FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Evolution Code?
The Evolution Code is a highly sophisticated system developed by Jay Schroeder over the course of the last 35+ years. It is focused on efficiency of human movement achieved by optimizing the neurological / physiological communication.
How does the Evolution Code work?
It works by incorporating high intensity to supra-intensity routines for specific durations, in a specific order.
What is Neurological Training?
Neurological Training is the preparation of the nervous system[s] to efficiently send information from muscles, organs and other systems to the brain and back. Neurological Training also ensures that the information is understood by the brain in a timely manner so the appropriate response can take place. This is critical for athletic performance because it allows the athlete to respond naturally and instantly to the stimuli of his or her sport.
What kind of results should I expect from this type of training?
Your results will depend upon both your level of participation and the level of support you provide. How diligently and completely do you participate, i.e., Do you skip sessions? Do you participate each day physiologically, intellectually, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually? Equally important is how you support the Code with other areas of your life, including: proper sleep and dream cycles, proper nutritional intake, appropriate breathing, etc. For more than 35 years, we have observed that with proper participation and support, the Evolution Code will produce results superior to any other training program available. The Code will provide the athlete the opportunity to prepare to display and recover from elite performance, as well as allow for proper adaptation so that the display can be replicated as desired all while increasing your resistance to injury.
Why is the EVO System better than traditional strength training?
The Evo Code is more effective than other training programs because it is truly a system rather than just a series of exercises and movements associated with performance (e.g., throwing, running, jumping). Sports performances today are generally inconsistent and unpredictable with a high propensity for injury. This is due to traditional training’s narrow focus on movements associated with performance. The Evo system instead focuses on the totality of what it is to be a human being, and allows for the human to live and display at the highest levels. In essence, the Code allows one to prepare to recover from elite display, not for elite display
Compared to traditional strength training, will my strength gains be more or less?
As referenced above, if participation and support are present, the Evolution Code affords you the opportunity to achieve results that are not only higher than traditional training, but achieved in a shorter time frame.
What are the drawbacks to traditional strength training for preparing me for on field performance?
Most training “programs” allow for extreme compromise to position, or compensation from the muscles used to execute the appropriate actions. Order, sequence, duration and frequency of most traditional training can also be a contributing factor to this compromise, as the compensatory actions are now being supported. If you train to move inappropriately, or allow this compensatory action, you should expect to see the same on the field of play. You will not move as humans are intended, thus you will not be able to repeatedly perform at maximum efficiency. As importantly, you will also be much more susceptible to injury.
How does training in the EVO System prevent injury?
When muscles can lengthen and shorten properly, at a high rate of speed, it allows for the ability to either eliminate compensatory action, or for the brain to recognize when a compensatory action has been initiated so that it can correct it before it wreaks havoc. This is the key to lowering the risk of injury. The Code trains muscle groups to work together properly so that this lengthening and shortening happens appropriately.
What do you do with the assessment information and how is that relevant to my program development?
In order to move forward with regard to adaptation, all aspects of one’s life must be prepared. Everything must be in place to allow recovery from a display. The major reason people have such inconsistent performance in sport display is the lack of support developed to recover from a display. The Code Assessment looks at the totality of the level of support each of your bodily systems can provide. The individual results from each segment of the Assessment mean nothing by themselves; it is the relationship of the information that is asked for in the assessment that allows the starting point and creation of the plan to move forward. If only 1 area of say 10, was lacking then your overall performance would be regulated to this low level. The Assessment thus allows for identification of the areas of deficiency that are inhibiting elite display. As we all have seen in ourselves, you may bench more, or run faster, or jump higher in a given session. It is then assumed that this is now our new level, or that adaptation has occurred. It is not true, as you are equally prone to sessions that you may not be able to demonstrate this again. It is simply due to not having all areas of support developed to recover from a display.
Can I reassess at some later point in time?
You will be reassessed prior to beginning each month’s training program. Your assessment will help us determine the optimum program for you to participate in that month.
What are the differences between Code 1, 2 and 3?
CODE 1 Designed to be a supplemental program to enhance anything you are currently doing for training. It will provide Neurological Training stimulus that you may be missing in your current program.
CODE 2 Comprehensive program for teams to correct flaws or patterns developed during improper training and result in marked performance improvements, with the option to transition to the individual Excel program at discount.
CODE 3 An advanced stand-alone program based on information collected from a written and video assessment. This individualized program is designed to prepare you for increased neurological communication and stimulus interpretation by the brain.
Is it reasonable to expect my speed or strength to improve if I add a “Boost” to my program?
Boost programs are available in conjunction with your Code 3 program. They will boost the specific display you are working on.
What is a reflex pattern or a reflex arc?
Reflexes are basically any number of automatic muscular movements that happen because of messages that are transmitted from one place to another in response to a particular external stimulation. This transmission happens along the arc itself, e.g. when you touch a hot stove you immediately pull away without thinking. Arcs are typically based in the spine or the brain, though there is no conscious control involved in either location. The biggest difference is location and proximity. Reflex arcs are usually shorter than longer pathways, and as a result those in the spine typically control responses in the larger muscles of the arms and legs, while those in the brain usually relate to the face.
How does training in the EVO System increase my “Cardio” when no cardio is prescribed?
