Functional Training Redefined


“Be real – Avoid artificial restraints and positions.” ~Vern Gambetta, in reference to functional training. In the early 2000s, the term “functional training” was new and en vogue, and it still is today at a lesser degree. However, fitness and sports professionals have conflicting and varying definitions of what is considered to be functional training? … Continue reading

Core Training: Not Just Your Abs


The hardest punch comes from the most relaxed body and mind. ~SPE Performance In “Abdominal Function: How It Works”, we understand about the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the core muscles. To further our understanding of the core, it is also a reflex-driven mechanism. We do not consciously activate our core or push our abdominals … Continue reading

Never Put Fitness on Top of Dysfunction


“If a pro team recruits you to make money for them, and you perform very well, but you get injured the first time you get in the field, you’re not a good investment.” ~Gray Cook, PT, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems Are athletes who are strong and fast considered to be fit? Is fitness an … Continue reading

4 Common Exercise Program Mistakes: The Solution


“Seek to understand the root. It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all of its blossoming.” ~Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living (2000) In Four Common Exercise Programming Mistakes: What You Need to … Continue reading

Four Common Exercise Programming Mistakes: What You Need to Know


“Jeet Kune Do rejects all restrictions imposed by form and formality and emphasizes the clever use of the mind and body to defend and attack.” ~Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee’s Commentaries on the Martial Way (1997). Tradition martial arts training tends to restrict students’ movements and train of thought by having them perform … Continue reading

Training vs. Working Out


“Trainers used to train people. Now trainers just work people out.” ~Dr. Ed Thomas Imagine two men—about the same age, physique, and health—exercising at a gym.  One man spends the first 20 minutes doing jump rope drills, sun salutations, and kettlebell swings, followed by 20 minutes of boxing with a bag, pushups, pullups, deadlifts and … Continue reading

Flexibility vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?


“Yoga practitioners, dancers, and martial artists have understood the concepts of mobility and stability for thousands of years without every making scientific studies or analyzing every little detail in the body.” ~SPE Performance Traditional fitness programs emphasize on three primary pillars of fitness which are muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Human movement and behavior, … Continue reading

Stiff Upper Back Leads to Shoulder Pain


“Our response to injury is like hearing the smoke detector go off and running to pull out the battery. The pain, like the sound, is a warning of some other problem. Icing a sore knee without examining the ankle or hip is like pulling the battery out of the smoke detector.” ~ Mike Boyle, author … Continue reading

Increase Hip Mobility, Reduce Back Pain


“When someone’s back hurts they don’t want to blame their lifestyle, fitness level, or daily patterns.  Instead, they want to blame their back pain on starting the lawn mover last week,  which, in reality, is probably just the straw that broke the camel’s back.” ~Gray Cook, physical therapist and author of Movement. Few medical or  … Continue reading

Got Bad Knees? Blame It on Your Ankles


“If something won’t move, something else will. We call this compensation and a liability.” ~SPE Performance Your ankles, hip joints, thoracic spine, and shoulders are four common joints that are prone to stiffness and are the source of most back and knee pain. This causes a chain reaction of dysfunction to your joints and muscles … Continue reading