Eion has dealt with low back and shoulder pains when playing sports. When you connect the dots beginning with your posture and working your way out from there you begin to create a path of efficiency.
When that efficient path is found your body is able to find leverage with your muscles that allow for pain free posture and movement. Whether it’s going out for a hike or run, lifting a heavy object, or playing sports like Eion does finding the right muscle tensions and leverage is key.
When take the FP systems approach at addressing your system instead of your symptoms you will learn what finding the correct tensions for specific situations is all about.
Relaxed posture results in 2.5 years of FP training.
Before: Anterior pelvic tilt and shift Lumbar hyperlordosis Thoracic kyphosis Lack of intraabdominal pressure Scapular wing Ribcage compression Protrusion of thoracic vertebrae
After: Improved joint alignment More neutral pelvic position More neutral spine Improved intraabdominal pressure Improved scapular positioning Ribcage expansion Thoracic extension
“Before beginning FP training, Eoin had lower back pain and shoulder pain. Both of which have now been eliminated. Training consistency has always been the main issue as he is playing sport (training or matches) 6 days per week on top of school and a part-time job. He has made great progress however, as he never gets injured and feels no pain.”
Bryce was a powerlifter and was having hip joint and back pain. He then found FP.
After devoting himself to focusing on the FP BIG 4 (standing, walking, running, and throwing) he has gotten himself out of pain and has made headway on correcting the poor movement habits engrained by his previous training.
The results he has had didn’t require a heavy demand on routine, he did FP exercises, and his body memorized the functions. Essentially FP will train your body to hold the data it plugs into your body.
With FP, once you make biomechanical changes, they’re easier to keep.
Before: - Hip joint pain - Low back pain - Hips stuck shifting to the right - Limited spine movement - Compressed shoulders - Excessive knee valgus
After: - NO MORE hip pain - NO MORE back pain - MORE NEUTRAL hip traction - ADAPTABLE spine - DECOMPRESSED shoulders - DECREASED knee valgus
“Before I found FP, I was still a strength and conditioning trainer and crazy about powerlifting. Meanwhile I got a lot of chronic pain like lower back pain and sacroiliac joint pain at that time. After devoted to FP for 3 years, I have solved these problems I had. Besides, I cut the extra body fat and got functional muscle gain. Now I can run faster, throw better and utilize my strength to boxing and kicking and so on, not just in sagittal plane movements like powerlifting I did. As a FP practitioner now, I can help more people to make gain without pain now.”
Improving performance without sacrificing function is what FP is about. You don’t have to go through pains to make a few gains. In fact with FP your strength gains equate to a more pain free existence.
⏺Before: Shoulder back and Knee pain after playing tennis From posture picture we can see the right scapula wing also with rib flare. ⏺After: No more pain and feel smoother when playing tennis. Scapula wing fixed and core tension increased. #functionalpatterns#fpisthestandard
Before: Belly Bloating Lower back pain Pectus excavatum Ribcage compression Knee pain Excess body fat Poor scapular positioning No lat activation
After: TVA recruitment ✅ No more lower back pain ✅ Improved pectus excavatum ✅ Improved ribcage compression ✅ No more knee pain ✅ Functional weight loss ✅ Improved scapular position ✅ Lat activation ✅ Overall muscle hypertrophy ✅
Great improvements made by Trent here so far. He has worked on adopting a more functional value set that prioritises his health and has been able to reap the full benefits of FP as a result.
Before starting with FP I would experience a lot of pain in my knees and lower back from doing my job and taking part in other physical activities. Nowadays, however, I am pain free and can complete my work in a more efficient manner. I am also more selective in which types of activities I take part in. My breathing has also dramatically improved as before I found the compression in my ribcage and chest region restricted my ability to breathe in. Fp has helped me improve my ability to breathe and I have done a lot of work on reducing the compression in my ribcage. In conclusion, I would say that FP has helped me to move pain free both in my work and in everyday life.
“At 40 years old, I suffered a major disc herniation in my low back, which resulted in my walking with a drop foot. For 3 years I attempted to heal with chiropractic work, massage, and multiple personal trainers, but nothing seemed to be able to fully relieve the pain.
