Strength vs Function: Functional Strength in Movement

by Chuck Wolf |  Date Released : 07 Jun 2007

  • Introduction
  • Issue of strength
  • Limited point of view
  • Useable and functional strength
  • Everything ties together
  • How lifestyle and other factors influence
  • Energy systems and goals of individuals
  • Different populations
  • Functional training misunderstood
  • The trend and the truth
  • Human movement criteria
  • Function in relation to gravity
  • Integrated approach required
  • Three planes of motion
  • Chain reactions
  • Physiology of movement
  • Typical view, isolated contractions – need to length
  • Proprioceptors
  • Have a rationale for your training
  • Balance training vs. proprioceptive training
  • All movement is proprioceptive
  • Roles of the different proprioceptors. How are they stimulated?
  • Rationale is key to all tools in the box
  • Strength training must also be proprioceptively rich
  • Understanding thresholds and strength development
  • How can we create an environment to be successful?
  • Tweaking traditional movements
  • Keys to tweakology
  • How can we blend traditional and functional training?
  • Simple guidelines to expanding one exercise into hundreds
  • Rotational movement – transverse plane – rotate through hips (flashlight in navel)
  • Where pelvis goes, lower back will follow
  • Don’t reach with arms, reach with scapula
  • Where scapula goes, humerus will follow
  • Blending programs with athletes for results
  • Traditional first, integrated movement after
  • Example with ab crunch
  • Isolation vs. integration
  • We have to match energy systems with those we are working with
  • Matching phases of training with neuro muscular, musculo-skeletal and cardio respiratory energy systems

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Chuck Wolf

About the author: Chuck Wolf

Chuck Wolf has a Masters of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from George Williams College and specializes in Applied Biomechanics. He presently is the Director of Human Motion Associates in Orlando, Florida, consulting with clients ranging from the rehabilitation setting to professional athletes of the highest level including many of the top 50 PGA players in the world and numerous professional baseball players. He has emerged as a leader of functional anatomy and biomechanics within the fitness and sports performance industries and works extensively with internal medicine physicians, orthopedic specialists and physical therapists addressing musculoskeletal issues and developing corrective exercise programs. Chuck has presented at many national and international conferences, written dozens of articles and produced many educational videos in the areas of human motion, sports science and human performance.

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