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™.

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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

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!

OBSERVING EXERCISE for YOU:

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!

ORIGINAL BLOG:

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!

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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). 

OR

  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. 

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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