Introduction to Functional Range Conditioning®

December 9, 2017

Functional Range conditioning was developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal expert Dr. Adreo Spina. Functional Range Conditioning® is “a comprehensive joint training system based in scientific principals and research.” Trainers Alayne Rowan and Kevin Kieras have gone through the Functional Range Conditioning Seminar and are excited to share with you the benefits of FRC in an Intro To Functional Conditioning workshop at Portland TEAM Fitness, Sat. Dec. 16th from 10:45-11:45. REGISTER HERE for Intro to FRC

To get you ready to participate, and to help you learn more we want to explain a few concepts about flexibility vs. mobility.
What is the difference between flexibility and mobility?

Functional Mobility: The ability to actively achieve a range of motion (actively is defined as: Flexibility + Strength/Control)

Some people have flexibility and can get into many positions and move their limbs all sorts of ways.  That is good, but how many of them can CONTROL those large ranges of motions? Can they produce force in those ranges of motion?

What good is having flexibility, if you can’t actively control those ranges or produce force? Essentially you can move into a big stretch position, but if you’re asked to produce force and or drive with force out of that position….you can’t….

That is where the disconnect is. We all have gaps between where our flexibility ends and our functional mobility begins.

To bridge that gap we use, Functional Range Conditioning®  (FRC).  FRC allows us to get in touch with our joints and figure out where our range ends and how to produce force in the beginning and ending points of our personal flexibility.  If we want to minimize injury and move better, we all need more functional mobility.

What is Functional Range Conditioning®?
Functional Range Conditioning®. It is the process of taking your joints through your current range of motion with intent. We lose ranges of motion in our joints through a myriad of factors (injury, non-use, mis-use) The FRC principles are applied to your joints with the intent of regaining a full range of motion. Make no mistake about it, this will take time and effort. Your body didn’t change overnight. It changed over, weeks, months and ultimately years. However, by implementing this practice into your routine everyday with intention, you will see results. A few things you can expect to see are an increase in comfortable ranges of motion, less pain, increased body awareness, to name a few.

What are CARS?
Controlled Articular Rotations or CARS help you develop control and keep the mobility you currently have. All while getting your body prepared to develop more range with control. Doing your daily CARS routine not only helps you do a self check in each day but gets you more in tune with your joints. Having mobility in all our joints helps our body function at it’s best, because if there is a join that doesn’t function correctly, the rest of the body will make up for it somehow. The concept of CARS is to work within your current PAIN FREE ranges, not to push through pain or force your joints to mimic the movements you see other people do. Your body, YOUR CARS.
 Below are 4 videos demonstrating CARS for the neck, shoulder, hip and ankle. You can try these at home, but receiving coaching from a trainer a few times will certainly help you tune into any compensations you could be doing in these CARS. We hope to see you at Intro to FRC soon!