Do you want to have more control over how your body moves?
Do you want to get past that sticking point and expand your movement potential?
Well I do. And that’s why a little while ago I took the opportunity to participate in a course called Functional Range Conditioning (F.R.C.TM) presented by Dr. Andreo Spina. The purpose of F.R.C. is to improve the body’s mobility through the application of a series of exercises. Why would you want to do this? Well to put it in Dr. Spina’s terms, so that you can become “bullet-proof”.
The F.R.C. system applies the best research available to help you improve how your body functions. In this post I’ll give a brief overview of the principles of the F.R.C. system.
Expand your range of motion
Your body is efficient – with food, with thought, with movement. And as the old adage goes “use it, or lose it.” The typical North American lifestyle lacks in movement quantity and quality. We don’t move as much as we should, and we don’t move with the variety that affords our joints the opportunity to express themselves and stay healthy. The first components of the F.R.C. system work on identifying where you lack in ranges of motion and helping to bring them back. This is accomplished through applying a progressive combination of stretches and isometric contractions which help both your nervous system and connective tissues adapt and expand.
Control your range of motion
Expanding your range of motion and becoming more flexible is great, but it means nothing without control. And that’s where mobility comes in. Mobility is controlled flexibility. Mobility training helps you expand the range of motion and strengthen the muscles and all connective tissues involved with that motion. In addition you increase the neural drive through that motion so that control is improved. This is achieved by applying varied and progressively challenging range of motion exercises.
Bulletproof your range of motion
Imagine if your body was made of Kevlar, threaded with rubber, and sprinkled with Skittles1. You could run, jump, and play with a lot more confidence knowing that you’re prepared not only for the planned moves, but also the unplanned “accidental” moves. No, you cannot actually become bulletproof 2, and yes, injuries can still occur. But as I’ve said in the past (Building Your Health Account) being in good health doesn’t mean you’re never going to be ill or injured. It does, however, mean that it prepares your body to help mitigate injury. This component of the F.R.C. system progresses and trains through more challenging, dynamic, and neurologically complex movements in order to prepare your body to best handle all that you throw at it.
In reality, the three components above are all happening at once. Your body doesn’t say “I’m going to do this part first, then this, and so forth…”. As you move through the progression of the F.R.C. system your connective tissue is constantly remodeling to meet the needs of the motion. At the same time your nervous system is adapting to those same demands. These changes happen together, interdependently.
The F.R.C. system isn’t an easy, quick fix approach. It takes time, effort, and energy. But in the end, isn’t that how the best improvements have always come about?
If you’re in Guelph and you’d like to see how Functional Range Conditioning can help you, give us a shout.
1 I like Skittles, but feel free to choose whatever confectionery delight you enjoy.
2 Yet. See post on RoboCop.