A couple months ago I attended a continuing education course under Functional Anatomy Seminars. This particular course is known as Functional Range Conditioning or “FRC” for short. Overall it was a fantastic experience and something I’d like to share with as many people as possible.
As a trainer I’ve already had great success implementing the principles of the system with my clients about eight weeks post-certification. Having this tool available can dramatically increase your effectiveness as a physical therapist, sport coach, athletic trainer or other profession that deals with improving human movement.
The system was created by a guy named Andreo Spina. He’s a brilliant individual with a rather “outside the box” approach when it comes to mobility training. His system is extremely well researched and uses sound logic to illustrate the concepts within. You can already get a very clear idea of some of these things by checking out his YouTube page.
At it’s core, FRC attempts to increase a persons active, usable ranges of motion at every joint or articulation within the body. What you need to understand first and foremost is the difference between active vs. passive ranges of motion and mobility vs. flexibility.
An active range of motion is a range that you can achieve internally without external force. A passive range of motion is a range that you can still achieve, but without internal control and only through the help of external forces acting on the body. This would be the difference between holding your leg up in the air as high as you can, compared to picking it up and putting it on a table as high as you can. As you’d probably expect, the table will allow you to get much higher.
In other words, mobility is what you can achieve actively. And flexibility is what you can achieve flexibility. Sure, more flexibility can be a good thing, but you should really be focused on improving or expanding your joint mobility above all things.
More mobility means more strength, neurological control, and resilience at each joint that has been trained. These enhancements can lead to better performance through increased movement capability and less injuries through increased stress tolerance.
I’ll let you look into the system further if you want. You can also check out Functional Anatomy Seminars for more information.