WHAT IS FOUNDATION TRAINING?

A group of exercises that focus on effective human hip hinging.  Sounds simple doesn’t it?  In some ways it is…yet, for so many people the ability to hinge the hip has been lost.  Hip hinging is a basic movement template we all are born with.  Watch any baby learning to go from crawling to walking and you are going to see lots of hip hinging.  Somewhere along the way many of us loose this ability to move from the hip.  When this happens we are using others parts of the body (usually the back and knees) to start movement and or support our body thru a movement.  This is how the viscous cycle of imbalances, injury and pain start.  

The whole theory for FOUNDATION TRAINING is:  The spine must be more stable than flexible for the body to be at it’s best!  Dr. Eric Goodman, a young Chiropractor student set out and was determined to manage his own back pain as well as to help others.  

There are three principals in Foundation Training: Decompression Breathing, Anchoring and Integration.  These three principals once understood then combined with muscular tensions, lengthening and movement create stronger more stable spines, improved movement patterns and overall body awareness. 

Foundation Training is for everyone!  Dr Goodman and his excellent team have taught hundreds of practioners, therapists, trainers and lay people around the world how to use these principals to help themselves as well as their patients and clients. I can honestly say, I was skeptical at first…but my chronic pain is gone and has stayed gone ever since I learned FT 4 years ago.  

The poses look simple but so much is going on in the body when you apply the principals!  FOUNDATION TRAINING WORKS!  Find a trainer near you at foundationtraining.com.  Once you learn FT you will have a life long tool to help with any pain issue you are having.  FT will not go out of style.

REAL CORE WORK

Sat June 13,2015

I am meeting a friend today and introduce FOUNDATION TRAINING to him.  This person called me yesterday saying he hurt his back when he bent over to pick something up.  He went to a friend of his who is a doctor at a spine clinic.  He had X-rays and such done and the doctor tells him everything looks good…that this is a muscular problem.  The doctor tells him to strengthen his core!  The doctor also put him on muscle relaxers…Dern it!  I am glad my friend remembered our conversation 6 months ago when he had inquired what I had been up to.  I had briefly explained FOUNDATION TRAINING. 

First, what makes up the core?  This is important to know.  Most people think it he core are the abs…where the 6 pack is supposed to be.  The core is much more than the abdominal area.  The major muscle groups of the core consists of the diaphragm, transverse abdominus, multifidi, pelvic floor, internal & external obliques, erector spinae, and rectus abdominus.  The latissimus dorsi, glutei, and trapezius also are important components of the core.  All of the above mentioned muscles are located in and around the pelvis and stomach, back and ribcage area…front and back of the body.  

Now, that you know what the core is let me explain what FOUNDATION TRAINING does for the core.

FOUNDATION TRAINING will apply and anchoring technique coupled with a breathing technique which allows a person to decompress their own spine with all the musculature mentioned above.  This is called decompression breathing!  Decompression Breathing is a fabulous muscular way to breathe using the diaphragm, lengthen the spine creating space while bringing in healing oxygen, and really making the muscular contract, lift and expand. 

FOUNDATION TRAINING has a variety of exercises (pose positions) that wake up the core muscle group, the hamstrings, calves, feet, even the neck muscles.  If you will practice FOUNDATION TRAINING a little everyday all these muscles will start to lengthen, strengthen and work together.  Having all these muscle groups work together is vital to being strong and fit.

FOUNDATION TRAINING improves posture!  If a person is in good posture the muscles are working more effiecently because they are in a better position.  Good posture promotes proper joint position.   If the joints are in good position the move us around without pain and with less wear on tear on the joints.  Good posture is just flat out the only way we can have good mechanics in body movement.

FOUNDATION TRAINING just feels good!! Don’t get me wrong…FOUNDATION TRAINING is work…intense muscular work.  After a session you feel awesome.  All that oxygen coming in coupled with all the muscular contractions at once…then movement while in the lengthened state!  This is core work!  This is how you take care of your body!

FOUNDATION TRAINING teaches the individual awareness about their own body…which is awesome because we are all unique.  

FOUNDATION TRAINING improves breathing, posture, flexibility, mobility, stability, balance and decreases pain.  We need every one of these components to be healthy and fit.  We need every one of these components to move well and be well.  We need to move well now in order to age well.  After all, don’t we all want to age well and be as mobile as possible into our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s…. I sure do and I intend to with FOUNDATION TRAINING! 

WHAT DOES STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE REALLY MEAN?

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How many times have you heard “strengthen your core” if you have back problems? So, you proceed to “strengthen you core” by doing sit ups and crunches. I have done the same thing myself. I was taught sit ups back in the day… I mean in the 60’s….lol! That’s all fitness people knew back in the day. I still see people doing sit ups and crunches in the gym today. If you have back problems I do not recommend those two exercises. For the core…nothing beats FOUNDATION TRAINING and planks!
In FOUNDATION TRAININGS a lot of focus is put upon the transverse abdominus. The transverse abdominus is a very deep abdominal muscle that helps with breathing and should act as a stabilizer of the pelvis. The transverse abdominus should also act as a girdle to help absorbs forces from activities such as running. I use the term should because if your transverse abdominus is to weak it will not be able to do its job properly. Therefore, back problems and other muscular problems occur. Core strength get starts with the transverse abdominus. Every exercise in FOUNDATION TRAINING begins with the transverse abdominus being activated.
If you really want to strengthen your core and help stop back pain and other muscular pain learn FOUNDATION TRAINING! I can not say it enough…FOUNDATION TRAININGS works!