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What Is Functional Fitness?

How does Functional Fitness affect you?
There are two primary ways:
1. It allows you to better perform common everyday movements faced by most people (like sitting, twisting, lifting, bending, walking, carrying, sorting)
2. It enhances your performance and skill-set for specific sports, tasks and activities. This could be anything from the sport-specific requirements of a novice up to elite athlete, to the day-to-day activities of a construction worker, to the domestic demands of a parent. In fact, it could even help up your endurance at vital tasks such as shopping marathon’s or night’s out on the town!
So how does it work? The short answer is that functional fitness teaches you to better handle basic versions of, as well as combinations of, your body’s basic movement patterns. These are squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting and walking. If you think about it, all movement, all exercises, and every daily task incorporates some element of or combination of these. So it stands to reason that training yourself to be stronger, fitter, faster and more adept at performing these movements will give you a stronger, fitter and faster (as well as pain-free) approach to daily demands. With this in mind, machine-based training is not the way to go. This is because (for most people’s goals) machines are a waste of time. Although they typically address some small element of functional movement, they neglect to address the requirements of core, posture, co-ordination, or balance – all of which are frequent demands in every sport and activity I can think of.
But that’s not to say that Functional Fitness training is flawless. Inherently, functional fitness can incorporate some pretty crazy moves. Anything that involves varied combinations of body weight, free weights, cables, swiss balls, medicine balls, tornado balls and balance boards, couple with multi-plane or multi-direction movement, is bound to get a little out of hand now and then.
This is where functional fitness can go horribly wrong. If you work out in any sort of progressive health club (like most inner city Fitness First clubs) then you will have seen PTs and their clients doing some pretty funky stuff. To the untrained eye, a lot of functional exercises look like they could be harmful. Many people think it would be safer to sit on a nice stable piece of equipment and push a load back and forth in one direction. Hopefully by now you’re not one of those people! I know I’d rather train my small muscles and stabilising system rather than let it waste away on a supportive machine – wouldn’t you? But I’m getting off track. The point I want to make here is that many gym-goers (and even some trainers) take what they’ve seen in the gym, or read in Men’s/Women’s Health, think it looks pretty cool, and – with no real strategy to addressing their own functional capacity and requirements – start doing crazy funky stuff in the gym without really knowing why. This is scary stuff. As much as you NEED to be able to perform all the (above listed) basic movement’s to a full range, you CAN’T safely do so without a good foundation.
The Foundation of Functional Fitness (and enhanced movement/skill):
Just as you wouldn’t build a house by starting with the roof, you shouldn’t train your body without a good solid base. Your basic requirements for ideal posture, a strong back and core, diminished pain, and improved performance all-round are:
  • flexibility; ideal range of movement at all joints
  • inner and outer (core) unit function
  • a correction of muscle imbalance through appropriate stretching, strengthening and corrective exercise
As much as you might want to jump ahead to the ‘fun’ stuff, this is really the place to start. Or else you may as well just donate $30,000 to your nearest physio/rehab centre and save yourself the trouble down the track. The best approach to addressing these three areas is to engage the services of a core/corrective specialist Personal Trainer. Chek trainers have been specifically trained in this approach and are becoming renowned the world-around for their ability to restore ideal movement and function. Other good approaches include yoga or pilates, sports massage, common sense reminders like sitting up straight and breathing fully, or – for the more determined of you – picking up a copy of Paul Chek’s unmatcheable ‘How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy’. Can’t be bothered, or don’t think it’s worth the time/effort of going back to basics? I’ll put it this way: you can either put the effort in now, and reap the rewards for years to come, or you can spend years not-quite-getting-there, dealing with pain and a flabby gut before finally being forced to spend money on physios/chiros/you-name-it, in a possible futile effort to undo years of incorrect training. Invest now and you truly will get to live life now. I guess the moral of the story is that – while it’s great to get excited about the Functional Fitness trend, and while Functional training is a vital part of YOUR exercise program – you need to address your individual requirements first.
Whew! I seem to have cleared my writer’s block for the time being, and I think I’ve probably hit you with enough to take in. In my next post I’ll explain some of the best functional exercises for you to include in your training (assuming you have the foundation of course!)

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

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