TRAINING FOR HUMANS
Holistic fitness system allowing you to move as nature intended
Feel healthy, fix your deficiencies, address pain, get strong, increase stamina and agility, and look amazing - who doesn't want that?
THE TRAINING SYSTEM
The Isractive training for humans concept is broken down into 5 clearly defined stages. In order to move and function in the most efficient way it is important that trainees complete each stage and master its techniques with proficiency before progressing to the next level.
READ MORE ABOUT THE STAGES OF TRAINING BELOW
The TRAINING FOR HUMANS concept re-focusses the mis-used term 'functional training' into a fitness program that brings out the best possible movement, endurance and integrated strength abilities and performance of the trainee. This is achieved by re-assesment and activation of human biomechanics of the trainee via a range of corrective exercises and multi-planar movement routines.
"...a teacher is someone who just repeats to you information that was repeated to him. A coach knows how to find the best way of developing his trainee with that information. For every client that method of coaching is unique. Let me coach you and find the best way of guiding you to bring out the best in you..."
Patience and perseverance for perfect performance
Consider if your choice of exercise is going to help improve your primary function as a human. If not question whether it will actually hinder your progress.
Protect your joints by ensuring all routines are performed from a bio-mechanically safe and efficient positions and movement patterns. If in doubt, check with a professional.
Volume over loading. Perform quality repetitions of an exercise many times in place of heavy reps of an exercise less times. Use equipment to complement not control your workout
Prevent the creation of new deficiencies by keeping muscle and fascia tissues supple and flexible by using massage and stretching techniques.
Investing 20 minutes practicing an exercise accurately will help you progress quicker than a 2 hour badly performed heavy or messy workout.
Peak into the Isractive training style in gallery below
'if it looks like it's effortless then you're doing something right'
The ISRACTIVE fitness coaching ideology addresses the often forgotten purpose of a training program which as the name suggests should primarily be about being fit, healthy and efficient. Traditional and 'old school' systems are failing fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike by rendering them injured or impaired rather than improved and empowered.
Whilst growing up in the UK I was always an active person, swimming, cycling, running, and constantly monkeying around climbing on and jumping off of whatever I could find. At a young age natural movement patterns were organically formed and agility and abilities gained freely with ease. After qualifying as a personal trainer at the Wingate Institute of Sport in Israel and starting to work in the fitness industry I soon realised that there was a serious flaw in the way traditional fitness programs are administered. With reference to my education in Human Anatomy, Kinesiology I started to understand that hypertrophy through muscle isolation is taught and emphasised as the main goal for those participating in any exercise program. With this in mind most gym-goers and personal trainers are following programs that don't fix a persons de-ficiencies, and focus only on 'getting big'. I observed that trainees with 21st century deficiencies through excessive inactivity were then becoming injured from following these outdated and ignorant training methods. From this point I immediately decided that the only way to help people to achieve healthy, efficient and functional bodies is to build a training system that enables them to gain the natural movement patterns that have helped me stay in top shape - capable, agile, strong, and efficient.
Analysis and Correction
Rotation, anti rotation and gait cycle
Going 3D - Multiplanar movements
The PUSH for endurance
Feedback and implementation
'Training for Humans' - a bespoke fitness system for those wishing to perform at their best, pre-hab their bodies, recover from injuries and handle all that life throws at them.
MY CRANE ANALOGY - AND WHY STRUCTURALISM WORKS
As the first of many blog posts to come I decided that I would tell my story of the building site crane. It's an overly simplified analogy comparing an immensely strong machine that we see active on construction sites all over the developing world to our muscular-skeletal system of the human body. I bring this story into conversation early on with new clients when helping them into understanding the process of building real applicable strength and stability into their bodies, and why a precise, controlled and patient work(out) ethic necessary in order to achieve this.Mechanics is everywhere. It is so common to the point that the majority of us don't even pay attention to mechanics at work. The obvious examples that spring to mind might be the cars we drive, or appliances in our houses such as washing machines or heating units. But how often do we appreciate the reason why our buildings don't fall down or how the brackets holding our TV to the wall are so strong. When was the last time you considered how electricity cables don't pull down pylons or how bridges span distant expanses without collapsing? This is before we even look into the natural environment (where incidentally many man made structures have been designed based on support systems inspired by nature).So going back to the good old crane. For simplicity just imagine a standard high rise crane with one vertical leg and a long arm across the top. It is designed to haul loads of thousands of tonnes high into the air with ease. Now just for one minute imagine that the leg of that crane had a kink half way up and the arm at the top was moved off centre. It doesn’t take a huge amount of understanding to realise this is a recipe for disaster and will inevitably lead to the collapse of the crane as soon as it comes under load or tries to move.At this point I want you to imagine that our bodies are that crane, our spine is the leg, and our arm is the arm. When we know how to stand well, to control and maintain a neutral spine position and structural integrity from the ground up our bodies can be incredibly strong, powerful and efficient. But introduce that leg kink (as a bend in the spine), or an off set lifting arm (a shoulder joint that is permanently internally rotated) then we immediately lose our integrity and our potential power and strength is significantly diminished. Load up your body whilst in this state and you’re asking for damage, and the pain and weakness that follows.Whilst biomechanics is an infinitely diverse and complex subject, with more varied parameters and environmental influences to take into account, it still easy to understand why structural integrity is so important in order to maintain an efficient and strong body.One school of thought says that physical therapists, personal trainers, chiropractors and osteopaths should all be working with the same goal in mind. To restore or maintain the natural function and ability of the human body in order that we are able to live as strong, capable, and pain free as possible contributing to overall healthy lifestyle.I have seen time and time again that by correcting peoples movement patterns and eliminating damaging habits and dysfunctions that clients are able to workout, perform well in sports and enjoy a happy and healthy life. For this reason I urge you to embrace structuralism within your training program in order to see the most effective and longest lasting results .
