S&C at BodyPower? I don’t think so…
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see one of the biggest ‘fitness’ events in Europe take place. What started off as a niche bodybuilding show has recently become a little more relevant to you than you might think!!
I am assuming that subscribers to this website have performance related interests (hence they are following a Strength & Conditioning company) rather than predominantly aesthetic related interests, so you would be forgiven for thinking that BodyPower is just for muscle bound freaks and not for more technical ‘coaches’ – well don’t let social media tell you otherwise.
No matter what your interest BodyPower 2016 is most certainly for you.
I have already spoken to THREE Olympians who are there demonstrating their Olympic Lifting techniques and coaching those who need help, our very own Brendan Chaplin is delivering 3 practical sessions on Friday 13th, one of our partners (Ben Coomber from Body Type Nutrition) is delivering 2 talks each day on the Jordan Fitness stand and as if that wasn’t enough temptation the one, and only, Mark Laws (me) will be delivering a whopping 7 (SEVEN) talks throughout the entire event. Not to mention many of our friends from Lift The Bar and a whole host of top S&C coaches and practitioners will be on hand sharing information.
This leads me on to one of my favourite questions of all time – is Bodybuilding functional??
The obvious answer is no.
The actual answer is yes.
The grey area is people’s misunderstanding of the term ‘functional’.
The thing is, ‘functional’ training has been misunderstood for so many years and we have been led to believe that it means huge fancy multi directional movements in all three planes of motion at the same time. We could assume that most heavy weight bodybuilders wouldn’t be great at these movements. But that is where we have been wrong all these years.
Functional means ‘fit for purpose’.
If your training helps you to get better at whatever your daily life demands of you (such as work, daily chores, hobbies, sporting activities etc.) then it is fit for purpose and CAN be classed as functional.
If your training does not help you to get better at whatever daily life demands of you then it is not fit for purpose and therefore CANNOT be classed as functional.
So if your goal is to be able to swing a golf club more accurately and efficiently then a hypertrophy workout copied from a magazine may not be the most suitable idea as this would not be functional for golf. Whereas if you make a living from competing at bodybuilding shows and earn money from supplement/clothing sponsorships then that same workout would be functional for you.
I hope that makes sense to everyone – it is really simple but overly misunderstood.
The bottom line is that training like a bodybuilder is functional…if you are a bodybuilder and need huge rippling biceps and single digit body fat.
That is not to say that I am promoting that style of training. For those of you who have met me, or seen pictures of me in my pants, you would be forgiven for thinking that I am an elite bodybuilder…but sadly I am not. I know relatively nothing about that field so I do not attract any clients that have those goals.
The people I work with are predominantly average men/women who want to not feel like s*** every day and to be able to perform better during normal life, plus a small handful of professional athletes that want to be able to perform better at their jobs.
Therefore 100% of the work I do is ‘performance’ based and not ‘aesthetic’ based.
Bodybuilding may be ‘functional’ for those of us that have those specific goals but it is not ideal for ‘performance’.
Going back to my earlier point – there is some serious ‘performance’ knowledge to be gained from attending BodyPower this year, as ironic as that may seem haha…so if you are available try and make it down to the NEC at some point and come along to say hello to me and see for yourself that I am in fact a puny little dweeb and not a muscle bound freak!!!
P.S: I am delivering a Functional Performance workshop next weekend which will be a great hands on learning tool. If you want to give your clients more value and have lots of fun at the same time, check out the page here.