Michael Degnen – Biohacker!
Biohacking is what originally led me to Core Naturopathics; the technology they have is cutting edge and there aren’t many places around that are doing what they are – locally and even globally.
I initially met the team when I came for a consult with an interest in using the HOCATT and the IMRS mat. And the rest is history!
We’re all so unique and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another, so there is a lot of personalisation for people with programs, but this scratches a curious itch within me.
My experience in the wellness arena is broad and varied but can be succinctly broken down into the areas of personal training, coaching and biohacking:
Around a year and a half ago I stumbled across a course ran by Dr John Rusin, the PPSC (Pain-free Performance Specialist Certification). John’s dad sustained a back injury which resulted in a rapid decline in health, and I could tell that he was very passionate about breaking this cycle.
His approach has now formed the foundations for how I train people, it’s an incredibly thorough systems approach to training incorporating a comprehensive warm up and activation drills to prep the body and include the 5 main movement patterns of squat, hinge, pull, push and carry.
With set progressions that I’ve found incredibly useful, I’ve had the pleasure of running many people through this way of training with great results and feedback. Most of my client’s dislike gyms and/or have had bad experiences with training, and I take great pleasure in changing this.
Personally, I’ve had a few injuries in the past and quite a lot of wear and tear on my body from working as a tradesman and training/competing in martial arts, since training in this way I’ve been injury free and managed to measurably reduce the pain I previously had.
I’ve recently completed a 9-month ICF (international Coaching Federation) certified coaching course with the Human Potential Institute.
Coaching is currently unregulated, and the term coach gets thrown around a lot. Currently you can take a 2-day course, skip the course and just call yourself a coach. Best to search for a course that’s certified with one of the few coaching accreditation bodies. The other accreditation bodies that I’m aware of alongside ICF are The International Association of Coaching (IAC) or the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
Coaching wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be, the ICF defines coaching as, “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.”
Many people I talk to believe a coach is there to give advice and help “fix” a problem, I also felt this would be part of the skill set that I would obtain from the course. This could not have been further from the truth.
I spent the first half of my course learning to listen without trying to fix, which enabled me to ask more powerful questions. This led to interesting insights and further exploration around the topic the client had brought to the session.
By understand that people generally have the solutions to their problems already; partnering with them in thought-provoking conversation really helped to uncover these somewhat buried solutions. It’s a very interesting space to be in, and I’ve experienced this as client and coach.
My first introduction to biohacking was a podcast recommended from a massage therapist and friend Georgie, she’d been listening to Bulletproof radio with Dave Asprey for a little while and thought I could be interested. She was right, it was just what I was looking for.
In Dave’s words biohacking is “To change the environment outside of you and inside of you so you have full control of your biology, to allow you to upgrade your body, mind, and your life.”
It draws knowledge from many fields including Naturopathy, Meditation, Eastern Medicine, Western Medicine, The Sciences, Movement, Physical Therapy, Meditation and Mindfulness (the list is never ending) and incorporates technology, ancient wisdom, and supplementation.
The martial artist in me aligns it to what Bruce Lee did with the martial arts “absorb what’s useful and discard what’s useless” when he created his own martial art Jeet Kune Do.