July 28, 2022
In this episode, we chat with Gray Cook. Gray is a practicing physical therapist, a orthopedic certified specialist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, a company that promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment. His work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. You’ll find him lecturing on these topics several weekends each month, worldwide. His career started with an undergraduate degree in sports medicine and exercise science, with minors in athletic training and psychology. His interest took him to the University of Miami, where he studied physical therapy and furthered his strength and conditioning development.
Gray has introduced a systems approach to understanding, training, and rehabilitating movement. He contends that we must map movement patterns and consider movement as a behavior, not simply as clean mechanical data. We must also develop a better understanding of how movement is learned, maintained, and restored. Gray’s work cuts to the core of problems like low back pain, obesity, and the general physical decline of modern culture. By revisiting the natural developmental principals that all infants employ as they learn to walk, run and climb, Gray forces us the rethink motor learning, corrective exercise, and modern conditioning practices.
Highlights of this podcast include: