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

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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™.


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


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! 


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).



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.


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). 

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Stay Tuned for Soccer and Cycling!


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!

Grunting in Women’s Tennis…Why it can be Music to a Coach’s ear! Yet how a ‘Silent Grunt’ is preferred and possible with the PFT System.

Dear Readers! Okay, so while watching the 2018 Wimbledon Ladies Finals broadcast yesterday, and just after returning from the NSCA National Conference [National Strength & Conditioning Specialists] I decided to re-post this blog I wrote in 2013.  Also, after extensive conversations with my fellow NSCA scientists and coaches I realized the PFT System that I created can offer something to consider when trying to understand how Physical POWER and all things related (explosive, repetitive, RFD) can be further assessed with the sound of your voice [aka GRUNTING]. Vocalizing or grunting is powered by your Breath-Core Coordination in sympathetic mode! and oh ya, did I mention, there’s a cognitive performance enhancement [i.e. reaction and response time improvement] that may come as an added benefit!


1. Watch the video below.

2. Then read the blurb below as to what I think you should assess,

3. and then observe again.

2018 Wimbledon Ladies finals! When I watch, or should I say also LISTEN to, in ladies tennis, one can’t help notice the loud vocalizing. And yes, I do hear it as vocalizing vs. grunting. From my experience and expertise with the PFT System, adding listening to one’s observing can help assess how efficient the player is with respect to their Center of Pressure (i.e. an Object’s [i.e. the Player’s] Center of Mass over Base of Support). Putting COP on the list of factors that affect athletic performance and how it asserts the scale of optimization of an athlete’s performance level, can be a game changer!

***Watch the video again****, observe by also listening to the audible output with its variances in even vocal styles between athletes. Know that, when considering the PFT System, it can tell us a lot about each player’s breath-core-joint performance and overall repetitive power performance. But also pay attention in this specific long rally, to how the characteristics of each player’s ‘grunt’ are consistent in length, the range in pitch and the ‘loudness’. Although congratulations goes to Kerber for a win this year, I will have to say that in this particular example S. Williams was the winner for sustaining a power output for longer!

Having said that, the characteristics of the sound by Kerber identified when considering the PFT System, that she was actually more efficient in her Breath-Core power activation initially, while Williams was more successful at finding a more optimized activation that could sustain longer and more powerful at the end of her exhale/grunt!

IMPORTANT – “The SILENT GRUNT”: Although the Voicing/Grunting/Vocalizing seems like a unique parameter to measure, there is an option with the PFT System to get the same results without making sound! And in my opinion, a better option, since if one day you lose your voice or it hurts to phonate (i.e. vocalize or make sound with the vocal cords or vocal mechanism), then your performance will not get affected as a player!


Please read below on an original blog I posted back in 2013 when Grunting was at the forefront of the WTA. Hope this gives all of you players, coaches and sport scientists something to think about!

maria sharapova

Although some think that “grunting” in Women’s Tennis is cheating, with my work on the voice-core connection™ through The PFT System (formerly Pilates2Voice®), I can affirm that there is a valid connection between ‘grunting’ and ‘core performance.’ 

In a statement about this topic in Wikipedia: 

Some players and commentators have noted the connection with pro tennis trainer Nick Bollettieri, who has personally trained the majority of the controversially loud “grunters” including Larcher de Brito, Seles, Sharapova, Agassi, and the Williams sisters, leading to repeated accusations that he has been deliberately teaching grunting as a novel tactic in order to give his latest generation of students an edge in competitive play.[17]  Bollettieri has denied teaching grunting as a distraction tactic, and says grunting is natural, “I prefer to use the word ‘exhaling’. I think that if you look at other sports, weightlifting or doing squats or a golfer when he executes the shot or a hockey player, the exhaling is a release of energy in a constructive way.”[15]

Although the loud vocalizations have been described as “grunts”, after reviewing several female tennis players, I would prefer to differentiate the voicings as: the GRUNT (Serena)the SHRIEK (Sharapova); and the HOWL (Azarenka). As the creator of the PFT System (formerly Pilates2Voice®), I can assess from the style of a tennis player’s vocalization during a ‘hitting of the ball’, characteristics about the performance of her core/powerhouse, and more specifically, the transversus abdominis muscle!

The voicing commits one to exhale with force, otherwise known in singing as a forced expiratory breath. Sharapova’s growls register up to a 101 decibels, giving her ‘rock star’ status in my terms!

Admittedly if the grunting and growling continue without the ideal support for vocalization due to a less than optimal respiratory control, then it could possibly lead to overuse vocal injury. So instead of criticizing the players for competitive distraction tactics, it’s best to give the player a reason to ‘change’ behavior to improve pulmonary function/control and voicing, while at the same time, not compromise ‘core’ performance! 

There are two ways to do that:

  1. CHANGE GROWL TO HOWL: change the low grunt or growl into a healthy howl, minimizing the hard vocal onset (attack). 


  1. TAKE THE SOUND OUT: learn how to perform a non-phonatory voice-core strengthening™ exhale (e.g.The PFT System’s Bubble Cheek exercise)

While watching Azarenka’s latest win against Serena Williams at the Qatar Open, it led me to support her way of HOWLING! With the long high to low voicing, her core performance is heads and shoulders above the ‘short burst grunters’. They call it a grunt, but I don’t hear it as one, as the howl is a sound we make in singing training.  She herself has both the growl and the howl, but it was the howl that peaked a musical ear, and was sampled and remixed in a song by LMFAO’s Redfoo. Read About Victoria Azarenka’s Redfoo song!

In summary, on a personal level, I too used to be a grunter when I played recreational tennis. As a professionally trained opera singer, I had to make a change because I felt my voice was getting fatigued after a game. 