I was exhausted by the entire process and had just resigned myself to feeling poorly. When I found Ryan my main goal was simply not to reinjure myself–I never expected to actually have all of my pain disappear! We started training slowly, with a mix of foundational movements. As I gained confidence and strength, the exercises increased in intensity.
Every single training session was different; Ryan always comes prepared with new exercises and readily makes adjustments based on my progress. He is also extremely knowledgeable about the body, injuries, and movement. Ryan really took the time to understand my goals and has tailored a therapy and training program that feels very personal. He's patient, kind, and also extremely good at giving lots of specific verbal cues.
After just a few months of working together, my severe back and hip pain completely disappeared. Thanks to Ryan, I now know what to do on my own at home to help maintain a healthy, pain-free lifestyle!”
Here is an example of what 30 years of yoga and stretching produces with a human body compared to what 6 months of FP can produce with a human body. Great work here by @firstname.lastname@example.org Improved posture results here by my client over 6 months training about 2-3x per month. He is 48 years old and came to me after 30 years of practicing and teaching yoga. He was struggling with back and neck pain that didn’t seem to go away even after decades of yoga.
❌Depressed shoulders ❌Lack of upper trap engagement ❌Scapular winging ❌Rib cage compression ❌Lumbar compression ❌Lack of intra abdominal pressure ❌Neck and back pain
✅Neutralized shoulder position ✅Better upper trap engagement ✅Neutralized scapular position ✅Rib cage decompression ✅Lumbar decompression ✅Better intra abdominal pressure ✅Neck and back very much improved
My client’s own words:
“I feel younger and more bounce. I tried lifting weights in my early twenties for three months. I felt tight and like I was losing my range of motion. I continued doing yoga, which I have been doing since I was a boy. It felt much better to me, yet I was plagued by lower back pain and a stiff neck.
FP instantly felt right for my body when I tried it. It was like slowly ending an argument in my body that had been there for years. My breath has also changed. I was primarily a belly breather before, and now I feel my lungs and rib cage waking up and Walking, I feel my spine and ribs more integrated, my stomach responds more to my legs movement and most recently my solar plexus feels like it finally understands why it exists, which has also helped me feel my whole back feel present in my awareness. Another great surprise is that my eyes naturally make contact with others effortlessly without fear of being seen. It’s funny how yoga can really make me feel good, yet I had all of these holding patterns in my body that we’re not going away.
FP really helped me undo them and integrate them. I wish I had this available to me when I was a teenager. I would’ve really excelled in sports more than I did and just generally felt great.”
Bulging discs are no match for humans aiming to put in work on finding balance with @functionalpatterns! When amazing people train the right way, amazing things happen. Let's keep this this gain train roooollllinnn! __
SCOLIOSIS GAINS & PAIN-FREE LOWER BACK POST DISC BULGE . . Its never too late to make gains. Amazing results here from CERTIFIED Human Biomechanics Specialist 2 @fp_tim_robinson helping his client become functional again. This is the hallmark of the company. We make visible changes that can be seen on a human body. #fpisthestandard . . "RESULTS AFTER 6 MONTHS TRAINING: Big changes here from my client in Coffs Harbour (now on the SUNSHINE COAST). This is what a strong work ethic looks like when the body is put through the right kinds of stress. .
Left photo: relaxed posture - painful lower back disc bulge with referral of pain into his left leg on a history of abdominal hernia, scoliosis and a previous disc bulge that required surgery 40+ years ago.
Right: relaxed posture - no lower back pain, minor left leg dampened sensation, significantly reduced scoliosis and structural tensioning through the myofascial (muscular and fascial) system. .
Some amazing gains here with FP Human Biomechanics Specialist @_pablo_martin__! Taking his client to make gains without all the dysfunctional pains! That’s what makes FP special. Precision and execution so you aren’t left guessing what to do with your body. Fantastic work gentlemen! . . . **ONLINE TRAINING RESULTS** - 10 online sessions with @mikedoherty17 - Improved scapular/shoulder positioning, no more back and neck pain, improved awareness in Muay Thai striking, improved V taper body frame.
