This past month has been a big one for us! We just completed our largest Instructor certification, set up some more dates for local and international events, and completed recording hours of new material for our YouTube and FT Streaming Site! We’re proud of the work we’ve been doing and are excited to share it with you!
In our push to create and evolve, we welcome your feedback. We continue to do our best to be accessible, and appreciate how many of you have reached out to let us know we’re on the right track, or offer us your insights.
Over the next few months look for us to implement your voice and broaden our reach!
Thanks for being a part of our family!
– The Foundation Training Team
New on FT Streaming
New workouts, programs, or educational lectures every month!
Your latest 15min workout! A great easy training session that you can take anywhere you go! Learn and integrate the principles of our work then try bringing it outside!
Coming Soon! 6 More Weeks of our Baseline Program!
“Where do I go from here?” You asked and we listened! Whether you’ve completed your first 8-weeks or not, we wanted to give you a clear road map for your continued progression. On January 1st we plan to launch the next 6 weeks of our Baseline program, featuring all of our newest exercises!
A Note on the 8-Week Baseline
We designed our 8-week Baseline Program to give the best possible path to take yourself from pain to performance. With that said, take your time. If you feel like you’re not ready to move to week 2, or even day 2, then stay with initial stages until you feel secure and confident. Engage at your own speed, rather than feeling the need to follow ours.
Then when you’re ready, the next 6 weeks will be there for you, or any of the other hours of options!
Tips, Tricks, and Coaching Cues
Find this Foot Position Video on YouTube!
Focus on your feet first. Adjustments should be addressed at the feet then taking the focus to the hips. When we give a subtle degree of internal rotation that originates at the hip joint, we create length in the posterior chain and allow the hips to glide and the adductors to effectively tension.
Next time you setup, Take a second and make sure that you have a subtle degree of internal rotation. You’re goal is to operate from this slightly pigeon toed position as you then apply the 3 points of contact.
– Jessie Salas
FT Anatomy with Dr. Goodman
Take a deeper read into our work!
We talk a lot about anchoring to stabilize the pelvic complex and support the low back. A lot of our cueing refers to the adductors, the inner thighs. There’s another pair of muscles that are essential to proper anchoring and proper recruitment of our posterior chain.
The iliacus muscles are significant in their ability to healthfully pull the femur head directly into its hip joint socket, assisting a motion called centration, inner rotation. In fact, centration, is the rationale behind our focus on hip hinging, be it in the Founder, or Woodpecker exercise. The subtle internal centration facilitated by accurate muscle contractions surrounding, and including the iliacus muscles are at the core of Foundation Training.
Learn to anchor, learn to recruit, learn to move better.
– Dr. Eric Goodman
Each month we’ll be bringing attention to an individual from our incredible Instructor community. Each of our Instructors bring something different to our work and we want to share that with you!
Meet Certified Level 1 Instructor Cris Mills
“I’ve seen FT do some powerful things for people, and I feel fortunate to be able to spread the work.
As my path in the Health & Wellness space has progressed, I’ve found myself working primarily with surfers, from performance work to rehab and pain relief scenarios. What FT can do in terms of restoration, as well as durability and longevity enhancement is profound. This is especially true for those bodies with an intention to surf. The structural requirements, as well as mental and physical relationships that surfing needs from the human body ties in beautifully with the work of FT. I’ve personally, and with clients, found it to be a critical piece of keeping the human body moving well, and functioning optimally (in the ocean and in life).
We recently hosted a camp at Hollow Trees in the Mentawais, which in my opinion is one of the best waves in the world. It’s a bit of a mission to get there, with combinations of planes, ferries, taxis, and lots and lots of sitting. We had a fella show up on day 1, fear stricken, pained, and ready to call his insurance company to get refunded for the trip. He had resigned himself to the idea that he wasn’t going to be doing any surfing. His back, which had a history of issues, had seized up on him on the not-so-nice ferry ride to the Mentawais Islands.
Assessment, tissue work, breath work, and a lot of FT… the dude was in the water the next morning, surfing nearly pain free. That’s profound, and FT literally changed that guys trip, and his entire outlook on surfing in relationship to his spine.
I’ve seen situations like that time and time again. In my opinion, that is what is truly beautiful about FT. It’s a tool, that when efficiently utilised, has the power to change, improve, and enhance peoples lives, allowing them to use their body at it’s full potential, in whatever sport or activity brings them some joy and happiness.”
Learn more about Cris’ work at surfstrengthcoach.com
NEW DATES! Certifications
Level 1 – Austin, TX – Sept 18-20, 2020 (The Onnit Academy)