Saturday, February 24, 2007

Integrated Training

Integrated training is a concept that incorporates all forms of training in an integrated fashion as part of a progressive system. These forms of training include flexibility training, cardio training, core training, balance training, reactive training and resistance training. This system was developed by NASM and is termed Optimum Performance Training (TM).

The OPT model is a training program that systematically progresses anyone to any fitness goal. It's detailed. It's organized. It's science. It's how I work out and it's how I train all of my clients.

The OPT model is based on the scientific rationale of human movement science. Each stage has a designated purpose that produces a systematic approach for progression toward individual goals.

The OPT model is divided into three different building blocks- Stabilization, Strength and Power. Each building block contains specific phases of training.

Stabilization training addresses muscular imbalances, challenges the core muscles, improves the stabilization of joints and overall posture. This is a component of training often left out by the fitness professional however, it is the most important in helping to achieve the desired fitness goal.

Strength training focuses on increasing muscle size and or maximal strength. Most traditional programs begin at this point and as a result, often lead to injury. The body is not strong enough from the "inside", or the core and stabilization muscles, and the body cannot tolerate the type of load needed in this phase.

Power training is to target specific forms of training that are necessary for force production. This is the training program for any athlete looking to improve their sports performance.

All of these phases of training have been specifically designed to follow biomechanical, physiological and functional principles that minimize injury and maximizes long lasting results.

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