Kyle Dobbs is the Founder and Owner of Compound Performance near St. Louis, Missouri. Compound Performance offers online training, facility consulting, and a personal trainer mentorship. Kyle has an extensive biomechanics and human movement background, which he integrates into his gym prescriptions to help athletes achieve their fullest movement and transferable strength potential. Kyle holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Purdue University. He has also earned two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in Pre-Med Biology from Evangel University and a second in Bio/Chem/Sports Medicine from Missouri State University.
David Grey is a biomechanics specialist and expert in injury rehabilitation and performance based in Ireland. He founded a company called David Grey Rehab, where he works with clients from all walks of life. David’s specialty is assessing his clients gait cycle in depth to develop a plan to help restore the movement or movements they struggle to perform. His work often starts with training the foot to re-experience the ingrained movements that it should access during every single footstep. David has learned under a number of great mentors in the world of human movement, athletic development, gymnastics, Chinese martial arts, and biomechanics. He is greatly influenced by the work of Gary Ward, the creator of “Anatomy in Motion.” He has developed a program called Lower Body Basics, designed to be a holistic lower-body strength and mobility program that helps his clients move efficiently and without pain.
Kyle and David give details on breathing, posture, and pressure dynamics and how these elements impact our movement and performance potential. They give their perspectives on how we “stack” and align our pressure centers and body structures and the potential impact on how well we can perform and be free of injury in the areas of lifting, running, and changing direction explosively. The duo discusses rib cage dynamics, breathing, and pressure management in context of crawling and running. They also touch on posture and training the frontal plane, and finish with some talk on the feet and plantar fasciitis, and thoughts on coaching preferential foot pressures in movement.
In this podcast, Kyle Dobbs, David Grey, and Joel discuss:
- How they look to explain and sequence breathing work within the course of a session.
- Ways to observe groups in crawling and locomotion exercises and make the connection between those movements and rib cage breathing action.
- How Kyle and David address the reciprocal action of the ribs seen in locomotion in breathing and breath work.
- How a “ribs first” mentality is critical when it comes to posture and spinal alignment.
- Thoughts on preferential pressures on different portions of the foot for athletic movements.