Our training is focused around ‘Functional Natural Movement’ as a way of developing the body to its full potential in regard to its agility, flexibility, dexterity, co-ordination, strength and power.
‘Functional Natural Movement’ is the synergy of ‘functional movement’ with that of ‘natural movement’ in order to maximize functionality of your body in regard to locomotion skills, manipulative skills and safety skills.
The important aspect to Functional Movements is that they mimic the biomechanics that we use in day-to-day tasks , sports disciplines and most importantly racing.
Functional Movement training incorporate such movements as: crawling, lifting, holding, gripping, grabbing, squatting, throwing, catching, balancing, running, walking, bending, jumping, dragging, carrying, transitioning, traversing, rolling, falling, landing, orienteering and recovering. Every one of them has a role in obstacle racing.
Natural Movement is the way the environment, terrain and natural objects and obstacles influence and affect our locomotion and manipulative skills:
- The terrain having an uneven surface may it be mud, stones, leaves and roots.
- The uneven shape of the object such as logs and stones.
- The centre of balance being different on every object because they are not symmetrical.
- The hand grip is different every time you catch, lift, throw, push or pull an object such as a stone, log or branch.
- The weather and its effect: cold, humid, hot, damp, slippery, wet, icy or muddy.
In all of the above cases it means that no two training sessions, let alone set or repetition can be duplicated . We move away from specialized (zombie like) training and start to look at the flow, communication, connectivity of the entire body.
This trains you mentally, physically, energetically, intellectually and spiritually.
Equally this approach develops you on a multilateral level i.e. if every dead-lift of a log is individual not only does it train you in all of these levels it develops the muscles and neurological system in such a way that your dexterity, strength, power, flexibility, agility and accuracy develops to a more heightened level.
Therefore, when you are challenged by the next obstacle or a rutted terrain your body is trained to physically adapt to the needs of the situation when it comes to dealing with the unknown or unknowable needs of the situation that you are confronted with when racing.