Breakthrough Article: The Unexpected Story and People Who Made it Happen

Hello Everyone! Thank you for visiting to learn more about the Bubble Cheek™ and new discoveries in Strength and Conditioning Performance. For the past several years, BASEBALL, at all levels, was the sport that consisted of both the skills and performance settings that could help assert and progress my research and development, before bringing this breakthrough article about groundbreaking discoveries in power development above the radar! Keep reading…. then try the exercises!

– Regards Dr. Veera Khare Asher, DMA, CSCS, USAW1

I have been attending NSCA National Conferences since being a member from 2013 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2014. However, this summer 2018 at the National NSCA Conference in Indianapolis was a game changer. It was the first year I met two new members, charter founding members of the NSCA, Ken Kontor, CAE, CSCS (publisher of Performance Conditioning)  and Mike Arthur, CSCS, RSCC*E (recipient of the NSCA Impact Award 2018). We had random conversations that led to deeper and more sophisticated Coach-Scientist discussions where they were able to understand the importance of the impact on performance conditioning of both the cutting edge science I had discovered, and the ways that I measured it. Performing as an opera singer ‘on the spot’ was a fun challenge that gave further evidence. Ken and Mike’s experience and shared thoughts, with the support of Matt Hank, KPERFORM™’s Head of Strength and Conditioning, who has actually been able to experience, test and witness athletes and coaches expressing the benefits of the Bubble Cheek™ alone, identified for me that I had invented a power development training tool! I was personally so inspired by that idea,  I started integrating more explosive power sets in my workouts with the support of coach Matt Hank.

As a result of the above story, I am grateful to have this article become my first opportunity to truly simplify within strength and conditioning terms, how I connect the Bubble Cheek™ via Precision Form Training™ for Power Development.  The recent developments from this summer, and with the added support and encouragement of my KPERFORM™ community of subject matter experts, is the beginning of what “Making Progress” looks like.

Try out the exercises in the article! Let’s Keep Going! Follow, Comment and Reach Out! I look forward to further discussion and discovery.

– All the Best, Dr. Veera Asher, DMA, CSCS, USAW1

Access to Full Article in PBSCCS (Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society) Newsletter Volume 17, Number 6

ACCESS to PUBLICATIONS from Performance Condition Website

 

The ‘Secret Weapon’:

A Collaboration with Voice Doctor (Laryngologist) Presenting Evidence on the Efficacy of PFT and BUBBLE CHEEK

2 CASES: The Student & the Professional

Precision Form Training™ (PFT) and Bubble Cheek™

CASE #1: University Student and Developing Performing Artist

As a PFT Coach, I always have to keep my hat on about the demands of the performance my students or clients will be facing. In one case, I had a student who had already had overuse while being a lead in a musical, and we had to make some time-sensitive decisions.

“According to her medical exam, she had swelling of the vocal cords due to overuse while I assessed she was already fatigued both vocally and physically. It put the health of her vocal cords at risk. She needed to rest. This was going to be a big decision for her to make, as there was no understudy. However, I made sure to let her know that once there was an injury, then the cords could be prone to injury again. So I suggested that she should step away from the show before it closed, and save her voice for the professional career she was already primed to activate…

My student made the mature decision, to do one medical treatment (whole body) to help the swelling with the cords. She then worked with me on what type of techniques she could use to help her get through the show, support her fellow performers, and yet, not risk further injury. With the notion that the sacrifice of one performance could save a lifetime of performances to come, she realized the gravity of the situation. Her game-changing attitude and the decision she made, literally helped other singers resist the peer pressure of pushing through a show, at the sake of losing future opportunities in performance. In my opinion this is no different than the decisions that elite athletes have to make when under pressure. She did well.”

CASE #2: The LANDMARK CASE:  Where I  worked collaboratively with laryngologist Dr. Chhetri. He was able to verify PFT and Bubble Cheek™ as another choice for performers otherwise out of options.  This patient was a professional singer that had already committed to a performance with a world-renowned recording artist that did not allow the traditional months of time for vocal rest, surgery and recovery. 

“The Patient had to be on voice rest and she continued to need to do some exercises despite being on voice rest. And so maybe the groundbreaking part of [PFT] is that one can activate the muscles and not phonate which is very unique. And that maintained the strength while she was on voice rest and so when she was finally taken off voice rest it looked like she really never rested her voice.”

“You have to understand the underlying reason for why she developed the polyp, which was that she had some weakness in the vocal cords, and perhaps from technique and some overuse. The interesting part about that, is obviously she needed a procedure done, an in office laser, to take care of the hemorrhagic polyp. She needed additional help to improve the vocal cords and the weakness and the imbalance.

You could maybe say that there was some asymmetry where, after the PFT, not only the imbalance was taken care of but the condition of her vocal cords looked much better than they had ever been. We then could objectively show that there was a difference in regards to that asymmetry she had and the condition of the vocal cords. So I think all of that combined, led to increased power and better voice.” ~ Dr. Dinesh Chhetri

In Summary: 

As a founder and inventor of my own start-up, it is imperative that we continue to educate and share across all disciplines and all performance lines. This case goes beyond benefiting just singers. All humans who breathe and make sound can optimize their human performance with PFT and Bubble Cheek™, as based on new science from my doctoral research, strength and conditioning expertise, and performance coaching for improved stability, power and neurocognitive performance. The benefits are in integral to every movement or exercise in the stand-alone or integrated programs that get you to the benefits of ancient warrior practices similar to Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Yoga and Mediation.

“With this landmark case we have made progress. Now, every step forward must integrate science and technology if we want to advance our knowledge of the BrainBodyVoice™ complex for human performance. Working across disciplines with an innovative and collaborative approach will help to inform and measure the discoveries we make together for the elite performer.”

~ Dr. Veera Khare Asher

 

Putting it all Together! The Four Articles that Build Sequentially on Power in the BUBBLE CHEEK™ and What’s Been Hiding in Plain Sight!

Why Explosive Power Doesn’t Care What Your Sport Is, What You Look Like or What Level you Play At! Precision Form Training™ (PFT): A First-Ever, Power Development Training that Considers the VOICE!

*with Bonus Article by Matt Hank on Speed and Hamstring Injuries

Photo: PROGRESS through COLLABORATION: Coach-Geeks Matt and Dr. Veera working on Precision Form Training™ (PFT), BUBBLE CHEEK™ and Athletic Spine Performance™.

B238150A-BD52-4C6A-A1AE-2A378510195E

Let’s Start With a Collage of Examples of Elite Athletes Who Are Found to Intuitively bubble their cheeks in Performance!

 

Short Examples of how Soprano Dr. Veera applies it to keeping her VOCAL POWER & POWER CONTROL! 1: Aerial Harness-and-Wire Singing 2: Opera

 

 

 

 

1st Article BASEBALL Power in the Bubble Cheek – What’s Been Hiding in Plain Sight! Precision Form Training (PFT) for Power Development – BB – Dr. Veera Asher KPERFORM

2nd Article VOLLEYBALL Power in the Bubble Cheek – VB – Dr. Veera Asher KPERFORM

3rd Article SOCCER Power in the Bubble Cheek – SR – Dr. Veera Asher KPERFORM

4th Article rev. CYCLING Power in the Bubble Cheek – CY – Dr. Veera Asher KPERFORM

BONUS ARTICLE BY MATT HANK:

Article by Matt Hank BASEBALL Speed Development & Hamstring Injuries

 

Power in the BUBBLE CHEEK™ for an Explosive Sprint Across the Finish Line: An Article for the Cyclist with tips from Boxing and Basketball!

Why Aerobic Athletes can Look to Other Sports, that Don’t have a Finish Line, for more Evidence!

APPLIED IT TO RUNNING: Brave Activated Across the Finish Line!

Feb. 3, 2019, I planned to run a 5km/3mile race here at the Run Surf City in Huntington Beach. I hadn’t done a fun run of any length in over 10 years and didn’t get much running integrated into my regular workout schedule.  Fortunately, the race was after I wrote this article! What I can tell you, is that applying the concepts in this cycling article, and thinking BOXING from my sessions with my PFT, helped me get that sprint across the finish line!

I never stopped once and beat my goal of a 13min/mile with a final 00:11:07 min/mile pace and a race time of 00:34:28! 

BOXING:

ARTICLE EXCERPT: For example, my boxing Coach Justin Radley, suggests that in boxing, “the hands are relaxed until you actually deliver the punch or strike. The power of the punch, supported by maximum efficiency in torque, is delivered by a coordinated movement between breath, core, posture and stance (i.e. foot position when shifting weight)”. In my experience with boxing, the nonstop ‘shoe shine’ combination with a 1-2 (i.e. jab and cross), is comparable to hand tension rates and transverse plane core performance with stable posture, to that of pedal strokes during powerful sprints in cycling. (VIDEO 1: with Coach Justin Radley (IG @onthegofitnesstrain) and VIDEO 2: with Heavyweight Golden Gloves Champion Derick Taylor (IG @chocolateghost).