Now having developed and sustained a strong PFT voice-core connection when hitting the ball, I can both save my voice, and power the ball across the net, without any distraction to my opponent. 

Feel free to comment or ask questions!
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With much enthusiasm and for the greater good!
‘per il bene più grande’
your Opera Singer and Strength Coach, 
Dr. Veera Khare Asher


#Unexpected & #Underestimated


📷 @acefotopro

Truth is non-negotiable. From Gandhi to @garyvee.

As @shondarhimes expresses. “If I don’t poke my head out of my shell and show people who I am, all anyone will ever think I am is my shell.”

For me, truth is necessary for freedom and progress! My father’s side of the Khare family shared with me how my grandfather, my Ba Ba, came to know Gandhi, and they told me stories about his time working with him. This led me to learning more about Gandhi through his writing. I found his explanations helped me to understand better why truth is so important to me professionally and personally.

“What is truth? A difficult question, but I have solved it for myself, by saying that it is what the voice within tells you….There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness…The law of truth is merely understood to mean that we must speak the truth.But we understand the word in a much wider sense. There should be truth in thought, truth in speech, and truth in action.” M. K. Gandhi. 

The best truths in my opinion, come from any human who has already changed the world. My first acting job was at a historical theme park in Canada where I got to play Nellie McClung and give her famous ‘mock parliament’ speech where she was advocating for women to get the vote. Today, now in the US, I have learned a lot about the amazing work of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and how she’s made progress with a quieter approach but still keeping a strong voice. I especially like her quote that reflects the truth between her mother’s generation and hers. “What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a Supreme Court justice? One generation.”

As an entrepreneur, and founder of a start-up, there is a critical part of my life, like most entrepreneurs, that is so hard to describe or explain to whose who are not entrepreneurs. I discovered an article that encapsulates the overall experience of an  entrepreneur and why we choose to do it. And choose is the operative word. The author also quotes Hemingway by saying, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Link to Article 

So at the beginning of my journey to being amplified via online platforms, from Instagram, to twitter, Facebook and this blog, but most importantly, YouTube, I had to start brave, and I mean really brave. In order to be a YouTuber, my Gen Z junior executive Tapiwa Karen Tafa decided I needed to start with the truth as to why I had to get amplified online in the first place. So I did. It was the first time as a Gen X, I felt that immense ‘fear’ of being out there on the internet for anyone and everyone to hear my truth as to “Why am I not successful yet?”

Due to my pioneering research and invention, a disruptor to more than one industry, and admittedly doing it all (which isn’t supposed to be possible), I inevitable became unexpected and underestimated…until, of course, when I become successful anyways!

#ruthbaderginsburg@notoriousrbg #NellieMcClung#GenerationHuman#UnexpectedUnderestimated #ActivateYourBrave #entrepreneur #DoingItAll #GenHuman



     📷 @acefotopro


I wrote the poem “Wo/Man vs. Mountain” almost 2 years ago. Reading it again, it was an affirmation for me that “I am READY”

Wo/Man vs. Mountain. 
Woman standing in front of mountain, breath shallow, stomach knotted,
Woman needs to move mountain,
Woman runs up mountain, hard and steady…mountain presents obstacles and just doesn’t budge,
Woman makes it to the peak of the mountain … She is breathing heavy, but deep, every heart’s beat is like a powerful stroke that explodes aggressively throughout her body
She stands taller on the top of the mountain.

She stops- listens- looks – and prays.
She observes – up, down and all around 360 degrees – she absorbs the mountain.
She is one with the mountain. No pain.
Then the mountain speaks. “You still do not fear me even while knowing that where you are standing, if I do move- you may fall – you can die.
You are like so many who have tried to move me.
But. . . you like no other, you felt with every step, every breath, I am already always moving,

To move with me, rather than against me, you became warrior & saint, and vulnerable like a tiny bird who just learned to fly in strong winds.
When you run back down, resist the earth’s pull, and in that resistance – you will find your pace.

In every suspended moment with each stride, like the dual swing of a pendulum, you will find a peace.
When you reach the bottom – you will close your eyes- you will see
Me- the MOUNTAIN – but just how small I am, against the great SKY and vast OCEAN.”

-by Veera Khare Asher


SET. . .

“If you want to be Extraordinary, you have to be Brave”

It’s time for me to learn from my own advice. In my work as a performance coach, I see every individual as having something extraordinary! So what’s the formula to Being Brave?

Brave = Be Confident + Be Focused + Be Intuitive
(1) Confident: Say “I Believe in Myself” before you try anything. Repeat this, especially when you are doubting yourself. It’s vital that you start at a point of confidence.

(2) Focus:“Do Your Homework”. Invest time into learning, training and getting expert skills. This will allow you to give your best self to any project or team.

(3) Intuitive (something nobody ever really explained to me on how to develop): “Learn to develop and trust your ‘gut-feeling’”. It may not always be right, but it’s important to know that it sometimes manifests as ‘emotion’….”oh dear” 🙄 – However if you can do math problems while you feel and express that emotion, you know you are in a logical mind and will discover a way to make good decisions that include your intuition.


Now that you know one formula for Brave, then Extraordinary becomes very possible!
. . .

GO. . . 
Take the risk even with the possibility of failure.

After you have embraced the READY, and committed to the SET. . . then GO!
GO and practice your skill, hone your art, and start the process of ‘playing’ with trial and error, as that is when you create the most potential for incredible discoveries to happen.
Go, and keep going! Keep being Possible!

#BeBrave #KeepLearning #keepgrowing #entrepreneur 📷 @acefotopro

~Dr. Veera