Functional Training for MMA with Dean Lister. February 23rd

One of the elements of movement I am yet to see in any functional training regimen, since I have been a personal trainer, is the proper use of the transverse plane. In all honesty, I can’t say I have ever seen anyone apply the transverse plane correctly. It has been one of the most perplexing of all things I have witnessed in this industry. I see an elite set of professional baseball players, hockey players, boxers, MMA fighters, football players, discus throwers, shot-putters, etc. all do their transverse plane movements with amazing technique, giving us the example of what a transverse plane movement should look like. I then witness a trainer try to teach it to an athlete or an average Joe and turn the most beautiful plane of motion into something completely distorted. Of the many frustrations I have witnessed in the last few years as a personal trainer, this improper use (or non-use) of maybe the most important plane of motion might just take the cake. The more I begin to experiment and analyze movement in reality, the more I understand the complexity and necessity of the transverse plane. It also makes me understand that many other trainers have to get on the ball and start learning this stuff…

Here is a video of me queuing , UFC/Pride veteran, Dean Lister on how to properly master the Transverse plane. Enjoy 🙂



  1. Kemo Marriott February 25, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Naudi, I’m a trainer myself, and since following your blog, i too through simply observing athletes in motion agree that the transverse plane must be understood, analyzed and taught effectively. I myself may be guilty of not teaching this correctly- any resources you can recommend so I can “get on the ball and start learning this stuff…”

    • Naudi February 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      I would say to just watch my videos and study them, I cover all the aspects of it with all my clients. I learned it from watching pro athletes like boxers do their thing and just studied for hours til I could move like them. Hope that helps 🙂

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