Strength Faction introduces Fury Thursdays!


Fury Thursdays are based on the Original Strength system.

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Though we have a few fellow Original Strength Instructors in this round of Faction, I realize that some of you may not be familiar with OS. I’m here to give you the basics and to help set you up for Thursday victory.
The Original Strength system is built upon tapping into the development sequence to build, or rebuild, our reflexive strength. Reflexive strength is reactive and predictive. You don’t consciously generate reflexive strength for a task. You’re body simply performs the task. When we walk, we don’t actively think lift leg swing arm. The brain and body subconsciously provide the appropriate amount of tension and movement patterning that allows us to walk. By using OS, we tie our body and our mind into the single functioning entity is it was designed to be.




Essentially, the developmental sequence is the strength training system we are all born with. The OS resets are based upon those stages.


The five resets are:


DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING. We’ll breathe in and out of our nose deep into our belly. Diaphragmatic breathing allows us to fully develop a reflexive core.




HEAD CONTROL. By leading with the eyes and letting the head follow we stim
ulate our vestibular system. Your VS is directly connected to your posture, balance and coordination. After breathing, the first thing babies do is look around and learn to hold up their big heads (which must have been really, really difficult for Mike Connelly). Head control not only feeds the vestibular system, it develops our abs and back muscles.


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ROLLING. Rolling patterns tie the body together. Hand to opposite foot, hip to opposite shoulder; it’s all connected. Rolling also has the added bonus of providing a ton of proprioceptive feedback to the brain.




ROCKING. Rocking is where we start to load the joints and begin to develop the natural curves of our spine. Rocking is also where we prep ourselves to crawl.




CRAWLING. Shit gets real in the crawling phase. We are reflexively strengthening our entire body. Crawling is the final step that gets us upright.




Here are some things to consider while training on Fury Thursdays.


  1. Avoid high tension strategies. We are not looking to plank, squeeze or get tight here. We’re moving. For example, if crawling gets hard, descend onto your knees and keep moving.
  2. Don’t forget to breathe. Breathe in and out of your nose the whole time.
  3. Keep your head up and lead with the eyes. Let your eyes lead the your head and look where you’re going.


Phase 1 Thursdays are intended to be purely restorative in nature. We’re going to focus on movement while avoiding high tension. If you find this day pretty easy, that’s awesome… and intentional. I assure you Fury Thursdays will get more challenging as the phases progress.


Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.


I hope this helps you make the most out of Fury Thursdays!


Thanks for your time.




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