“Working with you I learned a lot about how my body can move. I felt much more balanced in each movement in my striking. I increased the velocity of my punching power and feel better controlling my posture through various Muay Thai strikes. Kicks are something I never felt as comfortable throwing as punches but now my kicks feel much better and more fluent.
Disc herniation pain and postural gains with FP Human Biomechanics Specialist @mike.mucciolo and his client Chase. Great work here guys!
“Chase came in to his initial consult with severe pain and the inability to stand up straight without pain after a disc herniation from sedentary practices as well as previous training methodologies. After trying traditional rehab, Chase sought out Functional Patterns. After 5 sessions he had a huge pain reduction overall as well as a restoration of the big spinal hip shift towards his right side.”
13 YEARS OF CHRONIC PAIN ELIMINATED from Certified HBS practitioner @fp.jamesruport
Results: 12 hours of digital training coupled with the 10 week course. . From @jordankuehner . "What a year! The picture on the left was when I was at my lowest point (physically). I've spent the last 13 years in chronic back/neck pain and have seen these crazy results from only a few months of working through the @Functional Patterns system with @fp.jamesruport . If the constant cycle of (PT, chiro, weight training, injury, repeat) sounds familiar, FP is the way to go. Without fail, I'd end up injuring myself after the bandaid of treating my symptoms wore off. FP looks for, and addresses, the CAUSE of your pain so you don't have to come crawling back for treatment. . It has changed my entire outlook on how the body moves and how to work through pain. To go from thinking about my back/neck before EVERY movement, to sleeping through the night and being able to play with my kids (pain free) is surreal. . There are no quick fixes when it comes to your health. Don't wait. Put in the work, and the results will speak for themselves."
AIN FREE POSTURE GAINS from Certified HBS practitioner @fp.india Relaxed posture after 12 sessions: Sina suffered from lower back pain 24 hrs a day (pain scale 8/10), thanks to FP training she is at zero pain 90% of the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some improvements are:
Improved shoulder position
"From having back pain as a status quo in my daily life and also accepting it to not knowing when this week my back hurt the last time is a game changer. I feel more centered and calm. I perceive my body differently than before. I rather see it as a vehicle for movement than optimizing it’s appearance. It is a new - a functional - way of life.“
Before photo: June 2019 After photo: February 2021
I feel like I am living in a completely different body to what I was back in 2019. Now that I have experienced what it feels like to decompress my joints, I realise how compressed I was from many years of traditional training. The fact that I was exercising at a squat rack most days and doing 3-4 yoga classes a week, but still got constant back pain had me really confused.
On top of that my ability to deal with stress was poor. I was living in a state of anxiety and depression without realising the direct connection to my poor biomechanics.
Once I prioritised my movement around walking, running & throwing - my back pain went. Changing my light environment, cutting out inflammatory grains from my diet and fasting has also helped improve my sleep / energy and lose around 10kg.
@functionalpatterns has not only changed the way I feel, look, move and respond to stress, but it has also saved my career in the fitness industry. I am so grateful to @elnaudi for his dedication to making humans functional again and glad that I spend my working day aiming to replicate the same changes on my clients.
If you’re on the fence about FP, my advice would be to just start. It’s the best decision I ever made.
SHOULDER AND LOWER BACK DECOMPRESSION GAINS from Certified HBS practitioner @fp_tomas.pavlovas
One year training results.
Even though there were lockdowns, we managed to get good structure improvement, reduced lower back and shoulder pain to 0.
Konstantinas' words: ''I started training with Tomas one year ago. At the beginning, my body hardly moved and my brain resisted to a new information and techniques. I felt like I am learning how to move from the beginning. Now, I can tell that @functionalpatterns was the best choise I made for my health. It helped me to improve my mental strength and lifestyle. I can move a lot better, I can balance much easier and I do not feel pain in my lower back and shoulder anymore. I highly recommend Functional Patterns system. You will feel taller and straighter after each training session.''
