Functional Performance

What is it? 

It is important to understand what exercise is in the first place. Exercise in its simplest form and is often overlooked is movement or play, performed repetitively under resistance (remember your body weight is resistance). Corrective and functional exercise focuses on the primal movement patterns (as described by Paul Chek) that correct deficits within the body, which will enable us to move pain free and efficiently – these movements include squatting, lunging, bending, pushing, pulling, twisting and gait (walking).

Functional performance refers to the activities people actually do during the course of their daily lives.

Why I do it?

It’s about getting results and making people stronger and better/more efficient at what they do, not better at things and movements they never do, by understanding how the body moves and reacts in every day life and during sport/exercise.

How I do it?

Having been educated in Faster’s training principles, this has given me the ability to predict every movement sequence, at every joint, in all planes. From this information I can build assessments, movement patterns and write programmes based round that individual rather than a programme based on generic exercises – this is truly individualised training.

Why should you do it?

The physical demands of our jobs, recreational workouts, daily activities and today’s increasing sedentary lifestyle mean that we can all benefit from some corrective work to create balance or harmony within the body and preventing further problems in the body’s kinetic chain from developing.

Using carefully designed individual-specific exercise programs, the aim is to identify, correct and enhance factors including; Postural Alignment
• Muscle Strength Imbalances
• Flexibility Imbalances
• Movement Patterns
• Core Function
• Body Composition.

What are the benefits for you?

Helps to alleviate back, shoulder, neck and knee pain; Used in the rehabilitation of sports injuries; Prevents reoccurrence of injuries; Optmises postural alignment; Enhances human movement throughout the kinetic chain; Increases strength and sports performance; Helps with weight management through stress reduction; Helps to balance the body’s autonomic nervous system.