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 and often 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

Movement Literate means having the ability to use your body the way it is designed to function and to appropriately adapt to the environments you function in.

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

Body Self-Awareness

While we are generally not aware, the body is constantly adapting to the environment in front of us and what we do with it.  It is wired to find an easy way to do things.  It goes along with most of what we subject it to.  However when we fall into bad habits the body doesn’t always realize immediately.  And when we repeat that over and over the body eventually lets us know via pain and performance plateaus.

Practicing the IFM develops an awareness of habit and how the body responds, whether it be toward or away from desired results.

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.  It’s not so much what you are doing that is important to us.  Rather we’d like to figure out how and why you move and behave the way you do.  When we figure out the strategies that you use we can evaluate how effective they are at serving your needs and goals.  That way the adjustments we strive for are appropriate and on point.

We recommend a path of action that takes into consideration the many factors that influence your time, energy and other resources.  The question we ask ourselves is, “What opportunities, guidance and efforts would best help you achieve the results you want and need?”  Our recommendations may include utilizing 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 or develop habits that exert wear and tear, which limit 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 uses a large network of nerves, muscles, bones and fascia to make just three 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 rebuild how you use these systems.   The exercises have been carefully selected, sequenced and coached to make learning accessible to anyone.

C. The 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 and quickness.

The Integrative Fitness Method has mapped an effective human movement learning progression 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 movement skills, your body will develop resilience to injury and compensation.

D. Higher Level Movement Skills

Conditioning for personal fitness is important and it 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 cement your good movement habits in place.

You can expect your new levels of physical resilience to express in a variety of characteristics including:

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

E. Staying Engaged and Active

Getting exercise during recreation and work has innumerably more benefits than trudging away mindlessly on the proverbial “hamster wheel”.  When you exercise you are developing mastery in something.  It is helpful to remember that practice makes permanent; so ask yourself, “what would I like to be good at and enjoy practicing? “

Some people prefer to engage just one area, while others like to mix it up.  In any case it is important the scope of your practice engages your entire body, mind and emotional self.

Another part of mastery is integrating your skills with those of other people to enhance the experience.  You can get together to go hiking, cycling or rowing.  You might play on volleyball, basketball or soccer teams.  Or maybe you prefer the movement arts, like dance, gymnastics or martial arts.  Because you exercise intentional control of your movement and wield a comprehensive foundation you can participate in a variety of enjoyable activities, while getting all the exercise your body needs.

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