Mar 29, 2011

Functional Movements: Movements we execute every day!

There are four defining themes that make Crossfit . . . well, Crossfit!  A quick review of the themes:  Neuroendocrine Adaptation, Power and Cross-Training . . . the fourth defining theme for crossfit programming is Functional Training.

Everyone Squats just to sit and stand out of a chair

Is your current workout program providing you with functional training?  Well, let's find out what this type of training involves . . .

Functional movements (FM's) mimic motor recruitment patterns found in everyday life.  For example, squatting (crossfit) is basically standing from a seated position (everyday life); deadlifting (crossfit) is picking up an object off the ground and standing up (everyday life); a sit-up (crossfit) is lifting yourself up from a lying position to a seated position (everyday life).  So, take a look at your current strength training/workout program for a minute . . . do you incorporate multi-joint movements (FM's) OR is your regimen consist of leg extensions, leg curls, bicep curls?  When was the last time you had to isolate your hamstring to do a leg curl in everyday life?  Maybe playing hackie-sack or soccer, but these isolated movements do not make up our natural movements in everyday living very often.

Deadlift (crossfit)

Picking something of ground and standing up (everyday life)
The importance of functional (multi-joint) movements or functional training is two-fold.  First of all the FM's are safe, as our body is made to move that way; secondly, FM's are movements that elicit a high neuroendocrine response (as discussed in previous blog).

According to crossfit, the soundness and outcome of FM's is so profound that exercising without them is by comparison a colossal waste of time.  That's a pretty strong statement . . . is it true?  You will only know if you give it a try . . . Aren't you curious?

~ Coach Heather

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