The genMAX Model: Step-by-Step

Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Light and Ivica Zubac of the Lakers Warm Up for an NBA game in Denver

If you haven't read Part 1 or Part 2 of the genMAX Series yet, make sure you start there.

Complexity is the enemy of execution.

Behind the genMAX model is a TON of complexity. Their is advanced neuroscience, gait mechanics, exercise physiology, detailed anatomy and real-life case studies but the application is simple. It has to be. If the model is complex, it becomes harder to find success and at 4A, SUCCESS IS REQUIRED.

There are only three boxes that need to be checked in order to reach your genMAX.

1. The Brain: This is the big one. This is where we introduce to you the neural emergency brake. Most of us have felt that feeling of driving in your car and something just feels off. A few minutes goes by before you realize you're riding with the e-brake on. The same thing is happening in your brain. Based on the amount of threat in your current environment, your brain will either decide to give you all of your resources (no threat) or push down on the e-brake (some or a lot of threat). 

The brain will determine how much threat exists, by the information it collects through our senses.

To achieve your genMAX, you have to manipulate those inputs to produce the output that you want. We have to make sure the e-brake is off when we need it to be. 

In order to manipulate these inputs, you have to know how the sensory system works. And that's the first thing we will teach you at genMAX.

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Kansas City Royals Pitcher Brad Keller Showing Great Single Leg Stance Movement

2. Single Leg Stance: Simply put, this is your ability to stand on one leg correctly. The right muscles need to be on, while another set of muscles need to be off. You need to breathe properly (yes, breathing isn't as easy as it sounds) and you must understand some anatomical secrets about the human body.

Every athletic event, as well as every function of the body happens in what I call, Dynamic Expression of Single Leg Stance.  This is just your ability to stand on each leg properly and transition from one to the other.

Think about some sports here...

  • Golf: Backswing goes into right single leg stance (for righties) and finishes over the left leg.
  • Baseball: Pitchers stand tall on one leg before pushing off the rubber to land on the other.
  • Running: Constant alternation of each leg

If you don't own single-leg stance, can you really reach the mountain-top?

3. Strength & Conditioning: This is the easy part. If you can follow the steps above, now it's just plug and play. Use all of the training principles that we know and love but just choose the ones that fit with the neurology and single leg stance. 

You can probably start to realize that single leg and single arm exercises are probably best if we need to be great in single leg stance. But what about energy systems and all three planes of movement? Are you solid on those? This is final piece of the genMAX experience.

Are you ready to elevate yourself? Save your seat for the next genMAX here.

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