 

BASKETBALL:

ARTICLE EXCERPT: If an athlete were to activate PFT at its elite level for explosive repetitive power, but wishes to stay silent, there is an option for the vocal cords to approximate similarly to a voicing posture, while not actually needing to make sound (i.e. the “silent grunt”). The ability to posture the vocal cords with the articulators (i.e. primarily the tongue and jaw position) to mimic voicing but not make sound, necessitates for a more advanced recruitment of musculature than the Bubble Cheek™ exhale due to a need for more overall stability, strength and power to facilitate the increased subglottal, ITP, and IAP pressures. A progression of this, can be seen in images of elite athletes with their tongues sticking out of their mouths. One of the best basketball players of all time, legend Michael Jordon was known for sticking his tongue while playing. LeBron James with his cheeks Bubbled! And Kerri Walsh Jennings with her Tongue Sticking out too!

Did you ever notice how these elite Cyclists Stick Their Tongues Out!

See Thumbnails and Link to Article Below:

4th Article rev. CYCLING Power in the Bubble Cheek – CY – Dr. Veera Asher KPERFORM

Bekham and Bolt: The Relevance of the BUBBLE CHEEK™ in Soccer

Hello Everyone!

Here is my latest article on Power Development focusing on Joint Performance and Speed for Soccer!

Hopefully you’ve read Articles #1 on Baseball and #2 on Volleyball on how my Precision Form Training™’s (PFT) BUBBLE CHEEK™ is relevant for general power development and mid-air explosive power, respectively. Reading the articles in sequence may help transition you from learning about new terms to more technical language of this article for soccer. If you are all about Basketball, then there’s something in this article for you too! Actually, although the three articles reference specific sports, the individual performance skills  can be optimized and relevant for any related human performance activity.

The final and 4th article will be for Cycling on percussive breathing for Power Development focusing on torque and transverse plane movement, inclusive of fine motor control. Gamers and ESport athletes will benefit from these articles as well!

As a Strength and Conditioning Specialist who is both coach and scientist, I am grateful for fellow colleagues and coach-geeks, who further contribute to these articles. Please see below a BONUS EXERCISE using the BUBBLE CHEEK™ on Improving Speed with Flying Curved Sprints by Matt Hank, MS, CSCS, USAW.

Bolt

For Dr. Veera’s Article and Coach Hanks Speed Drill, please see: SR 23-1 (1) Dr. Veera Article and Matt Hank Speed Bonus

For Full Article, please see link: SR 23-1 (1)

30 Years Later, High School Best Friends Discover a New Connection with the BUBBLE CHEEK™

A Special Thank you to Publisher Ken Kontor, a Charter and Founding Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), for his interest and continued support in publishing my original work. 

Power in the BUBBLE CHEEK™: Performance and Leadership were our passions when we were young. She was 6’1.5″ and I was 5’2.5″. We played sports together, we sang together, and aside from having a lot of fun through our adventures and competitions in Prince George and British Columbia, we learned a lot from each other in those High School years. This is more than a coincidence, it is a gift!

I dedicate this article to all BFFs!

Personal Anecdote: I grew up with my best friend in High School being one of the top volleyball players in our city and region. Upon graduation she went on to accomplish so much more in both sports and leadership. Marinda Ashman is an Alumni volleyball player, BYU 1987-1991, earning multiple honors: player of the week, all conference, and all-American nominee. Ashman is a former coach for the NCAA and NAIA in both college and club. Having completed a Master of Education (MEd) in Health, PE, and Recreation (HPER), from Utah state university (USU), she is now a tenured Associate Professor in the department of Student Leadership and Success Studies at Utah Valley University (UVU).

So, it only seems fitting that Professor Ashman was my go-to, to ask if she knew anyone who did a Bubble Cheek™ when they would spike or hit in volleyball, and if they knew why they did it. It was to both of our surprise, when she said that she herself bubbled her cheeks when she played, but never planned to. It just happened naturally! Marinda Ashman (neé Gorbahn) is the first elite athlete I ever knew and got to observe up close in High School, her approach to training and her performance in competition. I’m excited to feature photos of her in my first ever article on Precision Form Training™ (PFT) for Volleyball power development and midair explosive power. Figures 1 and 2 Marinda Ashman (neé Gorbahn). 

READ FULL ARTICLE: See Thumbnails Below.

For FULL Publication, please request @ KPERFORM.com using Contact Form

Stay Tuned for Soccer and Cycling!

Read BASEBALL!

Elite Singer of the 21st Century

Thank you to MusiCares for their continued support and encouragement, and for allowing me the opportunity to support their organization as a MusiCares Provider.

It is great to get my first article published during this exciting time of collaboration in live performing arts!

Dr. Veera Khare Asher, flying on harness and wire!