Thinking of going vegetarian or vegan?Here's some important information if you're thinking about making the transition
Vegetarian and veganism has gained a lot of momentum in the last few years and it’s now easier than ever to make this transition as more shops and restaurants are starting to include a variety of veggie options. In general, a standard western diet includes too much protein and not enough vegetables and with red meat having connections to cancer and the environmental impact that the meat industry is having on our environment it’s no wonder people are starting to make the switch. Going veggie can have a lot of health and performance benefits, such as reduced inflammation, weight loss, lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as improved gut-health, but making the switch doesn’t instantly mean that you’re going to be eating and feeling better. Part of the reason that people have such success with going veggie is because, in general, they end up making healthier choices by eating less processed foods and more whole foods. There are plenty of unhealthy veggie-eaters out there that rely on processed meat-substitutes and other packaged foods. I mean, Oreos are technically vegan but that doesn’t make them a healthier choice. Successful veggie eaters get their full servings of vegetables in a day but are not just focused on vegetables. Successful veggie eaters, especially those that are athletes, also view their food as fuel and make sure their meals are well rounded to included a balance of protein and carbohydrates.“For me, it's about optimizing health. It's about lifestyle and longevity. Then you think about what vegetarian diets can do for the mass population, in terms of lower consumption of resources. When you look at the numbers, it's pretty staggering.” - Scott Jurek, elite ultramarathoner, author, and vegan.Going veggie, especially going vegan, means that you need to pay attention to your vitamin needs. Vegans are more prone to vitamin B12 deficiencies as it is not a vitamin that humans naturally produce but it is found supplemented in many dairy products. Additionally, females, and especially female athletes need to stay on top of their iron intake as female vegan athletes needing 80% more iron than a non-vegan female athlete. Now some of these stats are used to deter people from going veggie, which is understandable as it may not always be best the best diet for everyone and their lifestyles, but in general you can get the nutrients that you need by eating a variety of different types and colours of vegetables, vegetables rich in iron and magnesium, healthy fats from foods like avocados, as well as including items like nutritional yeast and swapping out refined grains for whole grains. Variety is key.Protein is also important as this what makes us feel full, it is also especially important as an as athlete but this is not as difficult to acquire as many carnivores would have you believe. In general a person requires around 7 grams of protein every day for every 20 pounds of body weight. A cup of cooked lentils provides about 18 grams of protein, around 15 grams of fiber and it has virtually no saturated fat or sodium. There are also plenty of other plant-based options that provide the right amount of protein such as beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, quinoa and nuts. Additionally, even modest vegetables like broccoli, carry certain amounts of protein as do the majority of other vegetables.The important thing to think about going forward, even if you’re not ready or not willing to make the switch just yet, is to just start off by choosing whole foods, mostly vegetables, and by reducing your intake of meat and diary.“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollen, author of “In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto”
CHANGE YOUR POSITION NOW!The importance of staying in motion every day
Stop for too long and you might just get stuck - don't believe us? Here's the facts --->
This One Activity Should Be Your Biggest Daily Habit
There are things we do every day because its good for us - for example, brushing our teeth. Yet there are others we should do and we don't. Who decides what makes it onto the daily to do list and what doesn't?
Personal Trainers are NOT Babysitters
Why the workouts outside of your personal training time are the most important.
Wanna have more sex? Improving your posture is a good way to start!
Your posture sucks. And now you may want to fix it for reasons other than just your health.....