Translated: Fre Flo Do will kick your butt. All exercises take place on a tortuous contraption Clarke created called the Launchpad. “It looks like something out of the Jetsons,” he confesses. Think of a treadmill with no hand supports or digital display. Oh yeah, it also rotates. “It puts people in a freaky state of mind. But if you don’t work on the mechanics of changing directions on a regular basis, you’ll get injured trying to do something your body can’t do intuitively,” he says.
One primary objective is to get clients to land on the pads of their feet rather than their heels. “Be like that rock that skims the surface of the water,” he says. “The less time your body spends in contact with the surface, the less risk of injury. If you don’t land lightly, the Launchpad will do what it was designed to do: launch your ass right off.”
Clarke abhors many fitness traditions. “The world is constantly in flux,” he says. “Maintaining stability [in your workouts] is fruitless.” For instance, he doesn’t tell clients how many reps they’ll do before each exercise. “As long as you have a number [in your head], you don’t know what you can do,” Clarke says. “The set really begins when the body says you have nothing left. I create strategies to help you get past that point.”
Clarke’s regimen isn’t designed merely to help clients get stronger and prevent injuries but also to enhance their ability to control their body and understand it. “You become so much more in tune with not just how your body works but how your mental state affects how it works,” he says.