Over the past year and a half I’ve done time on Form and Function Clinic to try and learn about human movement and tissue health. The reason why I got into this and learning from form and function about physiotherapy was part of just wanting to not be helpless when injured or banged up.
I remember going through heavy training cycles of strength training, peaking, and feeling strong in 2013. But I also felt really banged up, with mild sciatic pain going down my leg. It got me scared. It got me frightened that I would not be able to reach my training goals, my lifetime achievements, because of some stupid injury.
Being more educated on training and the world around, learning more than just your hobby or life and really understanding the nuances of what you do and how it connects to other people, is part of why I wanted to share this on Chronicles of Fitness.
The 12 months that I’ve interned at the clinic, the people I’ve met, and the things that I’ve been exposed to really have changed how I view training.
I don’t think I could have related to someone who did dance, or extreme sports, or rock climbed in the way that I feel now. Looking back, I don’t even think I would have learned about people like Avishek at SBCA Health if it weren’t for the experience (plus countless rehab and movement specialists on social media)
Its amazing to see how movement imitates itself in similar ways across different environments. Things like structural integrity have so much more meaning. (#tensegrity)
Its made me more aware of the LONG game rather than hitting a PR tihs year in the next six months.
It’s like, how can I optimize hitting my pie-in-the-sky goals?
As a clinic, it is pretty awesome.
In a world where clinician and coach is overlapping, this is a place where you find people who are doing just that, broadening their understanding. The owner and the main physio are both certified by the NSCA with a CSCS designation.
If you’re not familiar, that is now a days a cornerstone certification for all strength and conditoiing coaches. Now a clinician has that? That’s bridging the a patient’s care from rehab to post-rehab. Creating more overlap.
And, hearing stories from patients who had gone to less-integrated places, I’m very greatful for my time there. And really, if you’re serious about learningtge ‘why’ behind how certain things work from a tissue and movement perspective,bthen it’s in your best interest to talk with a rehab specialist. If you care anything about longevity and the work it takes to reach big training goals, you’ll do it.
In the end, you’ll be better fit to perform.
Where would I be without the experience?
Now as a REAL reflection of how I’ve grown, I can honestly say, I don’t think I would have been able to maintain a level of longevity in training if I didn’t expose myself to the great people at this clinic.
I don’t think I would have ever through about keeping a balanced plain of motion in my hips. I just remember going to a workshop on hip health back in November 2016 that the clinic had posted. I learned how limited I was in internal rotation in my hips. Actually working on that has really helped bring up my front squat and made my hips feel a hell of a lot better.
Another thing, being concerned about foot health and the lower leg musculature (as well as forearm balance), is something that I would have never thought about two years ago. I don’t even think I would have been able to get a decent bench press if I didn’t have the chance to ask questions about the way the shoulder moves and balances bony structures like the scapula. Moreover, at the clinic, I got to read articles by the NSCA’s strength and conditioning journal and seeing, “Whats the point of all this?” What’s the practical application of research?
I would never have thought myself doing Pallof presses, bottoms up KB variations, banded wall slides, or glute bridges if it weren’t for being at FFClinic. I wouldn’t have even picked up Anatomy Trains without this experience.