Learn the Benefits of Foundation Training for Athletes

Learn the Benefits of Foundation Training for Athletes

This Saturday, March 5th, 2016, from 10:00 - 11:00 am I'll be teaching a Foundation Training for Athletes class at CrossFit 5885 (Apple Valley, MN) as part of the Mobility and Corrective Exercise programming.


Foundation Training can help ANYONE who struggles with chronic low back pain who wants to learn how to move from pain to improved performance in activities of daily living and athletic pursuits.  This class is open to members of CrossFit 5885 and the local community is welcome to drop in.   


What is Foundation Training?

Foundation Training [FT] is a profoundly simple exercise protocol that teach you how to integrate the muscles in the body responsible for proper movement. Specifically the muscles important in maintaining proper spinal length, spinal and hip stabilization, and those accessing the primary support systems of the body like the gluteal and hamstring muscles (aka posterior chain)


FT empowers the student to connect and engage to the bio-mechanical principles of muscular support, length, and strength, enabling you to take control over how you feel in your body, and for the CrossFit athlete, the movements seamlessly transfer into the Olympic lifts.


The result?  Pain free movement improvements in athletic performance and activities of daily living. 


I should know.  


Not only am I Corrective Exercise Specialist who rehabs people with chronic pain and repetitive injury, but I'm also an avid CrossFitter myself.  


Recently I had the opportunity to share about the benefits of Foundation Training to help heal low back pain in an article I wrote for PurePharma [See 3 Low Back Exercises to Heal and Strengthen


However, I'm certainly not the first to tout the benefits of Foundation Training to the CrossFit community at large.  Traver Boehm, Co Founder of CrossFit Pacific Coast and contributing author at Breaking Muscle wrote and excellent piece about his own personal experience as both a CrossFit athlete and box owner on the benefits of adding Foundation Training into their programming.  

In his article,  Foundation Training: Relieve Pain and Improve Performance, Boehm says that Foundation Training teaches 

"people how to change the movement patterns that are breaking them down – the patterns setting them up for injury in CrossFit.

As a coach, I have found the positions and movements of Foundation to be invaluable training tools. Telling an athlete to engage their lumbar is one thing. Putting them into a physical position where they are forced to engage their lumbar and therefore have the tangible experience of it being engaged is exponentially more powerful. Repeatedly putting people into that position until they are not only engaging their lumbar consistently, but additionally building the necessarily strength in the corresponding muscles is the best way to keep them out of the chiropractor’s office."

And he's not the first.  Foundation Training is taking the medical rehab and elite athletic community by storm.  


I'm extremely pleased to offer Foundation Training at CrossFit 5885 this Saturday.


No experience required to attend.  This class is OPEN to members and the general public (drop-in is $20, and a 10 Class punch pass is $180)!  If you plan to attend are are coming for the first time, please arrive 15 minutes early.


You're welcome to join us.  All you need is a yoga mat and a yoga block.  Questions?  Please send a message.   Hope to see you there!

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Head Photo Credit:  Melissa Thome Photography

Author:  Deb Preachuk is the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.  A CF-L1 Trainer, Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, Deb has over 25 years experience in the health and wellness field.  

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