Benefits of Foundation Training for Athletes

Benefits of Foundation Training for Athletes

Join me Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at PainFree Posture MN for a Pop-Up Foundation Training class.  Cost is $5/person and is FREE to students who are registered for the Four-Week Foundation Training Flow series.

Foundation Training can help ANYONE who struggles with chronic low back pain who wants to learn how to move from pain to improved performance in activities of daily living and athletic pursuits.  


What is Foundation Training?

Foundation Training [FT] is a profoundly simple exercise protocol that teach you how to integrate the muscles in the body responsible for proper movement. Specifically the muscles important in maintaining proper spinal length, spinal and hip stabilization, and those accessing the primary support systems of the body like the gluteal and hamstring muscles (aka posterior chain).

Benefits of Foundation Training for athletes include:

  • Helping restor your posture and overall spine function
  • Reduced back and neck pain;
  • Ability to lift more weight with good form and without pain
  • Reduced muscle and joint pain
  • Fewer headaches and muscle aches.


FT empowers the student to connect and engage to the bio-mechanical principles of muscular support, length, and strength, enabling you to take control over how you feel in your body, and for the CrossFit athlete, the movements seamlessly transfer into the Olympic lifts.


The result?  Pain free movement improvements in athletic performance and activities of daily living. 


I should know.  


Not only am I Corrective Exercise Specialist who rehabs people with chronic pain and repetitive injury, but I'm also an avid CrossFitter myself.  


Recently I had the opportunity to share about the benefits of Foundation Training to help heal low back pain in an article I wrote for PurePharma [See 3 Low Back Exercises to Heal and Strengthen

Benefits of Foundation Training for Athletes 

However, I'm certainly not the first to tout the benefits of Foundation Training to the CrossFit community at large.  Traver Boehm, Co Founder of CrossFit Pacific Coast and contributing author at Breaking Muscle wrote and excellent piece about his own personal experience as both a CrossFit athlete and box owner on the benefits of adding Foundation Training into their programming.  

In his article,  Foundation Training: Relieve Pain and Improve Performance, Boehm says that Foundation Training teaches 

"people how to change the movement patterns that are breaking them down – the patterns setting them up for injury in CrossFit.

As a coach, I have found the positions and movements of Foundation to be invaluable training tools. Telling an athlete to engage their lumbar is one thing. Putting them into a physical position where they are forced to engage their lumbar and therefore have the tangible experience of it being engaged is exponentially more powerful. Repeatedly putting people into that position until they are not only engaging their lumbar consistently, but additionally building the necessarily strength in the corresponding muscles is the best way to keep them out of the chiropractor’s office."

And he's not the first.  Foundation Training is taking the medical rehab and elite athletic community by storm.  


I'm extremely pleased to offer Foundation Training as part of the regular programming at PainFree Posture MN.

You're welcome to join us.  All you need is a yoga mat and a yoga block.  Questions?  Please send a message.   Hope to see you there!

Stock Photo Credit:

Head Photo Credit:  Melissa Thome Photography

Author:  Deb Preachuk is the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.  A CF-L1 Trainer, Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Pn-L1 Exercise Nutrition Coach, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, Deb has 30 years experience in the health and wellness field.  

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