Wow wow wow… ok you are probably tired of me going on and on and gushing about this stuff – but I can’t help it – seriously the information that I’ve been exposed to these past few days has had such incredible value. Mark and Nikki Snow of SG Human Performance made a presentation today that really had me rethinking larger classes – they have been able (with documented proof!) to implement CK-FMS with their kettlebell classes. Fitness and quality of life improvements have literally been off the charts – we even got to go through what would be a sample of one of their workouts – and I found several ideas that I will start to use with my small group almost immediately.
Likewise – many really important concepts about training that helped to justify the way I train myself. Its a somewhat well known fact I’m not a fan of cardio for cardio’s sake – incidental cardio, sure, but I’ve never been a fan of running, jogging, spinning, cycling, or any of the “cardio dance classes” but I LOVE the incidental and very serious results that come from kettlebell training. Not to mention the surprising strength and unmatched aesthetic results (trust me I have tried nearly everything, nothing works like this stuff….)
The really fascinating thing about CK-FMS and FMS in general is that it is a standardized screen – when you find a problem that needs the attention of an actual doctor or clinician, you can intelligently send them on their way and vise versa – its a whole new “language” of sorts. AND you can also use it to track and show progress, figure out what’s going on, what may be holding someone back and how to help them on their corrective journey. The screen is also a great way to gauge the effectiveness of the workout plans you have for a given client or yourself – is the plan improving your screen score or is it causing harm? Important stuff!!! Incorporating the kettlebell and the RKC concepts into the FMS is also really neat as it doesn’t necessarily require me to go out and buy more stuff in order to help clients (and myself) even more than before.
Something both Brett Jones and Gray Cook stressed was that the word “functional” has come to mean a bunch of things – some of which are pretty silly – and that the RKC is very much a School of Strength, not a school of little fruity methods and light weights – we use corrective exercise to exaggerate a problem, test to make sure we have the right problem, to see if we’ve fixed a problem, or to “flip” a mental “switch” to allow greater mobility or stability. This of course will allow greater performance, heavier lifting and all the wonderful benefits which accompany both and more.