“Bigger, Faster, even Stronger is not Better. Better is Better. That is why we are First In and Last Standing.”
- Scott Sonnon, RMAX International Faculty Director, TACFIT® Founder, USA Police Grappling (Sambo) Team Coach, Conditioning Advisor and Subject Matter Expert for security, fire, police and military personnel.
Taught by GIMAA Owner/Instructor and 2nd degree black belt Joey Harrison and certified TACFIT® instructor Charlie Moore, this program is unlike any other offered. Read on to find out how you can try it in January – FOR FREE!
TACFIT® is used throughout the world by emergency response organizations – law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, soldiers, etc. – as the industry leader in physical fitness for those professions. Using movements and styles that are formulated for these groups to train for their jobs, along with martial arts techniques, TACFIT® conditions your body to perform at is maximum ability, even when tired.
“I have played a lot of sports over the years,” says Joey Harrison, “Football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and golf, some on collegiate and professional levels. And among all of the fitness regimens that I have been exposed to in those sports, it’s TACFIT® that has truly changed the way I work out. It’s an athletic workout that starts with a basic foundation that can be built upon to make the workout as simple or complex as you want it to be. Those new to working out can participate right beside those who have been at it for years, and still get a fulfilling and demanding workout on their terms.
Created by Scott Sonnon, TACFIT® is based on the Circular Strength Training® System, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Injury Proofing: developing the range and depth of functional skills in order to create a ‘safety valve’ for when movements deviate from the expected.
- Prehabilitation: priming connective tissue, joints and joint fluid for performance to prevent injuries and to refine the ability to absorb and retranslate force
- Active Recovery: specific low-intensity mobility exercise to recuperate from intense effort to prevent overtraining, increase healthy circulation and diminish delayed muscle soreness typical of extreme exertion.
- General Physical Preparedness: increasing the capacity to perform at high intensity for repeated bursts of short duration, and increasing the speed of recovery between bouts of activity.
- Specific Physical Preparedness: sophisticating work capacity in multiple planes, three dimensionally through the six degrees of freedom – heaving, swaying, surging, pitching, yawing, and rolling.
Although conventional fitness programs involve mono or bi-planar action on individual joints with long duration of single exercises, fitness demands multi-planar, multi-joint, multimodal exercise. The body acts as a balanced matrix: a sea of continuous tension pulling in with an architecture of compressive struts pushing out. TACFIT® increases the strength of integrity of that balance.
The recovery aspect of TACFIT® is what makes it such a revolutionary program, because it prepares you for after the workout. Other programs might teach you to stretch, but they don’t give you compensation exercises, which will help with recovery and mobility. Proper recovery prevents injuries, builds strength, reduces the amount of stress on the muscles, which helps prevent soreness, and gets you back to working out quicker – in essence, it loops the whole program together.
The key to TACFIT® is teaching the body to act as an integrated whole in every action. Physical preparedness, as a result, must reflect the following goals:
- Functional, Varied and Improvised Movements: exercise must cover a wide array of reality-based skills.
- Incrementally Progressive: exercise must be intense enough to elicit an adaptive, but sustainable response.
- Increasingly Sophisticated: exercise must increase the neurological challenge of movements.
- Effort through Efficiency: exercise must maximize the amount of useful work.
- Minimizing Discomfort by Maximizing Technique: exercise challenge must derive from functional exertion not dysfunctional mechanics.
Many fitness programs stress more, more, more: more weights, more reps, more equipment. But the quality of the movement is often lost in the “bigger, faster, stronger” mentality. “If I tell someone to give me three more reps, oh, they’ll give me three more – of something,” says Charlie Moore, “but it it won’t be right”. TACFIT® stresses quality over quantity. It’s better to do two repetitions correctly, then ten reps the wrong way. Each class is 30-40 minutes and uses an alternate work/rest timing pattern for each set to really push your body with the exercises, with time to recover and start again. Your best workout happens when techniques are done correctly and repetitively. TACFIT® builds you from the ground up; it doesn’t push you to do what you aren’t capable of yet.
A TACFIT® workout doesn’t only happen in the gym or dojo. You take what you learn home with you, where you can spend time stretching and recovering at home, so you’re ready to go for the next workout.
Golden Isles Martial Arts Academy is introducing TACFIT® to the Golden Isles by offering FREE classes in the month of January. Starting January 9th, GIMAA will hold eight classes per week, which are open to anyone at any fitness level.
Classes are divided into two groups: TACFIT® Primer, taught by Joey Harrison, which is good for beginners, and offers multiple progressions of the exercises so participants can modify their movements for their fitness level; and TACFIT®, taught by Charlie Moore, which starts with a short primer session, then offers a higher intensity exercise session for those who have a more advance fitness level. We highly recommend that you take one or two TACFIT® Primer sessions before you try the regular TACFIT® classes.
The first class begins on January 9, 2012. Those wanting to take part in the FREE offer must do two things: visit Golden Isles Martial Arts Academy on Facebook & “like” their page, and then reserve your 2-3 classes per week. Since class space is very limited, we will not allow walk-ins, so it’s important to reserve your class time. You can do so by sending us a Facebook post, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 912-268-2829. Classes will fill quickly on a first come, first serve basis, so reserve your spot right away!
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM TACFIT® Primer 30-40 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM TACFIT® Primer 30-40 minutes
Saturday 8:00 AM TACFIT® 45-60 minutes
Saturday 4:00 PM TACFIT® Primer 30-40 minutes
Sunday 8:00 AM TACFIT® 45-60 minutes
(Information for this article was obtainted from the TACFIT® website, www. http://www.rmaxi.com/tacfit/about.php. Article complied & written by Tavia Harrison.)