Fascial Flexibility at the Perform Better Functional Training Summit

“Fascial Flexibility for Fitness Professionals”. I love using aliteration! This is the tittle of the presentation that I delivered at the Perform Better Summit  in Longbeach, CA this past weekend.

Over 800 of the regions best were there to learn, share and grow. I know I did all three. I went to see Dr. Craig Liebenson, Josh Heniken (small group/sandbag), Lee Burton (corrective exercise), Todd Durkin (Core and Cuff), Christopher Moore (nutrition), Vern Gambetta (periodization) and Gray Cook’s pre-conference session on top functional movements. Unfortunately I missed some great sessions either because they ran concurrently with mine or I left before they were offered. I flew home Sunday morning and could not take in Anthony Carey or Charlie Weingroff’s presentations. Both which I was looking forward to.

Just as I have seen in the past couple of years there are more unifying messages than divergent ones. I also see plenty of cross promoting within the group. Many of these presenters have great respect for each other’s material and reference them regularly.

During my presentation I communicated the importance of using a complete corrective exercise system, like NASM’s 4 step approach to corrective exercise. The fascial work is a big part of corrective exercise, but the activation and integration components should not be ignored.

I referenced Thomas Myer’s Anatomy Trains book and utilized some great artwork from my friends at Trigger Point, makers of The Grid 2.0 ().

I did not go into the depth that Myers does when he discusses fascia, which fascinates me, but I did talk enough about what it is, what is does and why it’s health is important. During the hands on session we practiced using different techniques and different tools to release adhesions  and restrictions. Much of this material was contained in my DVD on SMR however I did add some new wrinkles and twists.

Key take aways in regards to the selection of tools;

Select tools with different diameter and with different density depending on the technique that you are using and the region of the body that it is being applied.

You should assemble your tool box accordingly.

Key take aways in the technique section of the presentation;

This is not your parents foam rolling. Just kidding your parents didn’t foam roll…but there is much more to it than just rolling back and forth or holding a tender point (or trigger point, more on that here a great set of reference books click on here to see in Amazon) till it feels better. There are a plethora (yes el Guapo I know what a plethora is) of soft tissue release techniques that can be self applied with external objects. Ot foreign objects if you are into 1980’s wrestling.

Key take aways for where to apply these techniques;

In regards to the high value targets, I took visual representations of Myer’s Anatomy Trains, cross referenced those with common areas of restriction and created a list of areas that we typically need to release.

Well, I’m getting ready for some vacation time at the beach with my family. My next presentation is at the Cybex Institute in Medway, MA for more info or to register follow this link http://www.nehrsa.org/club/scripts/section/section.asp?GRP=11424&NS=CON

Eric Cressey and I are on thr docket for what promises to be a fantastic worksop. “Taking Your Clients from Good to Great! Understanding Upper & Lower Extremity Conditions”

For more info or to register follow this link http://www.nehrsa.org/club/scripts/section/section.asp?GRP=11424&NS=CON

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

Eric Beard
CEO A-Team
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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