ME Lower – 8.4.10

Me, Tom, David Silver from 90210, New Jeff, Ant, Santo, Jody

Warmup: Foot MFR, Toe Pulls, Z-Drills, 1/2 Kneeling Hip Flexor, Indian Clubs

Box Squat (Belt, red Inzer briefs, Rehbands)
1×510 missed
–stayed down on the box, made sure it was perfect
–Slow half way up but no shakes.

Ab Dolly / Indian Clubs
3x Movement #1 – Kneeling and R/L Open Kneeling, moderate speed

It is a little bit of a struggle to come to grips that I am squatting @ a body weight 30 pounds lighter than 3 years ago.  I’ve walked out tripled 545 with a belt and knee wraps and no spotters.  I don’t know if those days are gone.

  • August 4, 2010

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Carl Valle Reply


I noticed you do what looks to be z-health. What are your thoughts on that type of work.



Charlie Reply

Carl – I am very much in favor of the methods that the Z- folks that I know do. There is something very real and effective to what I see with myself and others, but I am not trained enough in its foundations to be able to disseminate the work.
I am most fearful that much of what is proffered in the name of Z-Health is not accurate or appropriate by their own methods.

Carl Valle Reply


I don’t know how I would classify the Z-health drills but I don’t get enough clear answers of what the mechanism is. I will talk to Mike Nelson and see what a toe pull does and isolate the exercise in more detail. Dr. Cobb spoke many times at the gym I use to work at but I felt it was never clear unless I signed up for it. Who knows. Thanks for your openness.


Charlie Reply

Carl – I would classify Z-Drills as corrective. The mechanisms appears to be varied, but primarily rooted in the vestibular system. Certainly basic biomechanics are involved along with visual training and exploiting or depresses reflexes.

The toe pull is purported to have effects at the hip, but to me, it is nothing more than ankle mobility into plantaflexion, which I think has excellent value in self-mobilizing the talar and mid-foot joints.

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