Getting in to functional performance

Getting in to functional performance

As you will be able to tell from this video, I am no biochemist.  I am however a realist and I know the importance of knowing what training is actually doing to the human body as we move.  Now the interesting thing with this, is that I thought I knew, when...
Personal training qualifications and expertise

Personal training qualifications and expertise

If you want to be a successful Personal Trainer, then you need to work hard, tell your story and be great at what you do. This is not so easy, and it involves a certain level of commitment and dedication that most companies wont share with you.  I want to share...
You are not a movement coach!

You are not a movement coach!

Movement Training is such a small term for the quality you share.So let me start with this, you are so much more than a movement coach, expert, trainer etc.  Although I agree, movement plays a massive part in what we do, however we are more than that, and I want...

The Personal Trainers Guide to Pain

It seems that all of the people I know on facebook are now posting documents on pain, and handling pain.  For years now, Personal Trainers (even the self proclaimed guru's who change their name, but in essence are still Personal Trainers) want to share how to...

Become a great personal trainer

This is our new feature to help Personal Trainers get better in the industry at business, sales, marketing and self development.  Each day we will try and share something useful to help you to get better at what you do. How to become a successful Personal...

My Crossfit client squating

Today I am breaking down the effects of fatigue on the squatting technique of my client, who is trying to get conditioned in order to make a big impact in Crossfit competitions.  My clients is already in the 20 strongest female lifters.  Over the next few...

Tuesday is Motion Analysis Day

Every Tuesday I will offer you a movement analysis, and then if you ask for them, suggestions based on these observations.  This is to give you an idea of what we do at FASTER.  If you wish to have a movement looked at, then please send the link to your...

Wednesday is Anatomy Day – I ranted instead

No excuse, I ranted about Range of Motion.  Please got to Facebook and comment if you do not agree with this! Ranting about Range of Motion I get angry-ish about all of the talk of stretching, range of motion and more!  Please get a coffee, sit down and...

Monday is Research for Personal Trainers

The informed Personal Trainer, is also the powerful personal trainer.  Mondays are about research, and so this is our research blog.  After reading tons of crap on the internet, blogs (mainly re-posted) and non-academics trying to confuse or discredit...

Afternoon Delight – Running Special

Three drills to try before you run.  No workout, unless you want to. Exercises Jump HopHoppingSkipping Travelling Jump to Hop The Key to this exercise is to go from two feet to one foot, with the main thrust forward coming from the driving hip. Hopping The goal...

Sunday Rant with John Hardy!

This is the first of hopefully many FASTER podcasts.  I composed this in a cupboard in Colorado.  It is a brief outline of my thoughts around what you need to know about these podcasts, with some business, some fitness and some things on the subject of...

Afternoon Delight – Friday is Gun Day!!!

Have you got tickets to the gun show?To follow a tradition of training that started somewhere in Mansfield circa 1992, Friday has become known as gun day.  It is believed that in some parts of the UK it is illegal to not train guns to failure on a Friday...

Funny Friday

Friday is funny day.  Well its funny to me anyway.  Be aware, some of these videos may have bad language.  I do not intend any of these to be offensive but comedians tend to say stuff they think without consequence!So enjoy my blog indulgence and...

Therapy Thursday

Today I want to share with you a Golf routine to help clients with rotator cuff issues or clients who want to avoid them!Every Thursday I intend to add something to the site related to Injuries and Functional Therapy.  I am a performance coach, that tries to...

Afternoon Delight – Hump Day is Jump Day!

Every Wednesday we will be adding a set of jumping exercises in to the mix to keep you moving and dynamic.  These can always be taken down a level or two if required, unless you like to push yourself and then you can add in movements! Exercises 30 seconds of...

Wednesday is Anatomy Day!

Every Wednesday we will be sharing something Anatomy based.  This week we have an extra special edition, taken from our Golf Performance course.  It is about muscles used in Golf, and so I really hope you enjoy watching.As with all of our other blogs, if you...

Afternoon Delight – Tough Tuesday 1

Tough Tuesdays Workout PlanEvery Tuesday we will be adding a tough workout for you to try.  This will mainly involve dumbbells and barbells. Exercises 45 seconds of Dumbbell Alternate Rotational Lunge and Rotational Press.30 seconds rest45 seconds of Dumbbell...

You had to take it too far didn’t you!!!

So our industry had a great idea, not a theory and not really a fully developed hypothesis, on how the structure of our body can handle forces through muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue. It was based on an idea call tensegrity, “the characteristic property...

On ground band training

Using a band for training is a great way of adding resistance to a clients exercise.  Usually the band is used to resist the movement of the hands. An example of a hand resisted band movement - However it is also possible to use the band as resistance for your clients...

Heel pain and jumping

Heel Pain The problem with pain, is that is suggests dysfunction.  However, pain is perception of danger from the signals in to the body (simplistically).  Pain is not my area of expertise, as a Performance Trainer, as a Personal Trainer and as an educator I...

The foot and ankle

The foot and ankle is an often complicated and neglected part of the body.  When we run through the skills at FASTER, we look at each bone in turn through the body, with an end goal of getting you the ability to predict motion.  In theory, by the end of learning the...

5 Myths of Running Training

5 Myths of running training (in my opinion, I shall dig out the research I read very shortly!) - 1.  It is about footwear Increased proprioception, correct cushioning, orthotics etc etc all being thrown out as things to assess when you are trying to improve a clients...

5 Things to look for in your Golf Client

Here are the 5 things you must look at when evaluating your golf client - 1. Back leg sequencing The back leg should appear stationary during the first 3/4 (ish depending on the unique best swing of your client), the hip will go through several combinations of...

Program Design in Alison's Garden

Program Design with Alison in her garden! We do this 1-3 times a week on our online* courses (and as part of the live course support)  If you enjoyed this video, then scroll down and see some more about our next course, based on Functional Therapy – The Art of...

Is the FASTER Convention For You?

Hi there, It’s Simon Caddy here, let loose on the website to tell you all about things that are happening with the FASTER Convention 2013. So here at FASTER HQ we have repeatedly been asked one question lately, namely… “Is the FASTER Convention for...

Stretching

Does Stretching prevent you from Peak Performance? by Rob Cook Stretching has been such an ingrained part of our training for so long now that we no longer give any thought as to whether it’s actually doing you good and is still relevant in our training. So, is it?...

Fitness Courses – Building a program

Fitness courses focussed on functional training. This blog forms the basis of my fitness courses as well as our functional therapy courses.  Aimed at Personal Trainers through to anyone who works in rehabilitation or performance, this is the information that we will...

Functional Training Master Trainer

Become a Functional Training Master Trainer This is mainly aimed at people outside of the UK, if you want to become a functional training master trainer in the UK, then you need to contact Jake@fasterglobal.com who can help you further.  If you are outside of the UK,...

Football Conditioning ebook

Football Conditioning Get our first free ebook – on football conditioning (soccer for my US mates), just sign up to our mailing list on this link. http://www.fasterglobal.com/landing/football-conditioning-ebook/ The System: Identify the key movements in detail....

Training Intension

The main problem with training people, is that there are so many opinions. It is important to note, sometimes, that everyone has the same intention in our industry, and that is to get better. To me, it seems like the route to follow with a client can also guide your...

Exercise Creation

This was my attempt at showing how we build an exercise, and where the napkin program card originated. As always, my quick blog post is 30 minutes long!! Also it would be great if you could check this out, it is a new program, going online on Monday, where we have a...

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