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In fitness you’ll find many tomes.
Each has its own unique benefits, limitations and place in the realm known as physical culture.
You can probably guess I’ve followed a few over the years.
Becoming embroiled in one thought process is easily done, especially if it’s spoken with enough conviction. In the 70’s we had body building, the 80’s had step, the 90’s was functions training and the last couple of decades brought us CrossFit & HIIT and more recently Movement Culture.
As mentioned above, all have their good points and in truth once you find one that keeps you consistently training you’ll feel great, or at least a part of something bigger than yourself.
I’ve personally been in the industry a fair while now, a literal lifetime when compared to the age of some young adults just stepping in to the field.
In this span I’ve seen trends come and go.
Plus there are a few things that have stayed and will always remain important.
- Mobility & Movement
- Enjoyment (purpose)
You might love running, if so cool you go run just be aware of what running is lacking from the above (strength).
Perhaps you’re a powerlifter, great just be sure to fill in the missing gaps (health, mobility & movement).
I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.
On a personal note I don’t really care what people do so long as they are doing it for the right reasons, that being it means something to them that is at the live of their very soul, none of this superficial bullshit, got no time for such pointless things.
Do you love what you do?
No, really, can you say without any doubt you love what you do (in the gym, this kinda applies for life as well – just saying).
If you have any hesitation or have to justify your answer then somethings not right.
You’ll find many a doctrine in fitness, ideal if you find one that have the elements mentioned above that’s the most optimal one, however it’s also rare.
Oh, before I forget, it’s okay to create your own style you know. Learn from all the single views of the big picture and eventually you’ll have quite the impressive view to which you can then give back to the realm of fitness by creating something of your own.
Did you know you’ll never be good at the things you don’t do.
I know right, quite the mind blowing sentence.
Funny thing is this is something a lot of people actually forget or just don’t seem to be aware of.
When it comes to fitness, or movement as a whole the use/disuse principle is quite really one people should keep in the back of their mind at all times.
If you are looking at having a certain set of skills they need to be practiced.
^^Once you acquire the skills maintaining them (depending on how high a level you want to retain) can take minimal effort.
Same goes for an area you’re aiming to improve or build upon, it needs some attention. 👀
All that being said, you’ve also got to accept there may be some form of sacrifice of what you have to gain what you want.
The cosmic balance must be maintained as it were. ♟
I like to think of it like spinning plates.
You can spin only so many as one time, those will be the ones that are looking good yet there will be some that are slowing, others that are about to topple and a few that are already in free fall, that’s just life.
Using fitness as an example.
You are rather unlikely to bench press 500lbs while also being able to run a sub 5min mile pace on a marathon.
True enough it’s not an impossible task to achieve, however it’s just not probable or reasonable for many.
In our mind we see ourselves at our peak or what was our last peak of fitness, this leaves us with a hefty dose of cognitive dissonance in regards to our abilities.
You’ll also find it’s another reason people won’t push themselves out of their comfort zones and be humbled.
Unless it’s proven it can be ignored. 🤔
Many would rather live in blissful ignorance than uncomfortable awareness.
Sad but very true.
So to wrap up this little mid morning musing take some time to be honest with yourself.
What areas do you need to work on more than you do?
^^This can be in relation to fitness, life, business and more.
Give it some thought.
I’ve never seen a butterfly with wings to two different colours before.
One electric blue & one magenta.
I wanted it to land so I could admire it because rare things should always be admired.
Alas it only lingered for a moment before disappearing amount the leafs of a tree.
Strange morning really.
Do you want to know a little bit about how I program for people?
Here you go –
Step 1 – Make it ultra complex
Step 2 – ???
Step 3 -They become life long indentured clients because they can’t workout what I’ve programmed 😂
A classic business trope.
Okay, on a slightly more serious note, let us look at the movement element of how I program so that hopefully you can take something away from it and apply to your own.
I base a lot off of a hierarchy of movement.
– Movement Itself (crawling, climbing, full body)
– Loaded Carry Patterns
– Hinging Patterns
– Squatting Patterns
– Pulling Patterns
– Pushing Patterns
These cover all the planes of motion (sagittal, frontal, transverse), along with bi/unilateral and rotation/anti-rotation.
