Training tips

Check out our videos, for functional training tips and general training advice.

Exercise techniques

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Why it is important to lift with a neutral spine
When you are bending down to lift items whether it be weights in the gym or a box off the ground it is important to lift with a neutral spine. We discuss why in this video and look at the differences between a neutral vs a curved spine.
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Setting up the bracing position
Previously in our video on lifting with a neutral spine we have discussed the issues that can occur when lifting with poor technique. In this video we show you how to set up an excellent position for performing the majority of your strength training from . It's also a great position to maintain as often as possible in day to day life.
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External rotation of the shoulder
We regularly discuss the importance of performing exercises with good form here at Functional for Life. Check out why it is important to externally rotate your shoulders when doing exercises such as push ups.
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Training philosophies with Marcus from Melbourne Muscular Therapies
In this video Ryan and Marcus (aka Ninja) discuss how releasing muscles can help to greatly improve your training performance as well as why we believe in functional movement as a foundation for training.
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Push up progressions
In this video we look at how to progress push ups from beginner through to full range of motion push ups with good form.
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Advanced push ups
Mastered the traditional push up? In this video we look at a variety of techniques you can use to make push ups more challenging.
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Squat progressions
From beginner through to advanced squats. Check out this video for ideas on how to develop the squat. One of the most important functional exercises.
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Squat faults at the knees
Performing any exercise with good form is essential to avoid the risk of injury and to ensure you are working your body towards optimal movement. In this video we look at form issues to look out for when squatting.
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Mobility techniques

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Thoracic Mobility #1
In this video we look at rolling techniques to free up and mobilise some of the muscles in our upper back (Thoracic Spine). Having good motor control over these muscles is essential to efficient functional movement in exercises such as the squat and above head press.
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Thoracic Mobility #2
In this video we continue to look at how to progress our thoracic mobility/rolling techniques.
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Thoracic Mobility #3
n this video we continue to look at how to progress our rolling techniques for the Thoracic Spine.
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Thoracic Mobility #4
In this video we look at progression number four in our Thoracic mobility/self massage techniques.
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Releasing the anterior chest muscles to improve shoulder positioning
There are a number of muscles across the front of your chest area that can 'pull/round your shoulders forward'. Rounded shoulders are common when we sit down at a computer for long periods of time. In this video we look at a technique for self massage on these anterior chest muscles as well as a chest stretch.
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