Functional Movement 411 With Jason Dubois
Training, whether to get fit in general, for bodybuilding or bikini fitness competitions, or anything else under the sun, can sometimes be difficult to undertake yourself. That's where personal trainers come into the picture, as there's no better motivation than someone who knows exactly what they're doing is right beside you to guide and motivate you.
As our meal management systems help you maintain your nutrition for optimum performance, so a gym trainer can help do the same for your. Below, check out Jason DuBois' guide to functional movement to find out the types of tips you could gain from working with one!
With so many different fitness fads, many of my clients get confused as to what is the proper way to get in shape, stay lean and be healthy. But before any goal can be attained, it is my duty as their trainer to make sure they are physically ready to start!
Functional movements are an important aspect when it comes to training. What are functional movements? They are certain movements that place demands on the body's muscular system which ultimately trains different muscle groups to work together and prepare for everyday activities and high impact movements.
When I first meet with my clients, I assess them to see if they have any asymmetries or imbalances. Dysfunctional movement indicates an increased risk of injury. Its important to identify those patterns and correct them so injury will not occur.
Here are three main benefits of functional movements:
1. Strengthening core stability
2. Reducing the risk of injury
3. Increasing flexibility
My favorite functional movement has to be the deadlift. Here there's a hinge at the hips with bent knees and were simply grabbing the bar (or an object) off the ground and standing up with it. Something most of us do everyday. This exercise activates the entire posterior chain, which, includes the hamstrings, glutes, lower back and also our spinal erectors. Very functional and very effective to build lean muscle.
Try implementing these three movements in your next leg day workout:
Suitcase Kettlebell Deadlift: 8 to 10 reps with a 60 second rest, 3 Sets
Dumbbell Clean an& Press: 8 to 10 reps with a 60 second rest, 3 Sets
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlifts: 8 to 10 reps with a 60 second rest, 3 Sets
Because I am always going from client to clients it is important to have my meals ready for the week. With my Expert Expedition Backpack 300 I am able to keep my meals cool and fresh and bring them on the road with me. It also has enough pockets where I can bring my RSP favorites; my bottle of ReGen Lemon Lime for recovery, Fast Fuel Fruit Punch to get me pumped for my workouts and my CLA.
Jason DuBois grew up in Southern California with a love for sports and exercise his entire life. He moved to Miami in 2009 where he attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He graduated and gravitated toward his true passion which was fitness. He found a niche in fundamental exercise and core development and here he is today doing what he loves. Follow him on Instagram!