Here at EDU we get welcomed with #greatness, #energy and #madluv 4-5 times per week by 3 amazing individuals…….Grant, Shawn and OBIEONE!
The path has been set, the goals are creeping closer and the work is being put in. We are so ready for the challenge Grant, Shawna and I have set. Lets ROLL!
Marc Digesti USAW | Director of Performance at PerformancEDU
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Marc Digesti USAW | Founder and Director of Performance
Mission Statement: PerformancEDU’s training philosophy is to examine the human body through movement and implement ways to decrease injury and increase performance. PerformancEDU evaluates the body while relating to functional movement, understands the bodies directional movement patterns, and prescribe and implement specific movements and progressions to maximize athletic performance in sport and life.
PerformancEDU remains true to the education placed on performance during each session. PerformancEDU will provide you with the tools you need to perform at the highest level in life or on the field. PerformancEDU is dedicated to helping others by:
- Improving performance
- Decreasing injury potential
- Motivating through education
The PT Transition Model would include a 4-6 week transition program post clearance from the PT which include:
- Objective Numbers
- Collaboration between PT and PerformancEDU through weekly reports
- Functional Movement Screen
- Performance Evaluation based on movement quality
- Quality of movement patterns (mechanics)
- Body Composition
- Body Fat Testing through 7 site caliper pinch
- Documentation of weight
- Findings will determine the optimal training strategy for each client
- Activity will be broken down into Phases 1,2,3 (wk 1-4):
- Glute Activation
- Movement Prep
- Pillar Strength
- Energy System Development
- Activity will be broken down into Phases 1,2,3 (wk 1-4):
- Attention to Detail
- Evaluate patients understanding
- Engage the patient
- Cueing the patient
- Modification of the movement
- Quality over Quantity
- Determining the most effective modifications
- Cueing the patient
What are we going to prepare the client with?
- Improve Performance
- Lifestyle Enhancement
- Decrease Injury Potential
- Lifestyle Enhancement
- Motivate through Education
- Creating success
- Work to Success
- Attaining Goals
For more information regarding EDU’s PT Transition Program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childhood is very difficult for anyone going through elementary, middle school and jr. high. Mine was especially difficult because I was 50+ pounds overweight. The physical and emotional strain which was placed upon me from 3rd until 8th grade was extremely difficult for any child to understand and process. The way classmates teased you, the taunts during sporting activities, the stares from other parents, the inability to play certain sports because the weight exceeded the standards, the way a stomach hangs over a belt–but the toughest part was seeing myself in the mirror because all I saw was a failure and a coward looking back at me. I frequently asked God “why did You make me like this? When is the taunting, teasing, stares and emotional pain going to stop?”
During my 8th grade year I was at my heaviest weight. I was 5’7, 198 pound 12 year old. Something needed to change with my lifestyle or my health would start to deteriorate. That Christmas, my parents decided to hire a personal trainer. I began to workout 3x per week with my personal trainer and after 3 months I had lost 20lbs. I surely was not the same weight as my classmates, but I was off to great start and I quickly learned that my training, weight loss, self-esteem, and emotional ability to deal with the ups and downs depended heavily on having another person take this journey with me, lead me, and always be the one to hold me accountable.
During the time I worked with a personal trainer, I started what I called “10 year goal” for myself. The “10 year goal” is very straight forward and simple:
“In the next 10 years I am going to:”
- create a healthy lifestyle
- a healthy lifestyle creates more energy
- more energy creates better programs
- better programs leads to enhanced physical and emotional health
- physical and emotional health creates greatness in yourself and inspires others
Playing professional baseball since 2003 I have learned the importance of keeping your body in the best physical shape possible. To compete at the highest level it takes a lot more than just physical talent. The importance of staying healthy while not breaking down can be the difference from someone making it and someone not because of injuries and the body breaking down. Unfortunately, as I was on the cusp of reaching my life long dream of making it to the big leagues my shoulder and hips gave out causing me to not be my best and eventually get shoulder surgery. In my mind it was going to be no big deal get the surgery and come back in 8-12 months and be right back where I left off. Unfortunately it was not that easy!! I made my first attempt to comeback in the summer of 2010 while playing in the Atlantic league. After just 2 starts I realized I came back a little too soon and my body and shoulder where just not ready for top notch competition yet. But to me it was very frustrating because off all the hard work I put in and what I thought was getting into top shape.
