The Power of Posture has now been published!!! Finally got this thing printed after so many had asked me to transition the EBOOK to a physical copy.
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Probably the most common question I get from FP followers is where to begin with our training program. We have exposed people to thousands of functional training techniques on youtube, instagram and facebook and we know it can be hard to get organized with so much to choose from. If you are looking for a place to start when it comes to your functional training program, the first step is knowing how to change your posture. Why? Because working on your posture is the most basic exercise regression you can have. If you suffer from pain when you exercise, or you feel your performance is not really improving from your rigorous traditional or functional training, it is likely you are not instituting the proper regressions in your program. Exercising to strengthen a weak postural structure does not develop real strength. Standing might prove to be something you want to master as a human before taking on the world of functional movement, as it is the most basic exercise you can do. I know, it sounds crazy but hear me out.
The functional training industry is chalk full of trainers who use kettlebells, bosu balls, swiss balls, cable machines, and other tools similar that promote functionality. I think it’s great and I’m happy to see it. Although the intention of many of these trainers is good, there are some shortcomings they sometimes are not aware of. If you are a gym goer, we have all seen the trainers who use these tools ineffectively by progressing clients too fast. People almost falling off of bosu balls because they simply are just not ready to adapt to the stimulus of “unstable” surface training. People hyper-extending their lumbar spine during twisting motions. Lateral pelvic shifting during sprints. Many would claim this kind of training as “unsafe”, but is that really the case? Or maybe it’s just a case of a human not being well prepared for an environment that could give them a great deal of benefit in the world of functional 3 dimensional movement.
Exercise regression is the most challenging problem facing our fitness culture. When we talk “THE BASICS”, what are we really describing? I hate to break it to you all, but an air squat is not a basic regression! Atleast not in the world of Functional Patterns. The point I’m making here is that we can’t expect ourselves to progress in our training if we are not getting down to what the real basics of human biomechanics are. Those basics being how you structurally stack up against the force of gravity when you stand. Now standing will not be the final frontier when it comes to your functional training, but it will be the foundation you will need to get there. It will open the gateway to functionality. Why? Because this is the distinguishing variable to the human organism.
Before a humans could perform their evolutionary adapted movements of walking, running, throwing, hinging, squatting (listed in order of importance), they structurally needed to stand first to accomplish those tasks. Standing is as basic of an attribute to homo sapiens. If you expect to be functional, focusing your training around your biological characteristics, standing effectively will have to be on the priority list at some point or the other. If what I’m saying here is making sense to you, as well as the Functional Patterns functional training methodology, you might want to consider checking out The Power of Posture!