Play With a Purpose: Setting Goals and Establishing the Purpose

Craig Valency, CSCS In part one, I wrote about the challenges of training children, and strategies to keep them engaged. In part two, I spoke about ways to empower children by giving them more responsibility and choice and thereby fostering...

If I Could Only Do 3 Exercises…

By Craig Valency, CSCS Variety is the spice of life! But when it comes to strength training, there are a few key movements that deserve a special place in the exercise pantheon. There are three basic exercises that everyone should do...

The Undertraining Epidemic: The Usual Suspects

Craig Valency, MA, CSCS We’ve talked about the madness of the more is better mindset in fitness training. It’s unlikely that compulsive, extreme exercise programs are going to get you the long-term results that you’re looking for. Nonetheless, as tempting as it is to...

The Dirty Dozen: A Metabolic Circuit

Craig Valency, CSCS Check out this high intensity metabolic circuit. When you’re short on time, this circuit will do the trick. Admittedly, it isn’t exactly my most photogenic moment… but it gets better when you hit play! It’s just 4...

How Functional is Functional Training? The Ultimate Functional Workout

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 7: Functional Training in Action – The Next Level Degrees of Functional Training There are degrees of “functional.” Lifting heavy things is functional. But lifting heavy things and carrying them to another place, especially if they...

How Functional is Functional Training? Rehabilitation

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 6: Functional Rehabilitation Prehab: Prevention is the Best Medicine Life is full of enjoyable activities that aren’t always “functional” or optimal for human movement proficiency – but they sure are fun! If you like to race...

How Functional is Functional Training? True Biomechanics

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 5: Biomechanics – The Big Lie Don’t Forget Gravity! In order to be certified, every trainer must learn the basics of biomechanics, or what muscle actions are necessary to move a joint. Unfortunately, there was a...

How Functional is Functional Training? Flexibility & Mobility

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 4: Are You Functionally Flexible? We always hear about how important it is to stretch and be flexible. But why is that? Do you really know the purpose? Stretching for the sake of flexibility, or to...

How Functional is Functional Training? Primal Movement Patterns

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 3: The Sport of Being Human An Evolutionary Perspective The “sport” of being human requires that we do many activities, such as getting out of bed, sitting on a toilet, rotating, procreating (yes, I said it),...

How Functional is Functional Training? The True Definition of Functional

Craig Valency, CSCS Part 2: What is Functional Training? – Don’t Join the Circus! The True Definition of Functional Training Michael Boyle, world renowned strength coach and author of Functional Training for Sports, defined functional training as, “. . ....