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    I just posted a new article on Natural Movement and Functional Training. Feedback appreciated!
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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    Skimmed it for now. Looked good, I'll be reading it later.
    In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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    • #3
      Did you get a chance to check it out yet, Alex?

      (Also figured I'd bump this thread for the rest of you in case you missed it!)
      "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

      "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

      My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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      • #4
        Great article Al. I notice the same thing with my kids (that you mentioned with the father/son). I love the funtional movement (body weight workouts) idea, but I think ditching the oly bar is almost harder than ditching wheat.
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        • #5
          Yup, it's a great article. And I'm now jealous of that kid, because I always fall backwards when I try to do that.
          In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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          • #6
            Al, yoru observation about the little boy picking up the ball with good form is interesting and something I have noticed. last spring I got a truck full of compost for our garden and let my 2 kids help me shovel it. I noticed that both my 5 yo daughter and 3 yo son woulduse perfect form bending, and shoveling and what not. Its really us deconditioning ourselves that leads to bad form in many things.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Monty View Post
              Great article Al. I notice the same thing with my kids (that you mentioned with the father/son). I love the funtional movement (body weight workouts) idea, but I think ditching the oly bar is almost harder than ditching wheat.
              You don't have to ditch the bar! Like I said in the article, weighted squats, deadlifts and presses are all excellent, functional choices. Just make sure you get your pull-ups and push-ups in too!

              Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
              Yup, it's a great article. And I'm now jealous of that kid, because I always fall backwards when I try to do that.
              Haha - thanks! That's my nephew by the way. He doesn't know it yet, but he's gonna be a beast in another few years.

              Originally posted by trapperjohnme View Post
              Al, yoru observation about the little boy picking up the ball with good form is interesting and something I have noticed. last spring I got a truck full of compost for our garden and let my 2 kids help me shovel it. I noticed that both my 5 yo daughter and 3 yo son woulduse perfect form bending, and shoveling and what not. Its really us deconditioning ourselves that leads to bad form in many things.
              Exactly!
              "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

              "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

              My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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              • #8
                That was a well written article, AL. You are preaching to the choir with me. For someone that has not thought of functional fitness, this is a great primer.

                Now, I work with endurance athletes, and getting them to drop the junk miles, and pick up a weight is impossible.
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                • #9
                  Thanks! Maybe you could share this article with some of your endurance athletes.
                  "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                  "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                  My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                  • #10
                    I fully agree with you on the kids having the right form and not thinking about it.

                    When I am coaching a new athlete in running, I will take them to a local park and just have them sit and watch the kids run for a while, pointing out the ease in which they transition from walking to running and especially sprinting. Its a real eye opener.

                    I just put a 50 foot rope up high in one of the heritage oaks at my parents house. We now have a grerat climbing rope. Talk about natural movement.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Al - what are your thoughts on the Basic Human Movement Patterns (as most commonly suggested by Paul Chek)?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Karma View Post
                        I fully agree with you on the kids having the right form and not thinking about it.

                        When I am coaching a new athlete in running, I will take them to a local park and just have them sit and watch the kids run for a while, pointing out the ease in which they transition from walking to running and especially sprinting. Its a real eye opener.

                        I just put a 50 foot rope up high in one of the heritage oaks at my parents house. We now have a grerat climbing rope. Talk about natural movement.
                        Nice! I wish I had access to a rope climb!

                        Originally posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
                        Hey Al - what are your thoughts on the Basic Human Movement Patterns (as most commonly suggested by Paul Chek)?
                        Chek was one of the first coaches I ever really heard talk about functional training. Though I'm not intimately familiar with his teachings, from what I know of him I think we're on the same page.
                        "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                        "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                        My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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