Functional Fascial Movement Training - What is it and why you need it.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick up a heavy load without hurting yourself?  Or be able to carry that load for a distance maybe even twisting to the right or to the left to put it back down?  

Well in short, that’s what Functional Fascial Movement Training does for those who are willing to practice it.  

Functional Fascial Movement Training (FFMT) steps away from traditional workout machines and time-consuming exercises that only isolate a few muscles - working only PARTS of the body.  With Functional Fascial Movement Training your WHOLE body IS the equipment and you work within its natural range of motion.  Germany’s leading expert on functional training, Oliver Schmidtlin explains “Classic strength training is pure hardware training, functional training, however, works on the hardware AND the software.” 

In FFMT muscles are not just flexors or extensors, instead they are considered muscle “chains’ strengthened by complex, three-dimensional movements like lunges, squats, lateral moves, jumps and arm hangs - movements that you might encounter in your day.  FFMT also works with the greatest network in our body….our Fascia aka connective tissue.  Fascia permeates the entire body as a network of fibers that provides a tensegral force from head to toe.  A healthy tensegrity structure will evenly absorb shock and compression and can adapt to distribute movement, trauma and shock throughout the body.    Fascia wraps and stabilizes muscles and organs and prevents friction between our muscles.  Collagen and elastin fibers give fascia its shape and structure.  Repetitive motion, overuse and injury cause the fibers to become disorganized and this prevents the the muscles from gliding smoothly.  When this happens a person experiences pain and immobility.

The concept of FFMT is easy once you understand it….It’s intelligent, it’s full-body engagement, it’s varied and training takes place with your own body weight or with specialized equipment like ropes, light weights, jump boxes and balance boards.  FFMT can be intense but it’s fun and studies show that it’s more effective than traditional types of exercise like running and aerobics.  “We have previously carried out training with a muscle-awareness and now we have to learn to perform a workout with a fascia-consciousness” explains Dr. Robert Schleip - one of Germany’s leading fascia researchers.  

Want to experience a FFMT Training Session?  Contact Nicole today at and schedule your session today.