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Going Functional in Grand Rapids

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

By: Brian Dokter

Manager, CoachMeFit Grand Rapids

“Functional training” is considered training that prepares the body for the actual demands of every day life. Well, when your everyday life is about to get more extreme, then your idea of “functional training” should follow. In Grand Rapids we recently adjusted the training of one of our clients to meet the needs of a missions trip he is heading on, and it is getting very “functional”.

Our client is heading on a trip to Burma to live the the life of a photo journalist that he supports. He is going to be hiking in the Burmese mountains to provide aid to locals, as well as to help his friend who through the lens of his camera, exposes the genocide that takes place there.  Needless to say, but there are certain people who don’t appreciate his presence, and there are times that swift action and movement is necessary, and it has to be done in very extreme mountain conditions, with 40-50 lbs. on your shoulders.

Since starting with CoachMeFit, our client has lost 30lbs and has improved his overall fitness greatly, but now his life could depend on that level of fitness. Let’s just say he has an increased level of motivation. And we are training him in conditions as similar to the demands he is about to endure.

Every warm up and cool-down periods on the treadmill and elliptical is done with a backpack with 35lbs. in it. He has been doing many single leg exercises to help improve his balance and strength. We also do lots of negative work on the stairs to simulate downhill climbing. Our cardio sessions on the treadmill involve the backpack with large amounts of weight and steep hill climbs.

He has loved the change and variety in his day to day workouts, but he really enjoys the confidence and strength he is building knowing that he will be prepared for the demands of his coming missions trip.

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