Episode 231: Shawn Sherman and Dan Fichter - Square 1 system and optimizing performance

This episode's guests are Shawn Sherman and Dan Fichter.

Shawn earned his Exercise and Sport Science degree from Penn State University and operates a private practice in Western Springs, Illinois. Over the years, Shawn has held numerous industry certifications and therefore understands what and how the conventionalists think and believe. Over the past 25 years, his understanding of movement has evolved from that of an apprentice level to a level of mastery by continually seeking answers to his questions. Because he now intimately and thoroughly understands the most basic components of movement, he brings an unparalleled perspective to the table. Not only does he consistently deliver absolutely amazing results to his clients, he teaches his students to be able to do the same.

Dan Fichter owns and operates Wannagetfast Power/Speed Training, a performance training business in the Upstate NY area that offers training to elite athletes. Dan has traveled the country speaking to numerous coaches on speed training, strength training, and nervous system development and has showed them how to pull these elements into a comprehensive package that can substantially elevate an athlete’s speed, strength, and movement capabilities. Dan has coached football at the high school and college level for over 20 years and is currently the Head Football Coach at Irondequoit High School in Rochester NY. In 6 years as the head coach, he has won 2 Sectional Titles to add to the 6 he’s won as a head track coach at the same high school.

On this episode we discuss:

  • The guys background
  • The Square 1 system
  • Assessment
  • Asymmetry 
  • Shawn performs a live assessment and treatment on a patient
  • What were the guys readling/ studying at the time of we recorded the podcast


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - square1system.com

Facebook - Square 1

Twitter - @square1system

Instagram - square1system


Books Mentioned:

The Body Electric 

Healing is Voltage

Joe Humphreys's Trout Tactics: Updated & Expanded

Polyvagal Theory 

Team of Rivals

The Four Agreements


Video's Mentioned:

ATSW - Episode 231: Shawn Sherman and Dan Fichter - Square 1 system and optimizing performance


People and Resources Mentioned:

Reflexive Performance Reset Level 1 online

Chris Korfist

Douglas Heel

Frans Bosch

Daniel Kahneman

Jack Kruse

Functional Movement Systems

Gray Cook

Carrick Institute 

Postural Restoration Institute

Muscle Activation Technique

Greg Roskopf

Gary Gray

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

Andero Spina

Functional Anatomy Seminars

Jay Schroeder

Chapman Reflexes

Robert Melillo

John F. Kennedy

Cuban Missile Crisis

The nodes of Ranvier 

Martin Luther King Jr

Paul Chek

Charles Poliquin

Jerry Tennant 

Vern Gambetta


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