The Functional Path is a path that had been traveled many times before but had fallen out of use in favor of smoother paved roads that promised faster and easier results. Seeking to follow and better define the functional path is a continuing journey, fortunately it is a journey that many have traveled before. Functional Path training is getting back to the basics of movement. It is learning to tune into the body and it’s inherent wisdom to produce rhythmic flowing movement.
The mission of this program is to develop a cadre of experts to define the field of Athletic Development by educating professionals in foundational principles and methodology. Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship, combines the features of both into a unique interactive blend of theory and practice in a five-day residential coaching school. This is an opportunity to observe, question, and explore the application of the Gambetta Method - Systematic Sport Development Model of training and injury rehabilitation.
Function and Functional Training– Are there a better words?
The words function and functional training have been bastardized and trivialized to the point that they are virtually meaningless. We need to come up with a better more exact term that is descriptive of function and functional training. Certainly everything and anything that involves movement is functional, it is just how functional it is? I don’t have a solution to this dilemma, but I am very concerned. The dangerous “stuff” that I see marketed as functional training alarms me. Anyone can make someone tired and keep them entertained, but is it really training with a purpose or goal? Frankly I find myself rarely if ever using the word function or functional training because it conjures up images in people’s minds that I do not stand for. Many people consider me the father of functional training, but what I see now in many cases are bastard stepchildren out to make a fast a fast buck with no interest in advancing the profession of coaching and sound training of athletes. In many cases these programs are dangerous and actually hurt people. I would be interested in your ideas and input to help get us back on the true functional path.