Strength vs Function: Too Far from Center of True Function?

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 07 Jun 2007

  • Introduction
  • We have moved too far from center
  • Functional buzz word
  • Should we really move in the gym how we move in life and sport?
  • Can we train for blind-side tackles in football?
  • Functional experts have everything standing and multi-planar
  • Masters of function – therapists
  • Is the trickle down reaching the masses?
  • Tangential fitness industry
  • Walk a mile in my shoes
  • PT clients, limited time and abilities
  • Qi Gong
  • We need to re-examine function
  • We are rejecting a lot of great research
  • Core functions – stability, three planes of movement and rotation
  • As important to stabilize as t move in three planes
  • One plane of motion and two planes of stability
  • Initial impetus for functional training was right
  • Relative flexibility and relative function
  • Feeding the dysfunction monster
  • Are we enhancing function or paraphrasing concepts we’ve heard?
  • Solution – get proficient in the sagittal plane
  • Low body work – unilateral
  • One leg squats, lunging, some unsupported activity
  • One leg straight dead lift
  • Simple progressions for other planes
  • Lack of progressions is the biggest failing
  • Push ups more functional than bench press
  • Pulling difficult to do functional
  • Combine convention with function
  • Tweaking – most people don’t know enough to tweak
  • Progressions – sagittal – frontal – transverse
  • Do these people on a daily basis do what I do?
  • Most functional proponents in rehab, not strength training
  • Don’t discard what’s working

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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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