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February 2, 2022

Training Owen: Fragile X

Proprioceptive Loading

In this video we are carrying a 14 lb medicine ball through miniature obstacles. We slowly worked up to this combination over the past few months.

  • We started with just walking through the obstacles, over them, and around them. Then we crawled through them* (see below)
  • From there we did heavy carries in straight lines back and forth across the gym floor. We started with 4-6# med balls, then worked to 6-8# med balls, and are now up to 14# med balls.
  • Then we began combining the med ball carries through the obstacles.

Meet Owen, Owen is 9 years old and is one of the most fun clients I train in a week. He is funny, asks great questions, and works very hard. He loves trying new things and is getting stronger and more confident by the week. His goal when we started working out was to get stronger, lose weight, and improve the pain in his feet. But in the time we have been training, he has gained so much more. He has lost weight. He can shoot a basketball to a goal and he has new dreams of playing football.

A little about how the world describes Fragile X....

Fragile X Syndrome:

  • Developmental delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Social and behavior problems (such as not making eye contact, anxiety, trouble paying attention, hand flapping, acting and speaking without thinking, and being very active)

But NONE of these things slow us down. In our workouts we have slowly worked up to sensory loading through carrying and throwing medicine balls, heavy sled pushes, and heavy sled drags.

1) *Crawling is a very important developmental piece in the growth of the brain and body coordinating. I incorporate crawling in all of my workouts, adults and children, alike. But especially moreso in people with developmental delays. We work up to various distances, at first--crawling on our knees. Then we move to bear crawling (like shown). We crawl along jump ropes with different squiggle patterns. We crawl over miniature obstacles like hurdles or cones. We crawl sideways and backwards. I add time components into the crawling drills, as a last piece. (most people with developmental delays are NOT motivated by time)--so this won't work for all clients.

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