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

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

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 2: Total-Body Ab Workouts Without the Crunch


“People should focus on what they eat and do between New Year’s Day and Christmas instead of between Christmas and the New Year’s Day.” As the New Year approaches, you might be concerned about your expanding waistline because of the delicious food that your family and friends have prepared with long hours of sitting, sipping … Continue reading