Archive for August, 2010


Thanks to our new and ever-evolving human techno-based lifestyles, we’ve started to grow like the picture below.  Notice how the head is jutting in front of the body.  For every inch forward the head moves beyond the midline, the structure of the neck has to deal with around 10 lbs. of extra load.  Imagine your arm carrying 10 pounds of extra load all day, you start to get the picture.  The amount of strain and tension it takes to hold your head up is immense.   If your trainer hasn’t ever tracked your head position, you might have them check my blog.

Head position is a critical aspect to functional training, there are so many nerves exiting the cervical spine, it’s amazing the blood can even get to them.  Take a minute and google “cervical spine innervation”.  Look at the volume of nerves in the span of the neck, now consider the neck is essentially balancing on top of your torso.

Now consider if you exercise with this head position.  It’s like feeding your body a type of poison that is known for creating all sorts of headaches.  If you use a laptop, your head position is just like this.  Thank you technology for creating another adaptation very few people are aware of enough to help people not damage there bodies.

The modern neck due to computers...

Check out some of these exercises!   They are corrective in nature, influencing your structure to strengthen the groups of muscles that pull the head position into a more biomechanical balanced position, effectively undoing the positions we put ourselves in every day.

#52 Supine Bridge from Live Functional on Vimeo.

Try this one.

#75 Standing Single Leg Lunge from Live Functional on Vimeo.

This one is not for neck realignment, it’s just fun!

#85 Standing Jump Lunge from Live Functional on Vimeo.

Enjoy and in a couple of days I’m going to publish the proper instructions and corrections for these exercises. I’ll give you a hint. Keep the back straight and keep the head over the shoulders, consciously. Not in front of the shoulders, above the shoulders.
Stay tuned… for the corrections in 48 hrs.

Check out the Exercises of the Week on the Functional Fitness on Broadway Blog

Hey folks, check out corrective exercises of the week from our Functional Fitness USA archives.  We’ll be releasing exercises on the Functional Fitness on Broadway Blog.  Enjoy the benefits of  exploring full body movement integration, applying your mind through your body consciously.  Start slow, sensing the depth of each movement through your structural understanding of tension.  Don’t just push, use your nervous system to feel into the reality of having a living breathing body.