Typically, unless you have been, ill, diseased or sedentary, your cardiovascular system is more than adequate to display endurance lasting longer than three minutes without interruption. The Evo system allows for the energy systems to be utilized in proper order to insure efficient display. In endurance events such as distance running, people very rarely fail due to cardio inefficiency, but they fail because they lose the ability to maintain proper position. For example, the ability to maintain upper torso / shoulder position, lift the leg to the proper height, extend the lower leg, pull down to have the foot in the proper position etc. Thus, they slow because they are covering less distance per stride, and due to these inappropriate positions, compensatory actions are created leading to more inefficiency. While this is an oversimplification of the process, the point is strength is the underlying factor to all other displays. Not how much weight you can lift, per se, but the ability to have balance between muscles and muscle groups so they can work in the proper order and thus display the proper type of contraction at the appropriate time, for the proper length of time, at the proper velocity, at the appropriate length in relationship to the other muscles and muscle groups.
Why is it important to breathe through the nose?
Breathing through the nose and filling the belly provides the best opportunity to supply the working muscles with the oxygen they need to be explosive. It also insures that the brain and other organs receive the oxygen they need to work appropriately.
Why should we breathe 4-1-8-1?
This diaphragmatic breathing (inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for one second, exhale for eight seconds, hold for one second and then repeat) insures that we are filling the lungs completely so that all cells throughout the body receive what they require. It also assists in syncing the physical aspects with the mental aspects of life.
Do I need to warm-up before I start my EVO program?
No. The way the Code's exercise movements are performed, the position one is in, as well as the order of the exercise movements meet the requirements of a “warm-up.” A warm-up should be of the same character as the display itself will require. Does jogging as a means to “warm-up” before running fast seem like the same character as sprinting? When the nervous system is dynamic, when muscles can lengthen to their maximum, when the energy systems are prepared to work in order, when the proper position allows for the proper relationship between muscles, you will be able to perform. Warming up as is typically seen actually slows the nervous system. Due to the lack of velocity with regard to the relationship of muscles shortening and lengthening, a warm-up allows for muscles to work in a manner that creates compensatory action. Are there some warm-up routines that meet this requirement? Of course. Most do not, and why spend the time if not necessary?
How does training in the EVO System increase flexibility when no stretch is prescribed?
Muscles contract in two ways: by shortening [concentrically] and by lengthening [eccentrically]. The ability to display strength, and control through the complete range of motion is dependent upon the ability of the muscles to lengthen and shorten maximally.
Why do I get the same work out two days in a row?
There will be many times when the same session is repeated two or more days in a row. This is based on what the desired adaptation is from the training stimulus. It may take more than a day’s work to provide the proper stimulus to the brain to respond appropriately.
What if I miss a day should I go back and do the missed day?
No, never go back. Doing so will throw off the timing of the recovery processes, and it takes five days to get back on target.
Does the EVO System develop my connective tissue differently than traditional strength training?
No, there is no way to do it differently. The Code simply allows its development and takes it into consideration at all times. The opportunity for this is paramount, so the protocols reflect it.
What should I eat when I am on the EVO program?
We provide eating guidelines. In general it is a high protein, high fat, and high vegetables plan.
I noticed a number of the workouts require me to hold in a position. What’s actually happening and why is it beneficial?
We never merely “hold” position - we continually pull toward the greatest joint angle. The terms “iso” and “hold” are used to confuse those that do not participate with everything they have in the complete system. As prior mentioned, training is as intellectual as it is physical. The use of this term stimulates the intellectual participation necessary to achieve results.
How can I get benefits from doing just 5/10/15 mins per day?
Results are achieved by producing the proper stimulus, at the proper time for the appropriate duration in the correct position to stimulate the brain to understand that it must adapt to be able to endure the rigors of the display and the rigors of recovery from the display. Almost everyone trains for the display. The Code prepares us to recover from it. We are capable of display far beyond that which we currently perform. We simply get in our own way. Evo allows for the opportunity to eliminate our own self-inflicted interruptions and obstacles that prevent elite display and recovery.
Can I build muscle training in the EVO System?
Of course! Though it isn't always prudent to add muscular size. The goal is to always allow for the proper level of muscle to fat ratio, but more importantly allow the muscles to understand and be able to fulfill their role when called upon during a display. Big muscle does not mean you are stronger, or faster, or more explosive; size can actually have a negative effect.
What is RTS?
Reflex Transition Stimulation. Simply put, RTS allows us to realign reflex patterns and reflex arcs, based on human design and responses, eliminating those that we should have grown out of, so that more complex displays can be made.
Why is sleep important to the EVO System?
R.E.M sleep is where recovery occurs.
Why do you advise people to not listen to music while training?
Music is a distraction to one’s ability to receive information from stimuli, thus leading to a greater opportunity to display compensatory action. Ask yourself why you listen to music when training. It is to forget about and/or distract you from the task at hand. Unfortunately, without this intellectual, emotional participation, the highest level of achievement may never happen. Why distract yourself? There is true joy in the preparation for elite display.
What is the importance of feet being 6-8” apart when performing EVO Training?
This is an approximate number where one’s feet would align with the hips. It is the position from which the most force at the highest velocity can be created to displace yourself.
Why do we want to keep our shins perpendicular to the ground?
If the lower leg is not perpendicular to the ground then you cannot direct force immediately and at the proper level to push the ground away and displace yourself.
What is the importance of sternum elevated to EVO Training?
This position allows muscles to work as per human design, while resisting compensatory action. It is not a thrusting forward of the sternum, as most will initiate, but only in its neutral position so the shoulders do not round or shrug to attempt to provide improper info to the brain. As one moves forward in their personal mastery of movement it occurs without thinking.