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Body-Weight Training – Function or Fiction

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.

  1. Explain why body weight training is one of the most functional ways to train.
  2. Identify the concept of functional training under its various designations.
  3. List the five basic motions upon which most functional exercises are based.
  4. Identify the negative force most often associated with single joint (open chain) exercises such as a biceps curl or leg extension.
  5. List the proprioceptive differences between a push-up and movement on a seated chest press machine.
  6. Define cooperative reciprocal resistance by what it is and what it is not.
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