We are honored to deliver Foundation Training- a system that provides tools that can help alleviate many kinds of pain, improve performance, and prevent injuries: back, knee, foot, shoulder, neck just to name a few. It can have positive effects on stress and PTSD. It can help prevent surgeries or if you’ve had surgery already, it can dramatically improve recovery. And for so many, it can decrease the need for pain medication.
Why So Many Injuries?
The veteran, active duty military, law enforcement, and first responder community has thousands of compression-based injuries resulting from compromised joints, improper load carriage and resultant poor posture, over-training, and an overemphasis on movements in the sagittal plane. Tactical Athletes also create their own problems due to "complacent adaptation" to their environment: sitting for extended times during vehicle mounted operations, bad posture while using smartphones, etc. Foundation Training will teach your body to return to homeostasis. You will learn how to anchor and decompress the body through breath, strengthen the core and posterior chain, and improve your posture.
Here is a breakdown of four (4) common injury patterns I mentioned above that tactical athletes routinely encounter:
1. Compromised joints
Most of these injuries occur from jumping out of planes, out of vehicles, off of walls and buildings, in addition to repetitive pounding from rucking and running. Add days in full kit, pre-existing injuries, and muscle imbalances and this is a recipe for reducing personal and unit readiness, a shortened career, and long-term chronic pain. Once the joints are compromised, the tactical athlete begins reinforcing faulty movement patterns.
2. Improper load carriage and poor posture
Although there has been some headway to improve gear, the vast majority of Military and Law Enforcement have load carriage systems that add compression to the body. Even if you start your ruck march, patrol, or shift in good form, as you tire you loose the ability to properly hip hinge and your posture is compromised firing the wrong muscles repeatedly resulting in ankle, knee and lower back injuries. Again, faulty movement patters get reinforced.
3. Under-Recovering (a.k.a "Over-Training")
With the exception of a few genetic freaks, everyone pays at some point. Your programming should have a balanced macro overview that examines the core principles of self-preservation and longevity. Not giving yourself enough time to recover causes a release of excess cortisol into the body producing a state of acidosis that leads to chronic inflammation. Being broken down is never an enabler.
4. Over-emphasis of Sagittal plane movements
There are three planes of movements- Frontal, Sagittal, and Transverse. Balanced programming must include all of these or it will create muscle imbalances and lead to injuries. Power lives in the Transverse Plane. With the exception of some SOF programming, most unit level PT and current fitness fads in the civilian world have fallen victim to "institutional inbreeding": Merely recycling the same outcome-based training that has been prescribed for the last 50-75 years with no exploration of performance.
What Is Foundation Training and How Can It Help You?
Foundation Training is a safe and effective exercise program created by Dr. Eric Goodman to help you change the movement patterns that are hurting you. These simple and transformative exercises are designed to naturally heal back pain. Relief begins immediately, no equipment needed.
Not in pain? Foundation Training is also the universal accessory for a Tactical Athlete. By integrating its short duration workouts into your routine, you will get more out of every movement you make. FT has helped professional athletes in virtually every sport reach new levels of endurance, stamina, and strength.
Foundation Training uses a combination of powerful movements, intentional poses, and conscious breathing work to activate the muscles in your posterior chain. When practiced regularly, your pain will diminish, your resistance to injury increases, and your athleticism is enhanced because:
1. Your torso, pelvis, and posterior chain strengthen
2. Your hips reclaim their intended role as the epicenter of movement
3. Your spine decompresses and space opens throughout your torso
4. Your breathing capacity and oxygen levels increase
5. Your muscles learn to correctly support your structure and posture improves
6. Your muscles learn to correctly support your structure and posture improves
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REDUCING PAIN, ENHANCING PERFORMANCE, AND PREVENTING INJURIES FOR THE TACTICAL ATHLETE
"There's no such thing as over-training, just under-recovering." Pat McNamara