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Functional Flexibility And Joint Stabilization

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Functional Flexibility And Joint Stabilization

The book I'm reading at the moment (Stronger arms and upper body) seems to mention these two ideas as being an essentual prelude to weight training.

The functional flexibility exercises just look plain daft though and I'd be too embarrassed to do these at my local gym. Surely just 5 min cardio + progressive warm-ups would be sufficient to prepare the body for heavy weight training ?

Joint stabilization exercises look important though. The book says that you should develop strength and endurance in the synergists. How important is this ?

There just seem to be so many of these strange little exercises to do before training weights.

It would be really interesting to know more about these ideas and how they could improve my training. Does anyone include any of these exercises or advocate these principles ?

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    RE: Functional Flexibility And Joint Stabilization 2004/02/26 10:42:00 (permalink)
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    Anyone read the book or familiar with the principles ?
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    RE: Functional Flexibility And Joint Stabilization 2004/02/26 11:23:54 (permalink)
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    I havent read the book, give an example of a functional flexibility exercise fromt he book.

    I do think that stabilisation is important. I alway follow the system of flexibility>stability>Strength>power when taking on new clients. So what does that mean? One example is they have to be able to do a plank for 3 minutes before I allow them to do olympic lifts.
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    RE: Functional Flexibility And Joint Stabilization 2004/02/26 12:08:50 (permalink)
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    The book defines functional flexibility as an upper body 'wake up call' with isometric resistance in various 'fixed' positions specific to everyday activities.

    Ok an example would be holding the elbows at 90 deg and doing sawing movements front to back and vice versa for 3-5 reps. This is repeated with the arms at various angles. Other examples might be clasping the hands in front of the body and pushing and pulling the elbows in various directions in front of the body and also shrugs in various directions. There are only about five of these functional flexibility exercises. The majority of the book is concerned with joint stabilisation exercises.

    The book talks a lot about using a 'flexed t-position' for optimal joint stabilization with exercises (similiar to the end position of a cuban rotation) and a lot of exercises are based on this idea.

    I hope I explained this well enough ?
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