origins of violence in society were related to the lack of mother-child bonding. Child
developmental research illustrates that the absence of physical bonding and healthy attachment between an adult
and child may result in lifelong emotional disturbances.

✅ Greater trust between individuals. Touch helps to bond people together. Daniel Keltner, the founding director of
of feelings of reward and compassion. professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, cites the work of neuroscientist Edmund Ross, who found that physical touch activates the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex, linked to
feelings of reward and compassion. According to Keltner, “studies show that a simple touch can trigger release
feelings of reward and compassion.

✅Economic gain. Keltner links economic benefits to physical touch, probably because “touch signals safety and
trust; it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is
intimately involved with our compassionate response.” NBA teams whose players touch each other more, for example, win more games.

✅ Decreased disease and stronger immune system. Physical touch may also decrease disease. According
to research conducted at the University of North Carolina, women who receive more hugs from their partners have
lower heart rates and blood pressure: “Hugs strengthen the immune system...The gentle pressure on the sternum
and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which
regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keeps you healthy and disease-free.”
Research at the University of California’s School of Public Health found that getting eye contact and a pat on the back
from the doctor may boost the survival rate of patients with complex diseases.

✅ Stronger team dynamics. Paul Zak, the author of The Moral Molecule, argues, “We touch to initiate and
sustain cooperation.” He conducted a “neuroeconomics” study from which he argues that hugs or handshakes are
likely to cause the release of the neurochemical oxytocin, which increases the chances that a person will treat you
“like family,” even it you just met.

✅ More non-sexual emotional intimacy. Interpersonal touch has a powerful impact on our emotions. Studies have
shown that a gentle brush of a woman’s arm can boost a man’s chances in love; another study showed that two-thirds of women agreed to dance with a man who touched her on the arm a second or two before making the request.

✅ Greater learning engagement. When teachers touch students platonically, it encourages their learning. French
psychologist Nicolas Guéguen reports(link is external) that when teachers pat students in a friendly way, those
students are three times as likely to speak up in class. Another recent study has found that when librarians pat the
hand of a student checking out a book, that student says he or she likes the library more and is more likely to
return.

✅ Overall wellbeing. Adults require human touch to thrive. Keltner says, “In recent years, a wave of studies has
documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is
suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.”
As Sharon K. Farber says, “Being touched and touching someone else are fundamental modes of human
interaction, and increasingly, many people are seeking out their own professional touchers and body arts
teachers—chiropractors, physical therapists, Gestalt therapists, Rolfers, the Alexander-technique, and Feldenkrais
people, massage therapists, martial arts, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan instructors. And some even wait in physicians’ offices
for a physical examination for ailments with no organic cause—they wait to be touched.”

I think back about my time in the military & what I’m about to say most combat vets will have similar experiences. In training, we huddled together to stay warm all the time, shoulder to shoulder, chest to back, and you were so miserable that you hoped some guy’s warm breath would hit you. In Iraq, it wasn’t uncommon to walk into a blown-out concrete building riddled with bullet holes and mortar rounds & see two full squads all laying on the floor, spooning each other for warmth. When you came in from patrol or pulling watch, you just found a spot and wedged in between some bodies for warmth. We shared ponchos and woobies together as often as civilians share gum. When we lost a teammate (after the account was settled), most of us would break down at a certain point. We would hug and cry on each other’s shoulders for as long as it took! On a really bad day and your ticket gets punched, we held hands. Believe me, when you think you are dying... you don’t care who’s hand you are holding.

So yes, men can and should give the appropriate human touch. We can be strong, rugged & masculine while still showing empathy and compassion, and we need to get better at this, myself included.

In conclusion: Physical touch is the foundational element of human development and culture. The growing
preoccupation with digital media versus personal physical contact, combined with the social and legal restrictions over
physical contact in our schools and workplaces, may unintentionally affect these factors negatively. To foster a safe
social environment in a climate of mediated communication, we should intentionally hold on to physical touch.

References
Auvray, M., Myin, E., & Spence, C. (2010). The sensory-discriminative and affective-motivational aspects of
pain. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 214-223.
Paladino, M.P., Mazzurega, M., Pavani, F., & Schubert, T. (2010). Synchronous multisensory stimulation blurs self-other
boundaries. Psychological Science, 21, 1202-1207
Wilhelm, F. H., Kochar, A. S., Roth, W. T., & Gross, J. J. (2001). Social anxiety and response to touch: Incongruence
between self-evaluative and physiological reactions. Biological Psychology, 58, 181-202

💢MEN: If you read anything today, read this! Your children & your spouse’s mental and physical health pay the price for things we do & don’t do enough.

If you understand how beautiful and incredible this photo is, you also need to realize we risk losing it forever. Humans have developed complex languages, cultures, and emotional expressions through physical contact. But in a tech-saturated world, non-sexual human touch is in danger of becoming rare, if not obsolete. Despite the benefits of digital advancement, it is vital to preserve human touch in order for us truly to thrive.