I came back to Reno in September of 2010 with questions of hanging them up in my head but I knew deep down inside that I still had a lot left in my shoulder and body. Luckily for me that is when I saw Marc Digesti out at a Reno High fall baseball practice. Needless to say looking back on that day it is the day that saved my life!! I have trained with some of the best trainers in the country in San Diego and after working with Marc aka “bubba” he is no doubt on a whole new level when it comes to getting the body to WORK!!! What I first noticed about Bubba is his passion and love for what he does! Not only is he the most knowledgable trainer I have worked with when it comes to logic and how to get your body to work together; but knowing he cares and wants to see you succeed and reach your goals just as bad as you do is something I respect and value tremendously!! After just 2 months of working with Bubba I lost 10% body fat while losing 25 pounds of fat and gaining 10 pounds of lean body muscle!!! And the best part about it was my strength in my hips and core allowed to to take all the pressure off my arm. I am in the best shape of my life today and I will continue to get better because of the knowledge Bubba has given me. He is not just a good fitness trainer he is a great person, a great teacher and a better friend! I have all the confidence in the world that I will one day reach my goal of playing baseball at the highest level and I will never forget how Bubba has made it possible. I highly recommend Bubba for anyone who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle or simply trying to get the edge on your competition as an athlete!!
I came across a testimonial I wrote for TRX a while back I would like to share:
While with the US Disabled Ski team, I had great pleasure in being taught from one of the best in skiing, Kurt Smitz. Kurt and I spent long hours discussing what type of equipment would work best for the amount of traveling the team would be doing, but most importantly how we could incorporate ski specific movements into a program with limited space domestically and internationally.
Alpine skiing emphasizes core movements, which are critical in the adjustment and maintenance of the skiers center of mass. As such a dynamic sport, the movements of skiing involve vertical, lateral and rotational planes of movement. The TRX suspension trainer allows the athletes to incorporate both isolation of a movement, multiple applications of a movement, while using ones own body weight to balance in an efficient training model. Training all of these movements during a certain program, will allow the athlete to visualize themselves being in a race condition. The TRX is an invaluable resource in the world of Alpine Skiing.
Marc Digesti USAW
Founder of PerformancEDU
As a long time, part time athlete who is nearing 40, PerformancEDU has been my saving grace. Marc Digesti founder of PerformancEDU is a stickler for details and fun. He looked at my body, incorporated my lifestyle and previous training into a concise fun and very helpful workout regime. I love our mornings together as there is always some new exercise or training technique that I am taught. He sees the big picture, my core, my hips/glutes and my back feel better than ever before…this is not the typical training I have received before. This is a way to awaken my younger side. I feel better, I look better and I am fired up on continuing the journey with Marc and PerformancEDU.
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Check out the article written on “Moguls Made Easy,” where PerformancEDU’s very own Marc Digesti of Reno/Tahoe was quoted in EAS’s online publication.
Whether it be the youth, high school, collegiate, professional or recreational athlete, most individuals that devote two to four times per week to training undoubtedly want to lower their chances of sporting injury. Injuries negatively affect individual goals due to decreased performance, strength and fitness. The net result is increased recovery time, which can diminish the amount of total time an athlete can spend training for and competing in athletic activities. This not only takes a psychological toll on an athlete; it can lead to long-term health problems that affect the way they live out their daily life for years to come.
Sport scientists suggest that common athletic injuries could be reduced by 25% if the athlete would take the appropriate measures to prevent them from ever occurring. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Nationally, over 775,000 children under the age of 15 are treated in hospital emergency departments for sports related injuries each year
- About 80 percent of these injuries are from football, basketball, baseball, or soccer.
- Most sports related injuries in children- about two-thirds- are sprains and strains. Only 5% of sports injuries in children involve broken bones.
As an athlete yourself or the parent of an athlete, now comes the important question: “How do I best go about limiting the chance of injury?”
