Monday, April 22, 2024

HFT Goes Beyond the Octagon


Hyperarch Fascia Training works for both UFC pros and everyday fitness enthusiasts.

For those who have never attended a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) event, it’s hard to describe the sensation. The roar of the crowd, the echo of Bruce Buffer’s signature “It’s … TIME!”, the excitement in the air as the fighters meet to touch gloves in the center of the octagon – it’s electric. The thrill is contagious as each fighter enters the arena to their signature fight song amidst the cheers of their fans. These fighters bring their all to the octagon and every event is gripping.

UFC is a fascinating sport to watch because – simply put – you never know what you’re going to see. In its early days, before weight classes were established, you could have a slender lightweight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter going up against a heavyweight boxer, and anything could happen. Even now that weight classes are the norm, you often see a grappler going up against a striker – meaning that the winner is often determined by whether the fight stays on its feet or goes to the ground. After all, the best striker in the world can only do so much to protect themselves against a fierce ground and pound!

But for most of us, the action remains right there – in the ring. It’s pretty uncommon for the casual fitness enthusiast to have access to the same type of training traditionally reserved for UFC professionals – or pros in other sports categories.

Now that’s changing.

Long-island based company Hyperarch Fascia Training Inc. uses a methodology – HFT for short – that is a truly groundbreaking system, used for elite athletes and weekend warriors alike. Even casual gym-goers can take part in this unique training – the same used by renowned fighters like UFC champion Zhang Weili, a strawweight contender currently preparing for UFC 300 under the guidance of HFT founder Coach Chong Xie.

“The benefits of HFT go far beyond the professional sporting arena,” shares Coach Xie. “Fascia-focused training offers a major advantage for all athletes, all skill levels. It’s accessible and can greatly affect performance and recovery, no matter what your experience level is.”

But what is fascia-focused training? Xie explains that as he developed his training system, he spent time researching what the fascia is and how it works. Fascia is a connective tissue that envelops muscles, bones, and organs, forming a continuous network throughout the body. It’s supportive and highly responsive, capable of storing and releasing energy, a characteristic that is vital for efficient movement and injury prevention.

So how did Coach Xie implement fascia into athletic training? HFT is a training method developed to optimize the functionality of the fascial network. Unlike traditional workouts that focus primarily on muscle size and strength, HFT emphasizes the holistic integration of the fascia and muscles. The idea, Coach Xie says, is to promote a more balanced and efficient body mechanics, leading to improved physical performance and reduced injury risk.

“Muscle compensation actually happens due to fascia and nerves are embedded in fascia.” says Coach Xie. He says that the initial focus is on awareness and activation of the fascia, particularly in the feet and glutes, which are crucial for movement efficiency. Simple exercises like mindful walking, balancing, and specific foot exercises can help activate these areas.

Some of the benefits of HFT for everyday fitness include:

  • Improved Movement Efficiency: HFT targets the strengthening of the fascial connections to enhance the body’s natural movement patterns, making everyday activities easier and more efficient.
  • Injury Reduction: A well-conditioned fascial network helps distribute physical stress more evenly across the body, reducing the risk of injuries commonly associated with repetitive or imbalanced movements.
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance: For recreational athletes, HFT can lead to improvements in speed, agility, and power – qualities that are beneficial across a variety of sports.
  • Better Posture and Alignment: Regular HFT exercises can improve posture and body alignment, owing to the holistic strengthening of the body’s support system.
  • Increased Body Awareness: Engaging in HFT promotes a greater sense of body awareness, or proprioception, which is key for overall physical coordination and balance.

Xie explains that incorporating HFT into daily life is straightforward. Simple exercises that focus on engaging and activating the fascial network can be integrated into regular fitness routines. For example, exercises like squats and lunges can be modified to focus more on fascial engagement rather than purely on muscular strength.

The benefits of HFT extend beyond physical fitness, touching aspects of overall wellness. The training can lead to improved sleep quality and reduced fascia adhesion levels, as the body operates more efficiently and pain-free. Additionally, the holistic approach of HFT encourages a more mindful and connected workout experience.

“As we age, maintaining a healthy fascial network becomes increasingly important,” Coach Xie points out. “HFT can help in maintaining flexibility, strength, and mobility. This way you can experience a higher quality of life as you grow older.”

While elite athletes like Zhang Weili are prime examples of HFT’s success, this elite exciting training system isn’t just for the pros. It’s a versatile, accessible method that can significantly benefit everyday fitness enthusiasts. Focusing on the fascial network means that HFT’s approach is unique – and it can truly emphasize efficiency, injury prevention, and holistic well-being in a sustainable and effective manner.

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