Trainer creates Platform 9 fitness tool that takes functional exercise to a whole new level

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From golf to volleyball, Procedos Platform 9 can be utilized in sports as well as personal training, group exercise and physical therapy. (KABC)

Trainer Julia Morichelli demonstrated what appears to be an advanced version of the game Twister. It's fun, but the concept couldn't be more different.

"It's based on a theory of applied functional science, basically movement. Why we move, how we move, the behavioral aspect of it," said Morichelli.

Nine numbered dots with marked degrees and angles provide a visual as to whether the user can perform a particular movement in a particular way.

"The test is the exercise and the exercise is the test," said Morichelli. "Whether you're a body builder, a cross fitter, a basketball player, it's going to enhance what you do on a daily basis."

Also a bonus for those working with seniors or in a physical therapy setting. Adding weights, resistance bands and other tools can alter the workout even more.

"Hundreds and hundreds, thousands of ways our body can move," said Morichelli.

Her client Tiffany Choy-Unruh is a sports chiropractor and a new mom who needs to get her core strong again to do her job.

"Other than just fixing injuries, it helps kind of balance out and kind of push the envelope a bit," said Choy-Unruh of Asuza.

On a recent trip to Stockholm, I met with creator Seth Ronland, who showed me how to work on low back weakness and other issues.

However, for those who don't want to use a trainer, you can get the mat. It explains all the movements you should be doing, along with variations so you can change up the workout.

The product is pricey at around $200, but Procedos offers online video and teacher training as well.
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