Mobility is the ability of a joint or a joint complex to move freely and efficiently. Mobility is composed of flexibility and stretching work, but also involves the restoration of soft tissue elasticity and quality through manual techniques.
Personal training requires movement. If an incoming client cannot move efficiently, they cannot train efficiently. Personal training is essentially an evolution with several iterations of specific components. The trainee first performs exercise. This exercise, whether strength- or energy-system training, causes damage to the muscular system at a cellular level.
In the second iteration, that damage is repaired – provided the human biochemistry works properly. This repair yields to a repetition of the first iteration: exercise is again performed – this time at a higher intensity, volume, or both – to create an increase in the level of cellular damage.
The higher the level of cellular damage the trainee inflicts, the more progress they make in fat loss, hypertrophy, and strength improvement, provided biochemistry is kept in balance. However, at some point in the continuum, enough cellular damage may be caused that more attention must be given to restoration of the soft tissue, or the client will eventually reach the point of diminishing returns. The restoration of soft tissue is the third pillar of the Physiqology personal training philosophy.
Soft tissue is all of the tissue of the body that is not bone or organ tissue. In fact, some organ tissue may actually be considered soft tissue, as you’ll soon understand. Soft tissue includes muscles, tendons – connective tissue that links muscles to bones, ligaments – connective tissue that links bones to other bones, cartilage – tissue that provides shock absorbency or additional stability between bones, and fasciae.
Fascia is a connective tissue that creates mechanical relationships between all of the other connective tissues. It literally connects tendons to muscles, muscles to themselves, muscles to bones, bones to ligaments, etc. It is a continuous framework of tissue that surrounds all other connective tissues, forms a network of suspension for the viscera, and pervades the muscle tissue.
Since the late 90’s or early 2000’s, when fascia was first recognized as both a connective and an organ tissue, it was believed that it functioned kind of like a plastic wrap around other soft tissue. Today, the International Fasciae Research Congress understands fascia as a “Multi-micro-vascular Collagen Dynamic Absorption System”. This is a fully three-dimensional system of tissue – not a planar model, as the plastic wrap paradigm was – that allows for gliding below the surface of skin, as well as between other tissues.
Additionally, fascia has a contractile component. As such, it may contribute to force production, which heretofore has been understood to be the sole realm of the musculature acting on the skeletal system. It is the care and rejuvenation of this system, as well as the traditional maintenance of the musculoskeletal system, that make our approach to soft tissue restoration unique.
As of this writing, a combined experience of over 80 hours in the classroom, the training floor, and the competitive arena form the training philosophy of Physiqology. While it is impossible to list all of the lessons derived from experience in the performance modalities of theater and dance, sport, training and therapy, there are key methodologies that influenced the Physiqology process. Please refer to the sidebar for references.
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