Methodology

The Integrative Fitness Method (IFM) empowers your body to change for the better as you go through your normal activities each day. IFM is a way to access your physical capacity in ways that minimize the effects of our “convenience laden” environment that unfortunately leads to sedentary behavior. It is a systematic process that works on your whole body and mindset. You can feel energetic, look fabulous, and be the person you want to be, and it starts with becoming movement literate.

Movement Literacy and Foundational Movement Skills

To be movement literate means using your body the way it is designed to function, and appropriately adapting to your environment.

IFM provides the map for learning basic movement skills that are foundational to all types of physical activity. The IFM exercise progressions are specifically designed for the “gym inside the body” so that fitness travels with you.

Body Self-Awareness

While we are generally not paying attention, the body is constantly adapting to the environment all around us. The body is wired to find an easy way to do things. It goes along with most of what we subject it to. When we fall into bad habits, the body doesn’t always realize it immediately. But when we repeat that mistake over and over, the body eventually lets us know through pain and performance plateaus.

Practicing IFM develops an awareness of habits and the body’s responses, whether that is toward desired results, or away (which allows for correction).

The Integrative Fitness Method

A. Assessment and Recommendations

We assess every one of our clients before providing guidance and coaching because we know that each person experiences their body differently. We want to figure out how and why you move the way you do. Once we figure out the strategies that have become your habits, we can evaluate how effective these are at serving your needs and goals. That way the adjustments we strive for are appropriate and focused.

Our path of action considers the many factors that influence your time, energy, and internal resources. We ask: “What opportunities, guidance, and efforts would best help you achieve the results you want and need?” Our recommendations may include a combination of our integrative programs, efforts at home and work, and/or coordination with other health professionals.

B. Habits, Tools, and the Three Body Systems

Over time our bodies compensate for problems—that is, develop habits that exert wear and tear—which limits our ability to do the things we want or need to do, in the way we’d like to do them.

Once you understand how the body compensates, and you become adept at using the tools inside of you, you’ll redirect how your body functions and develops. The moving body engages a large network of nerves, muscles, bones, and fascia to make three essential body systems work cooperatively. They are the lumbo-pelvic block (core), leg chain, and shoulder complex.

The Integrative Fitness Method shows you how to use these three systems correctly. We’ve created short, on-point movement programs that will rebuild your approach. The exercises are carefully selected, sequenced, and coached to make embodied learning accessible to anyone.

C. Foundational Movement Patterns

A basic level of fitness is critically important to your health. A healthy person performs normal daily activities without compensating for deficiencies in coordination, endurance, strength, or quickness.

The Integrative Fitness Method maps out an individualized, effective sequence to build basic physical skills so that anyone can develop a comprehensive movement foundation. Our learning progressions were created as a lead-in to any high level activities you may want to pursue. As you master these fundamental movement skills, your body will develop resilience to injury and compensation.

D. Higher Level Movement Skills

Conditioning for personal fitness is important and should be done in ways that prepare you for the activities you love. When you get this right, other objectives like weight loss, building muscle, and shaping the body take care of themselves.

Building on foundational movement skills, you are going to explore a variety of whole body movements. Adding load, volume, and speed will accelerate your conditioning and further establish your brand-new good movement habits.

You can expect your new levels of physical resilience to be expressed as:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Agility
  • Quickness
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Adaptability

E. Staying Engaged and Active

Getting exercise as recreation and while you go about your usual work has many more benefits than trudging away mindlessly on the proverbial “hamster wheel.” When you exercise, you are developing mastery. It is helpful to remember that practice makes permanent; so ask yourself, “What would I like to be good at? What do I enjoy practicing?”

Some people prefer to engage in just one area, while others like to mix it up. What’s important is how your practice engages your entire body, mind, and emotional self.

Mastery is even more fun when you integrate your skills with those of other people. You can get together to go hiking, cycling, or rowing. You might play on teams for volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Or maybe you prefer the movement arts, like dance, gymnastics, or martial arts. Because you now have intentional control of your movements, starting with a comprehensive foundation, you can participate in a variety of enjoyable activities, while getting all the exercise your body needs.

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