WEIGHTLOSS AND SCIATIC PAIN FREE MOVEMENT GAINS AT 48 from HBS practitioner @fp_mark_gresham
Here are results after 9 months of @functionalpatterns Patterns on my 48yo father. I'm very lucky to have the parents I have. Dad is one of the hardest working people I've ever met. Working 14hr+ days 365 days/year for most of his life on the farm left his body pretty beat. Mix that in with throughout his teens and 20s competing at a high level of Olympic weightlifting and you are left with a pretty degenerated body.
In the before video dad is suffering from sciatic pain and lower back pain. After 9 months of training the second video he's moving pain free, he is coiling his body like never before and lost 10kgs. Turning beef jerky into tissues with elastic recoil. It's motivating to see that at 48, Dad's redirected his time and effort into becoming a better mover. Are we finished? Not even close. So much work to go, but great progress so far!
HEAPING PLATE OF GAINS from Certified HBS practitioner @fpshannonhegarty Results from @ryan.piercy first photo is June 16th the second is November 20th. This is what happens when you eat the whole plate of FP and asks for more.
“Growing up I played all sports all the time. Some at a representative level, some not. In my mid 20's I joined the military. After a plethora of parachute jumps and carrying extreme weight over extreme distance my body began to give way. This came in the form of anterior compression of T11 and deterioration between C5/6. My pain scale was 2-3/10 24 hrs a day and would frequently shoot to 7/8 leaving me incapacitated for sometimes weeks at a time. After 5 months of FP with @fpshannonhegarty, my pain scale is ZERO 99% of the time. Occasionally I'll have some dehydration and pain might go to a 2/3. The phenomenal (literally) thing is that the pain dissolves on it's own with no input from me. My gait cycle now is my pain management system. The left pic is 81kg, the right pic is 76kg. To quantify my progress I have been sprinting and measuring my max speed. I have increased my top speed from 28.1km/h to 35.1km/h.”
This guy is as dedicated as they get and this is what happens when you commit to @functionalpatterns. Thank you bro ✊🏽
FROM DISC HERNIATION TO PAIN FREE SPRINTING Great work here from HBS practitioner @fp.jamesruport helping his client take the guess work out of taking care of his body.
Here is some progress from my client using functional patterns. He suffered a disk injury after 20 years of compensation from a previous back injury. . This was a very humbling and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to help and learn more about biomechanics. . A couple of key takeaways. 1. Injury prevention is a much easier route than rehabilitation. 2. Consistent stress will be needed even after you are out of pain.
Student testimonial @dibettencourt: "All my childhood and youth I practiced sport, I played 12 years of rugby with weight training as the basis of physical training, I played football with friends every week, I did several years of surfing, I didn't spend a day without doing sports, until one day at the age of 23 i got injured in the l5 s1, since then i had to stop all sport, it also started to hurt both my shoulders and i went from doctor to doctor for 5 years until i was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis. I tried everything traditional and alternative medicine had to offer. 6 more years of pain have passed being treated according to the protocols of this disease (immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory drugs), with mobility exercises. At the age of 35, I was told that, after all I did, I didn't have that desease, but rather chronic pain, I started taking drugs for this purpose, Tramadol + lyric. In 2018 I discovered the functional Patterns, as I evolved in this training method, I was taking less medication and in the last 7 months, I totally stop taken any medication and I can say that, now at 39, I am practically without any pain. I haven't felt so good in over 16 years. @fpbrasil and @fp_spain thank you for the help and being part in the process 👊🏼"
5 YEARS OF BACK PROBLEMS 80% REDUCED IN 2 SESSIONS from HBS practitioner @fp__chris
Mikhail / July 2020
❌ Before- Constant lower back pain, right shoulder pain shooting into his neck. Mikhail works long hours as a tattoo artist in NYC, spending most of his day sitting in the same position
✅ After- 80% pain reduction in both lower back and shoulder, this was done over two sessions we were able to squeeze into our tight schedules before I left NYC.
Client Testimonial- “Christopher is amazing trainer. Ive had back problems past 5 years from my sitting job, couldn’t sit straight in the chair for past year and a half. It took 2 sessions to make me feel much better. He always follows up how i feel and focuses on the areas that needed attention during the training. I really appreciate it and its best training for your body ive ever tried.”