Firstly If you don't know the team that put this book together, then mark my words you will find them popping up everywhere around you. The guys are leaders in their field and they not only teach this stuff but "THEY DO" what they teach. The format of the book is clear, the language friendly and the science is on point. Whether you are looking to learn more about functional movement and tools to achieve it or to coach functional movement, this book has you covered.
There are systems and methodologies in this book that have been pivotal to my business growth over the past decade, I have not only read about these, I've put them into practice and they work, these teachings are my business!
These guys have been honing their craft for many years and have brought many other professionals up to higher abilities and standards along the way.
If you are struggling with the minefield of book choices out there and wondering if this book competes, let me save you the trouble, just buy it. You will not be sorry.
An absolute must have for anyone who is looking for a comprehensive guide to functional movement and fitness. Dan Henderson & Tarek Michael-Chouja have created a definitive guide to functional training
As a fitness enthusiast, I've done a lot of different 'functional' programs in my time. But prior to reading this book, I didn't have a true understanding of the movements I was undertaking, the sequence I was doing them in or the tools I was using. This lack of clear purpose or logical progression has made it hard to sustain interest in functional exercises. What's more, while swinging a kettlebell or hurling a sandbag can feel amazing, it can also be downright dangerous if you're not well-primed for the movement patterns.
The authors of Purpose Driven Movement have written their manual to address exactly these kinds of issues. Their aim is to provide a structured but flexible system of functional training that can be put to service for any number of different fitness goals.
The first two sections of the book focus on coaching theory and movement assessment, which are of course most relevant to those working in the fitness industry as coaches and PTs. I found these chapters an interesting read. The final part of the book, which deals with programming, was also very useful.
But the big bang-for-buck section for fitness enthusiasts like me is the third part of the book, the '5 pillars of functional training'. These chapters gave me a great overview of the different types of functional exercises (including modifications and progressions), the benefits of a number of functional tools (kettlebells, ropes, sandbags, suspension trainers) and how to layer these to produce the healthy, functional movement patterns that are necessary for true fitness.
Having received a thorough education on the purpose of each of these tools and movements, I will never be tempted to randomly insert them into my workouts again! This book has given me more confidence to evaluate my own gym's generic training programs and to modify them where needed to address my own functional weak spots.
For anyone who likes to put thought into their own fitness training, or makes a living training others, Purpose Driven Movement is a great read.
Love the work that has gone into this book. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to functional movement and coaching. A must read for any coach or personal trainer!!!! The authors to this book have written this after years of coaching coaches in this field and personally experiencing it themselves.