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Strength: Functional Movements

Functional Movements

Functional movements are universal motor recruitment patterns; they are performed in a wave of contraction from core to extremity; and they are compound movements (i.e., they are multi-joint). They are natural, effective, and efficient loco motors of body and external objects. But no aspect of functional movements is more important than the ability to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly. Collectively, these three attributes (load, distance, and speed) uniquely qualify functional movements for the production of high-power. Intensity is defined in correlation to power, and intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing the rate of return of favorable adaptation to exercise. Recognizing that the breadth and depth of a program’s stimulus will determine the adaptation it elicits.

TekMatic Fitness is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 fitness domains. They are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. TekMatic Fitness provides the complete breadth of fitness, while maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power and cross-training with multiple training modalities. Functional movements are optimized through constant training, practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies. Functional movements and high-intensity are radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid, irrefutable scientific fact.

The fitness approach is consistent with the practice of elite training programs associated with major university athletic teams and professional sports. First, providing core strength and conditioning building the foundation for athletic needs. In clear comparison to university courses referring to a particular major as the “core curriculum.” Much of our work focuses on the major functional axis of the human body, the extension and flexion of the hips and torso or trunk. The primacy of core strength and conditioning in this sense is supported by the simple observation that powerful hip extension alone is necessary for elite athletic performance. Intensity and duration appropriate exertions are imperative for effective functional movements.