Full Transcript # Question we’ve been getting: Is X3 functional? #
Great question. Ultimately the functional training argument is really sort of
oddly used, misused all the time. The function of a muscle is to shorten. So,
really, any time you move, you could call that function, which is why the word
is misused so often.
But, generally people who use the term “functional training,” are talking about,
“Does it mimic a natural pattern of movement?” Because the central nervous
system is more likely to recognize that, or a deficit in a normal movement
pattern, as a trigger for growth, or a trigger for upregulating an anabolic
hormone like testosterone, or growth hormone.
So, is X3 functional? #
Well, almost everything we do is to optimize our stronger range of motion in
movement. If you jump off the table and land, or box jump, you’re not gonna try
and bring your knees up close to your face to absorb that force. You’ll totally
injure yourself. Your natural reaction, you trip and fall, your natural reaction
is to have your arm right here, at a 120 degree angle, because this is where you
absorb, or produce the greatest amount of force. When a fighter hits somebody,
they don’t wanna hit ‘em right in here. They wanna hit ‘em right there.
So, what we wanna point out is, everything you do, you’re tryin’ to use your
stronger ranges of motion. Only in weightlifting do we try and put heavy loads
on the weaker ranges of motion, which is often a cause of injury.
So, with X3, you can do a higher weight and more repetitions in the optimized
range of motion. Then you can move back into the mid-range of motion, where
you’re using a lower weight and good fatigue there. Therefore, it is truly
You are fatiguing the way you would use the muscle, and then you get to diminish
the range. And when you finally go to fatigue in the weak range of motion, where
you would with a high weight, but with much lower amount of work done, much
lower amount of stimulus, you’re using a pretty light weight so you can actually
go a significant amount of repetitions in the weaker range.
So it is a far more complete fatigue of muscle in its actual functional use,
thereby triggering even more growth.