The most important tool each and every training session can provide an athlete is education. Education is a powerful tool, but not every athlete can be educated in the same manner. Evaluating an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses during sport-specific movements is essential to teaching proper mechanics because proper mechanics (1) enables proper motor development for future drills and movements and (2) decreases injury through overuse.
Strength in 3 Dimensions
Through my years of experience working with and training athletes, I have learned how to evaluate the body in a 3-dimensional format. Doing so allows me to assess the body from the shoulders, core and hips. This is a center point from which we move and if these three areas are not correctly aligned, then it impedes an athlete’s ability to transfer energy during a cut on the field or going for a rebound on the court. Moreover, and just as important, an athlete lacking strength in these areas increases his or her chances of injury in the lower back, knee, hip, shoulder, and neck.
Shoulder stability is very important not just for athletes competing in throwing activities, but for everyone competing in life. The shoulder is made up of the humerous, scapula and clavicle, which collectively is referred to as the “shoulder girdle.” Every athlete comes into an assessment with different imbalances, but there are a high percentage of athletes and general population clients that tend to be weak in the upper back. These individuals tend to have their chest and shoulders rolled and “slumped” forward. This causes their rotator cuff region to weaken and increases the risk of injury in the future. By learning how to bring their shoulders back and down, athletes can strengthen their upper back for injury prevention and proper posture.
Core stability is a major factor in the 3-Dimensional strength concept. The core consists of the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, latisimus dorsi, erector spinae, and many smaller muscles that stabilize our bodies and keep our posture erect. A weak core often contributes to back pain, which could lead to chronic back problems.
Hips can be a major cause of injury due to tightness and the lack of stability throughout the hip region. The cause of many hip injuries is our body’s inability to recruit the proper muscles from the pelvic region to support the movement placed upon the hips.
Prehabilitation (“prehab”) is an area we do not stress enough of in sports. Unfortunatly, many athlete know all too well about post-injury and post-operation rehabilitation. However, “prehab” emphasizes strengthening the smaller, supporting muscle groups of the larger muscle groups before an injury may occur. Prehab exercises strengthen the shoulders, core and hips. Strengthening these areas will not just prevent injury and prolong your season, but it will improve posture, which will allow you to move more efficiently in your sport.
During time away from training, athletes are usually in the classroom or behind the computer typing papers. During this activity, the athlete places great stress upon the lower back due to flexing of the lower back (hunching over). This causes the hips to become static and less mobile. Prehab exercises work both the core and the hips to allow each of them to become more stable and mobile resulting in proper pelvis alignment. In a sound Prehab regimen, you will also strengthen the supporting muscles in your upper back. This approach will improve your posture and allow the shoulder joint to move freely as it was made to do.
According to Mark Verstegen’s Core Performance, the preemptive protection of your shoulders, lower back, and hips ultimately improves your life: About 65 percent of injuries, both athletic and lifestyle related, come from the repetitive use of joints that are rendered dysfunctional by muscular imbalance (i.e. overuse).
By educating one’s self, training the body in all 3 dimensions, and incorporating Prehab into daily training sessions, an individual can deter injury and stay healthy and consistent day in and day out. But most importantly, following this path will place an individual in a position to excel and surpass the competition.
Marc Digesti USAW
Founder of PerformancEDU
One of the many reason’s why performance training is so rewarding, you get to train so many types of individuals from all backgrounds. Training ex-athletes during their middle age years is just like training them while in their prime, but the body may be a bit more broken down from the wear and tear of sport. The area which never changes, their competitive nature. Brian Mozur brought his competitive nature to each individual session at Core Performance Center. His goals were very simple, gain more mobility through his hips for his golf swing and stimulate his VMO for stability while he is getting into the right and left footers on the hill.
“I had the pleasure and the privilege to train with Marc for over a year at Core Performance. Being very intuitive, knowledgeable, creative, and possessing the ability to explain the structure of the anatomical movements along with the direction one should be taking to obtain their gains and goals is only part of his great aptitude. He’s a great person, a fantastic motivator, a lot of fun, and is missed. Thanks again Marc! “