Art of Functional Movement – Certification

Art of Functional Movement

What is Art of Functional Movement Academy?

Anyone who knows me know that I’m a seeker of knowledge and continued education. Seeking to understand and to constantly deliver a quality product/service to my clients is my top priority.  My desire to learn and grow is likely rooted in part, in a selfish desire to “fix” myself or improve myself.

As I approached 40, I began to notice that the resilience that my body once had was diminishing. My ability to recover and “go hard” all the time seemed to be slowly fading.

Keep pushing!

Keep grinding!

Keep going!

Those were the things I often told myself. I would grit my teeth and fought through minor aches and pains. These pains however, were a signal… a lighthouse on the not so distant shore seeking to alert me of a potential catastrophe. They were the piercing siren of a smoke detector warning that this fire had potential to wreak havoc on the structure that was my body.

“One of the areas I delved into was Animal Flow.”

A few years ago, I began to search for an alternative means of training. I began to evolve and place more emphasis on movement than I had previously. One of the areas I delved into was Animal Flow.

What I found is that despite there being mobility and flexibility involved, the Flow was in actuality what I “wanted” to do. It was not necessarily the thing that was going to improve my body’s ability. In other words, it was like my sport… the thing I wanted to accomplish and be proficient at. This meant, that I still needed to condition and improve my body in order to play that sport.

Animal Flow San Francisco

When I realized this, I understood that I needed to seek something more. In order for me to do this thing I was beginning to enjoy, I needed to work on my body’s ability to move and move well.

I began to focus more on mobility and flexibility. I began to do more Yoga and although I was improving from doing Yoga, I still felt as though I wasn’t getting everything I needed.

I needed more and I studied, practiced and incorporated many things from a variety of schools of thought.

Then I came across the system developed by Paul “Firepower” Gray and Pawel Witudo called “Art of Functional Movement Academy”. This system has helped me make more sense of so much of what I was seeking in Fitness. It gave me a way to look at where I’m at as a human and determine where I’d LIKE to be and where I NEED to be. It also gave me an easy framework to begin building a more concise programming for myself. 

“What AFM gives you is an opportunity to be creative and employ concepts across a broad variety of things you love.”

With that understanding, I could now tailor my own programming in order to address any holes and deficits, while still progressing in a way I wanted.

The AFM program gave me a clear way to not only address my own needs, but better assess and address the needs of my clients.

All of this was possible without detracting or taking away from anything I enjoyed. The concepts can be easily implemented over your current activities.

Some people do certifications and workshops with the hope of getting an exercise library. These are people who don’t want to think. These are people who lack creativity and understanding of concepts and how to apply them in any given situation.

What AFM gives you is an opportunity to be creative and employ concepts across a broad variety of things you love. It also addresses human “health” as opposed to addressing the more superficial ideas that have become so prevalent in the “health and fitness” industry.

What AFM gives you is an opportunity to be creative and employ concepts across a broad variety of things you love. It also addresses overall human “health” as opposed to addressing the more superficial ideas that have become so prevalent in the “health and fitness” industry.

You can employ these concepts to everything from general lifestyle to sports performance.

But the key to it all, is that you begin to learn to distinguish between your sport/activity you love, versus the preparation necessary for doing those things. You also begin to understand how to take better care to give clients what they want, all while giving them a ton of what they need interlaced within.

“Form Follows Function”

What is the intended purpose of the body? We must make sure that we are encouraging proper and positive movement patterning. We also must make sure that our programming is countering the daily human tendencies.

Those daily tendencies include sitting too often, living life and doing things in constant lumbar compression, and feeding our body’s imbalances. Let’s do more to break that cycle in our training. 

 

I’ve now incorporated Art of Functional Movement into my daily, weekly and monthly plan.

Inside of AFM, I’ve placed FRC, Animal Flow movements, Barbells, Kettlebells, Maces and Clubls, DVRT Sandbag concepts, TRX and everything else I’ve done over my near 20 year span as a coach.  I will continue to integrate and interweave things I learn into this framework as I build a more balanced program for myself and my clients.

If you’d like to learn more about Art of Functional Movement and you’re on the West Coast of the United States, Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand where I visit often, feel free to contact me.

 

 

Rich Thurman

Coach Rich Thurman has over 15 years of Coaching and Personal Training experience. With a Bachelors in Physiological Science from UCLA and as a NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach, Rich takes a scientific approach to improving your athletic performance and overall Longevity and Durability. Whether you’re a competitive or casual Golfer, Adventure Racer, Fighter, Desk jockey or just generally looking to be healthier, Rich can help you.

Structural Integrity and Postural Awareness are the keys to getting the results you want. Check out the services offered to find out more.