Humans are meant to move. Movement is how we express ourselves, how we keep ourselves healthy, how we compete, and how we have fun. The Vertical Performance philosophy of training is based on this fundamental truth about the human body and movement. We use scientific principles coupled with the most time tested strength training to build human bodies and function and move like human bodies were evolved to function and move.
Force is the language of cells. Movement is how we speak to them.
– Dr. Andreo Spina
Building better moving humans, so we can do human things better.
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MOBILITY ≠ FLEXIBILITY
Mobility is not the same as flexibility.
Mobility is the range of motion that you can actively control and move through. Flexibility is the passive range of motion your body can be pulled, pressed into. These are not the same concept, and having flexibility with out any control of that range is actually dangerous and can lead to injury.
When we train mobility we are training your body to create USABLE ranges of motion. Flexibility without control of that range, is a useless range of motion.
We utilize joint-specific exercises to improve movement quality, expand ranges of motion, build tissue resiliency and long term joint health.
When we improve our movement quality, we decrease pain and ‘tightness’. This directly translates to the potential for greater strength and higher performance. When we move well and move often, we are ensuring healthier joints, and ‘training’ for longevity.
In conventional fitness we mostly focus on muscle groups and movement patterns. These are more muscle specific exercises. Unfortunately when we don’t give enough attention to our joints and overall mobility – our movement quality and resiliency rapidly decreases, and we breakdown. We essentially “get old” quick. It’s so important to understand how to do real mobility training, and the value behind it. Having better mobility means you can perform weight lifting movements, sports, and daily life at a higher level. You’ll have greater resiliency to take on the demands of your lifestyle, and you’ll preserve more movement quality as you age. Weather you want to continue to play sports as you get older, or play with your kids, or just live a long pain free life.
The timeless fundamentals of strength training. Our programming at Vertical Performance Training sticks to these basic fundamental movement patterns, but with one big exception. We make sure you meet the movement prerequisites before adding any sort of external load. If we try to build strength on top of dysfunction, this is a recipe for injury. We build functional homo sapiens movement qualities, then we can build a monster on top of functional
Functional anatomy drives our exercise selection and programming. How the body actually functions in the real world and in sports is how we choose exercises. We steer way clear of single joint, ‘body building’ exercises and focus on movements that have been time tested to build real functional strength.
Programming and periodization (how the program changes over time) is where the difference between ‘working out’ and training lies. Training implies there is a goal in mind. Weather those goals are big or small, there has to be a focus and direction for any training plan to work.
ENERGY SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Conditioning is more than what people term “cardio”. Conditioning really is about 3 equal parts:
- Energy Systems (how your body uses energy)
- Mental Performance
- Movement Capacity
The conditioning portion of our programming focuses on all three of these, and utilizes science-backed, heart rate based conditioning methods to develop all of your bodies Energy Systems.