Last week we looked at the immediate (acute) effects of battling rope (BR) training. This week we are going to look at some research which has investigated the long-term effects of battling rope training on general fitness. Longer term battling rope studies are uncommon, therefore if battling rope training is going to become a more.. read more
The versatility of the battling ropes is well known among fitness trainers and coaches alike. Previous research has shown regular training with battling ropes can improve grip strength, stimulate the aerobic energy system, recruit several important core muscles and improve metabolic conditioning in general populations. However the benefits of battling rope training is not restricted.. read more
HIFT improves strength, fitness and flexibility In this final instalment of articles on high intensity functional training, we are going to look at an interesting military study which compared the effects of HIFT versus conventional fitness training on strength, fitness and flexibility in well trained younger male and female army personal. This may particularly relevant.. read more
The Kettlebell swing is widely regarded as the ‘King’ of all Kettlebell exercises. It trains the commonly weak posterior chain muscles like no other exercise. It strengthens the core and has been found to combat back pain in many individuals. It’s hard to argue with its standing… As good as the swing is as a.. read more
In our third instalment in this series of articles on high intensity functional training, we are going to look at the results of another study, which investigated the effects of HIFT on body composition in sedentary overweight and obese women. Simultaneously reducing body fat and improving lean body mass is important to a large majority.. read more
The kettlebell pistol squat is an impressive looking exercise. Not only does it look good but the benefits reaped are second to none. The squat requires great strength, balance, coordination, symmetry and mobility. The movement is beneficial for everyone including professional athletes and regular Joes. There are numerous benefits for incorporating the pistol squat into.. read more
As discussed in our last article, high intensity functional training (HIFT) is a training regime characterised by the use of functional exercise at high intensity. Unlike similar variants, such as HIIT and sprint interval training, little is known about the potential heath and fitness benefits of this type of training. To gain further insight into.. read more
Recently, a group of researchers (Feito et al. 2018) have made a call to label and define high intensity functional training or “HIFT” a type of exercise training that consists of functional, multi-joint movements incorporated into either aerobic or resistance based training to improve general fitness (Feito et al. 2018; Heinrich 2015). I find it.. read more
For many trainers and coaches, functional movement assessments such as the overhead squat, and others due to their complexity, are a barrier to performing the important task of observing movement competency, before progressing to load. Given, the squat pattern is fundamental to many of the functional training movement patterns, utilised with kettlebells, functional bags, battling.. read more
Continuing from last week’s functional anatomy analysis of the kettlebell windmill this week we will turn our attention to the battling rope and look at the functional anatomy of sagittal plane double handed waves.
Continuing from last week’s functional anatomy analysis of the kettlebell swing, this week we will look at the functional anatomy of a kettlebell windmill.
In this series of articles, we will be exploring the functional anatomy of various functional training exercises. In particular, we will review a range of different exercises and their respective movement planes of motion, muscle mechanics, fascial anatomy, exercise variations and injury prevention considerations. To commence with, this week we will look at the functional.. read more