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Functional Stability Training

by Meaghan posted July 1, 2013

What do trainers, athletes, fitness enthusiasts and average Joes in the gym all have in common? Among other things, they all have ankles, knees, hips and a lumbar spine that need a certain amount of stability for optimal performance. After all, you can only get so strong, so powerful or so ripped before getting injured if you don’t have good functional stability – and Eric Cressey’s new DVD entitled Functional Stability Training for the Lower Body shows you how to get it.

As most of you know by now, I’m a pretty big fan of Eric Cressey’s work. This product is packed with both informative lectures that are easy to understand, as well as practical application via exercise demonstrations. Along with Mike Reinold, Eric takes you through a series of modules that address all of the following and more:

  • Influence of the lumbopelvic region on the lower body kinetic chain
  • Why you still need to be focused on strength AND functional training
  • How to disassociate the hip and lumbar spine
  • Quick tips for assessing posture and alignment in 3D
  • How alignment influences movement patterns
  • How to enhance the reliability and validity of your assessments
  • Appreciate muscles’ roles in the etiology of acute and chronic injuries
  • Learn training techniques to improve tissue length, quality and strength in functional contexts
  • Understand why hip internal rotation is important
  • The influence of the foot and ankle on the lower extremity
  • Impact of mobility issues on lower extremity kinematics and performance
  • Why, how and when to integrate neuromuscular control drills into your rehab and training programs
  • Learn the phases of proper neuromuscular control development
  • Understand several progressions designed to maximize neuromuscular control
  • Learn dozens of exercises and where they fit on the progression-regression continuum

As most of you also know, I’m also a big fan of deadlifts. Coincidentally, so is Eric. Here’s a brief clip from the DVD discussing the bilateral deficit in the deadlift:



If you like what you see, you can pick up your copy of Functional Stability Training for the Lower Body HERE.

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