Like many of you, I have been a fitness enthusiast for most of my life.  I started “pumping iron” in the garage with my dad at age 13.  I embraced a bodybuilding approach to fitness for 20 years.  My muscles got bigger and stronger without a doubt.  What I did not realize at the time is that I was actually damaging my joints and reducing my range of motion.  I was training body parts such as chest, biceps, triceps etc. through one plane of motion.  I considered myself to be “fit”, but the fact is I was destroying my mobility.  Without mobility, there is no movement and without movement, there is no performance.  It doesn’t matter if you are playing in the Superbowl, or fighting fire.  Movement is performance.

Scott Sonnon’s FlowFit program is a great introduction to training movement.  I have learned a lot as I have studied Circular Strength Training over these past several years. I work hard every day to undo the damage I have done to my body.  I will turn 40 this year, and I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life.  If joint mobility and functional movement have not been part of your physical training, I highly encourage you to change your approach.  Adding movement training into your fitness routine a couple of times a week is a great start.

Train hard and stay safe!

-Ryan

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Christian demonstrates some of the movements found in Coach Sonnon’s FlowFit program. Check out the video: