Functional Training is a bit of a buzzword these days. But we really subscribe to the original meaning of the term as described by Michael Boyle:
What functional training really comes down to is the application of functional anatomy to training. It is taking what we know, and using that information to select exercises to reduce the incidence of injury and improve performance.
We believe what Grey Cook says, that to be your best you must “move well, and move often”. What this means is that movement quality is prioritized, and that there are very real movement and mobility prerequisites that must be met before you can perform certain exercises. This all comes down to injury prevention and safe effective training.
Adding strength to dysfunction is a recipe for injury . What we mean is if a joint that doesn’t have the requisite range of motion, or one doesn’t have the motor control for a specific movement pattern, adding load (weights) to that movement is just setting that athlete up for pain, or worse: injury.
You can’t move where you can’t move.
Dr. Andreo Spina
Too often people are prescribed “mobility” or “corrective” exercises. But these movements don’t actually increase real mobility of that joint. If you can’t flex your arm overhead, practicing flexing your arm overhead for 3 sets of 10 is not going to increase your shoulder mobility. You can’t move your shoulder into a position where you can’t currently move your shoulder(see above quote).
Vertical Performance training utilizes Functional Range Conditioning or FRC to train your tissue and nervous system to safely open up new ranges of motion, and create real strength, neural drive and control in that newly acquired range
You can learn more about our Mobility Training using the FRC system here