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

Do Gyms Really Need Machines?


First, you must understand that the brain recognizes movement patterns and not simply muscle groups.  Yet, many professionals are still stuck in isolation training or muscle group training. ~Gray Cook, PT, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems. In a typical, modern American gym, you may see rows of treadmills, elliptical trainers, and other machines that is … 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

Fitness Solution to a Medical Problem?


“Never provide a fitness answer to a health question.” ~ Gray Cook, PT, author of “Movement.” In the last 10 years of my fitness career, I have had many people — gym members, friends, and family alike — approach with me with questions like, “I have pain in my (body part). What exercises I can … 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

Abdominal Function 1: How it works


When you walk into almost any gym or outdoor exercise class, you would see many people do countless reps of sit-ups,  crunches and similar exercises. They may believe that doing isolated ab exercises will give them flatter, stronger abs or improve their golf swing or running. However, think about this. When in real-life do you … Continue reading