Functional – capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed
The critical point in the definition is that functional is relative to something else, not an absolute or inherent quality.
That’s why every time I read or hear the word used to describe the benefits of an exercise, "Do burpees because they’re functional!" my blood pressure goes up by at least 20 mmHg.
Here’s the truth:
No Exercise is Inherently Functional nor Dysfunctional
Yes, it works both ways.
Here are some concrete examples to destroy the myths of labeling an exercise as either functional or dysfunctional:
The key takeaway is that function is a concept that is relative - not absolute – and it’s relative to your individual goals.
When it comes to movement there’s no black/white or right/wrong - only what will move you closer to or further away from your goals.
In the case of Precision Movement courses, the techniques chosen for Functional Integration typically involve more than one joint and lean more toward closed chain versus open chain movements.
Being able to activate a muscle group is great, but we need to be able to activate a muscle group within different patterns for it to be useful.
So instead of leaving it to chance, I prescribe specific exercises to integrate newly gained ranges and strength so that when you hit the gym, golf course, dojo or wherever it is you do your thing, you’ve already begun the process of transfer.
Another concept you’ll learn that facilitates functional integration is the Controlled Flow, which involves a transition from one movement or position to another in a controlled, momentum-less way.
These types of techniques are the ones that get the most views on YouTube and Instagram and because of it, they're often where most people START their exercise routines.
However, can you see how if you don't have adequate shoulder mobility, jumping right into even simple upper body compound exercises like Bench Presses, or Dips, or Handstands, is a recipe for disaster?
That's why the Precision Movement 4-Step Process we've gone through begins with single-joint movements and progresses to complex, multi-joint movements and again progresses to stringing complex, multi-joint movements together in a seamless way.
It’s a logical progression that adheres to human physiology.
I hope by now you understand that what you’re doing here is based on science, not hyped-up pseudo-science that’s unfortunately so prevalent online in the fitness scene today.
So I want to commend you for being here as many people are afraid of the kind of thing you’re doing (i.e. learning and hard work).
If you feel like some of this is going over your head I totally get it and just remember that understanding isn’t a pre-requisite for results, it’ll just help you apply and more importantly, stay consistent because you understand the mechanisms and solid background upon which the forthcoming Shoulder Control course is built.
My plan is to launch Shoulder Control this week so if you're looking to train your shoulders in a logical and scientific way for greater mobility, strength and movement longevity, you should definitely get in when it launches to take advantage of the launch discount and special bonuses.