Are body-weight training and manual resistance functional and appropriate ways to train? We crawl before we walk and walk before we run. We usually ride a bike before we drive a car. Yet for some reason, we enter the gym long before we have mastered our own body weight! The science behind body-weight training and manual resistance shows amazing results relative to skill transfer, proprioception, range of motion, balance and strength. This type of training has a very low rate of injury and is shown to enhance the five most basics skills of functional movement.
- Explain why body weight training is one of the most functional ways to train.
- Identify the concept of functional training under its various designations.
- List the five basic motions upon which most functional exercises are based.
- Identify the negative force most often associated with single joint (open chain) exercises such as a biceps curl or leg extension.
- List the proprioceptive differences between a push-up and movement on a seated chest press machine.
- Define cooperative reciprocal resistance by what it is and what it is not.