Jeremy Stoltz discuss

CHICAGO – For a few days, the Bears gave their coaches and some of the media an idea of what might be to come in a few months.

Granted, there was not hitting and some of the players were held out to make sure not to aggravate and injuries. But having the entire team at Halas Hall is as close as many had to see what this team might have for the 2017 season.

Jeremy Stoltz of Bear Report was on hand to see the practices and discussed what he saw on Sports Feed on Monday night. He discussed what he saw on both side of the ball with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman.

To watch Jeremy’s segments on Monday’s show, click on the video above or below.

It isn’t rocket science or a strange secret society, functional movement, functional training, you do functional movement everyday without thinking about it.

The term functional training was coined when trainers happened upon a concept used by Physiotherapists and rehabilitation trainers was used by them to describe and retrain people to go about or improve their daily tasks/lives. Since then it has evolved in many ways and forms and be used in every aspect of the fitness industry from personal trainers to strength coaches. The various forms are vast and varied and who is to say what or which one is right or wrong, the common denominator is that all methods agree on the improvement of a person or athlete in or on all planes of human movement; whether this be the retraining of a stroke victim to walk or an athlete to re balance instabilities in a movement the goal is the same FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT improves all aspects of movement (if trained correctly)

The dictionary defines functional training for sport as

Functional training for sports

Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual’s performance in a sport The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom. In comparison, though machines appear to be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.

In 2009 Spennewyn conducted research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques; this was considered the first research of its type comparing the two methods of strength training. Results of the study showed very substantial gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.

In addition, a recent study of the effectiveness of sandbag training on athletic conditioning, found that training with a variable load has significant cardiovascular benefits over conventional methods. The study compared subjects doing exercise with a sandbag, a kettlebell and battle ropes for 5:44 seconds each. The study concluded that sandbag training burned 24% more calories over the other methods.

Consideraing of the concept. One key factor to consider when implementing a programme for an athlete or the general public is every session is an EVALUATION, from the minute they walk through the door to the minute they disappear from view.

Other key factors for consideration are

• Plan

• Management timing in relation to the plan