Jedi Training is Functional (WATCH IT WORK!)

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Believe it or not, Jedi Training is very functional. In fact, if your goal is to be able to avoid a lightsaber coming at your head at break neck speeds, then I would advise no other type of training and workouts than what I show you in this video. That said, this wouldn’t be very purposeful for everyone and that is the point. True functional training should be defined by only one thing, how purposeful the training is to what it is you are trying to accomplish.

For instance, if you are an Olympic Lifter, performing an overhead snatch is a prerequisite to a highly functioning athlete. That said, if you have a history of shoulder injury or you are an overhead athlete that makes a living with your arm (like a major league pitcher or an NFL quarterback) then you would want to look to explosive lifts that are a bit lower like the clean to avoid causing unnecessary risk to your arm on an exercise that isn’t necessarily that functional for you. I mean, getting the arm over your head to throw a baseball and football require no external weighted load to do it. Adding one in the form of a snatch isn’t needed.

On the same note, balance drills that look borderline foolish can be perfectly functional as well…for a tightrope walker! Now don’t dismiss this. There are tightrope walkers out there that make a living doing this. There is no joke about needing the required balance to make sure you stay up on that rope since not being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.

Don’t dismiss what someone else is doing as foolish just because it doesn’t match what you would value in your training. Someone like a tightrope walker would need impeccable proprioception and balance. The slightest loss of balance at the level of the ankle and foot must be felt very quickly and then corrected just as quickly if that person is to maintain their footing.

Functional training should mean one thing, and that is workouts and exercises that serve a purpose for your end goal. For instance, bodybuilders may be after one thing only, aesthetics. If this is the case, many exercises that would be dismissed for their lack of functional carryover to a high performing athlete like the concentration curl, are fair game and valid bicep builders once again.

The benefit of the concentration curl is that you can really squeeze and focus on the contraction of the bicep while having the other hand willing and able to spot if needed. The downside is that it is performed entirely sitting down while artificially anchoring your upper arm into your thigh to minimize any arm movement at the same time the elbow is flexing. This just isn’t very functional to any real life movements but it still is very functional as I said to a bodybuilder.

The bottom line is, if you are looking to train for everything then you need to start training like an athlete. You need to focus on equal parts balance, stability, mobility, strength, power, endurance and agility. This is what the ATHLEAN-X Training System is designed to do. Leave no stone unturned in your workouts and training and head to to start training like an athlete today.

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