By 18, he had 3 surgical knee alterations and decided to quit basketball. Driven to heal himself naturally, Ben experimented with unorthodox methods and was introduced to Charles Poliquin's "knees over toes" training techniques - something prohibited in college sports. Despite criticisms, Ben kept doing his training and regained his athleticism. At 21, he was offered a full-ride basketball scholarship and transformed his basketball career. Not long after, Ben needed to let go of a full-ride D1 scholarship because of NCAA eligibility rules. Not to mention his strength coach then was against his knees over toes training, too.
Now in his 30s, Ben has a record-breaking 42-inch vertical jump even elite NBA players find hard to top. On a mission to educate people and alleviate the epidemic of knee surgeries, he spends countless hours producing free content and designing programs based on the knees over toes approach. Ben's methods focus on transforming one's athleticism by strengthening the body from the ground up, which means re-integrating the toes, feet, ankles, and the anterior tibialis. He explains why we need to practice walking backward and reveals the secrets to pain-free knees by doing backward sled drags and split squats.
Our conversation gets more personal as Ben reveals the driving force behind his epic wins and how he deals with pain and failures. He also looks back on his battle with depression and painkiller addiction and shares the most important lesson he learned from it.
What we discuss:
00:00 - Introduction to Ben Patrick
4:00 - What does "knees over toes" training mean?
8:50 - Reversing pain through manual therapy
13:00 - Exercises to banish your knee pain & reveal your weak spots
16:20 - What split squats are for & why you need to work on your anterior tibialis
18:15 - How to drastically improve your vertical leap & dunk like the world's top jumpers
20:00 - How to relieve tight hip flexors + Glute workout that’s perfect for the elderly
22:20 - No-nonsense tips to staying driven & motivated
27:00 - The "Sled" Metaphor: How to find light in your life's darkest moments
31:00 - Debunking popular myths about movement & sports training
33:50 - Why you need both strength & flexibility in sports & life
36:20 - Training advice for athletes & sports enthusiasts
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