🛑 Let me be very clear, I am advocating appropriate, non-sexual, welcomed physical contact. Anything outside of this scope will get you a ride to the Train Station in my gym.

Scientific research now correlates physical touch with the following important areas:

✅Decreased violence. The less touch as a child leads to greater violence. American developmental psychologist James
W. Prescott proposed that the origins of violence in society were related to the lack of mother-child bonding. Child
developmental research illustrates that the absence of physical bonding and healthy attachment between an adult
and child may result in lifelong emotional disturbances.

✅ Greater trust between individuals. Touch helps to bond people together. Daniel Keltner, the founding director of
of feelings of reward and compassion. professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, cites the work of neuroscientist Edmund Ross, who found that physical touch activates the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex, linked to
feelings of reward and compassion. According to Keltner, “studies show that a simple touch can trigger release
feelings of reward and compassion.

✅Economic gain. Keltner links economic benefits to physical touch, probably because “touch signals safety and
trust; it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is
intimately involved with our compassionate response.” NBA teams whose players touch each other more, for example, win more games.

✅ Decreased disease and stronger immune system. Physical touch may also decrease disease. According
to research conducted at the University of North Carolina, women who receive more hugs from their partners have
lower heart rates and blood pressure: “Hugs strengthen the immune system...The gentle pressure on the sternum
and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which
regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keeps you healthy and disease-free.”
Research at the University of California’s School of Public Health found that getting eye contact and a pat on the back
from the doctor may boost the survival rate of patients with complex diseases.

✅ Stronger team dynamics. Paul Zak, the author of The Moral Molecule, argues, “We touch to initiate and
sustain cooperation.” He conducted a “neuroeconomics” study from which he argues that hugs or handshakes are
likely to cause the release of the neurochemical oxytocin, which increases the chances that a person will treat you
“like family,” even it you just met.

✅ More non-sexual emotional intimacy. Interpersonal touch has a powerful impact on our emotions. Studies have
shown that a gentle brush of a woman’s arm can boost a man’s chances in love; another study showed that two-thirds of women agreed to dance with a man who touched her on the arm a second or two before making the request.

✅ Greater learning engagement. When teachers touch students platonically, it encourages their learning. French
psychologist Nicolas Guéguen reports(link is external) that when teachers pat students in a friendly way, those
students are three times as likely to speak up in class. Another recent study has found that when librarians pat the
hand of a student checking out a book, that student says he or she likes the library more and is more likely to
return.

✅ Overall wellbeing. Adults require human touch to thrive. Keltner says, “In recent years, a wave of studies has
documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is
suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.”
As Sharon K. Farber says, “Being touched and touching someone else are fundamental modes of human
interaction, and increasingly, many people are seeking out their own professional touchers and body arts
teachers—chiropractors, physical therapists, Gestalt therapists, Rolfers, the Alexander-technique, and Feldenkrais
people, massage therapists, martial arts, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan instructors. And some even wait in physicians’ offices
for a physical examination for ailments with no organic cause—they wait to be touched.”

I think back about my time in the military & what I’m about to say most combat vets will have similar experiences. In training, we huddled together to stay warm all the time, shoulder to shoulder, chest to back, and you were so miserable that you hoped some guy’s warm breath would hit you. In Iraq, it wasn’t uncommon to walk into a blown-out concrete building riddled with bullet holes and mortar rounds & see two full squads all laying on the floor, spooning each other for warmth. When you came in from patrol or pulling watch, you just found a spot and wedged in between some bodies for warmth. We shared ponchos and woobies together as often as civilians share gum. When we lost a teammate (after the account was settled), most of us would break down at a certain point. We would hug and cry on each other’s shoulders for as long as it took! On a really bad day and your ticket gets punched, we held hands. Believe me, when you think you are dying... you don’t care who’s hand you are holding.

So yes, men can and should give the appropriate human touch. We can be strong, rugged & masculine while still showing empathy and compassion, and we need to get better at this, myself included.

In conclusion: Physical touch is the foundational element of human development and culture. The growing
preoccupation with digital media versus personal physical contact, combined with the social and legal restrictions over
physical contact in our schools and workplaces, may unintentionally affect these factors negatively. To foster a safe
social environment in a climate of mediated communication, we should intentionally hold on to physical touch.

References
Auvray, M., Myin, E., & Spence, C. (2010). The sensory-discriminative and affective-motivational aspects of
pain. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 214-223.
Paladino, M.P., Mazzurega, M., Pavani, F., & Schubert, T. (2010). Synchronous multisensory stimulation blurs self-other
boundaries. Psychological Science, 21, 1202-1207
Wilhelm, F. H., Kochar, A. S., Roth, W. T., & Gross, J. J. (2001). Social anxiety and response to touch: Incongruence
between self-evaluative and physiological reactions. Biological Psychology, 58, 181-202

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