Strength vs Function: What Does the Body Want?

by Gary Gray |  Date Released : 10 May 2012

  • Introduction.
  • Strength AND (not “vs”) function.
  • What does the body want?
  • Who are you dealing with?
  • What do they want to do today?
  • Physical, biological, musculoskeletal (chain reaction), psychological systems (mind, body and spirit).
  • Strength is function is strength.
  • Integration of systems.
  • Bench press – what is the carryover?
  • Carryover of big movements?
  • Big movements feed function.
  • Strength coaches are functional.
  • Body is SMART.
  • Misrepresentation of function.
  • History of isokenetic training.
  • Squat – core strength exercise.
  • Tweaking the squat for function.
  • Strengthening body in more functional positions.
  • Not carnival tricks.
  • Transformational zones.
  • Harnessing eccentric power.
  • Lowering weight and increasing strength and functional demand.
  • Strength – we think muscles.
  • Do you know what muscles do? Don’t look at the text books.
  • If you want muscles to get strong. understand the function of muscles.
  • Muscles function in all three planes of motion in transformational zones.
  • I’ll show you a movement – you tell me what the muscle is doing in all three planes of motion eccentrically and concentrically.
  • Be strong, be strong, make each other strong.

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Gary Gray

About the author: Gary Gray

Gary is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as the leading pioneer and authority in rehab and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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