^^ More on that another day.
Depending on the ability of each person things will be more or less spicy.
You can’t build a fortress on a marsh.
The focus is on the fundamentals, getting people structure locked in and allowing them to move well.
So in short, we start with a pattern.
Example: Push Isometric
Basic – Plank Hold
Intermediate – Pike Hold
Advanced – Handstand Hold
All a pushing movement bias pattern, I’d start here to build on a persons ‘feeling’ or you might say their body awareness and capability to stabilise and create the required tension/torques in their body.
The three above might not seem like much or have any where to progress to except for added time.
Or some some will think.
Here are some progression options.
– Single arm
– Single leg
– Single arm & leg (where applicable)
– Resistance band pulling towards non-based arm/leg
– Unstable surface (safe options only)
– Alternating arm
– Alternating leg
– Alternating arm & leg (where applicable)
^^ This is without even looking at classic kit such as barbells, kettlebells and other lovely items.
Oh yes, people who spam the same cookie cutter programs are being lazy.
Actually that’s not fair to say, this is why we have a niche that we find and call our own, because when you look at all the possibilities and permutations you’ll see how you can’t do it all and that picking a field to specialise in is a good shout.
Can you start to see just how much progression you truly have to play with once you look beyond the classic ‘bro’ of sets/reps/load.
Of course there is nothing wrong with bro-training, however that is merely one element of training or programming, this rabbit hole is truly a deep one.
So my strong strong friends, where do you start?
Try looking at movement patterns first because it will allow you to see what people are doing a lot of and what falls woefully short (that’s where they need to focus – average person, athletes are another story).
The above can be a checklist of needs, it will allow you to program to a persons wants wile actually getting them to do things that help in the long run.
Any questions pop them below.
“I’m not saying people are idiots, Let’s face it though, we all know at least one.”
^^ Made me chuckle this morning.
For all the best intentions in the world some are just beyond help, or at least not ready for it.
I had a discussion about strength over the weekend.
One of my favourite kinds of discussion.
We touched on many things, most importantly the ‘use it or lose it principle’.
This relates quite nicely to the way people train and what it can potentially end up costing them in the long run.
There are various types of strength, here is a nice easy way to remember some of the key ones.
– Slow Strength (grinding, integrity under load)
– Fast Strength (acceleration, jumping, throwing)
– Mobile Strength (athleticism, movement)
You will find there may be a bias in regards to they dominant type of strength you need if you play a sport, compete in something or have an ultra specific goal.
If however you’re just someone what wants to train then you’d do well to cover all the bases.
We often get very tied to a couple of specific ideas, or ways of training.
While not a terrible thing it can limit our overall progress and abilities.
I’d like you to consider the above in your training.
Can you think of a way to get all three in?
They don’t have to be in any specific order, you can go with the above, reverse it, mix and match doing 2/3 each session, or even just pick one element to focus on for an entire session.
Select a movement(s) forces and away you go.
Mobile Strength (warm up) – Loaded Carries & Crawling
Fast Strength (main lift) – Power Clean & Push Jerk
Slow Strength (accessory lifts) – Press, DL, Row, Chin
Training isn’t set in stone, it’s alright if you train something other than classic body building.
If you can crawl along the floor, climb things without support, pick up heavy -ish loads and potentially carry or press them overhead them if needed, and most importantly move without any pain, you’re on to a winner.
Remember, we’re not meant to be good at just one thing.
We have the ability to be good at many things, so why waste that opportunity.
Take a look at your current training and see what you’re missing, then perhaps consider adding it in.
It’s quite an interesting word really.
We will often hear people talk about how to stay motivated when things get tough, or how to reignite a lost motivation and anything that is of a similar disposition, and while the intentions are good it is a sad truth that it rarely helps, if at all.
Talking a good game to achieve that instantaneous boots in moral is easy.
People can get a similar dopamine hit from merely talking about what they re going to do, in fact if you take the time to dig in to the science surrounding it you’ll find that the brain scans etc are almost indistinguishable in terms of response, meaning from a glance (without knowing exactly what to look for), you’d not see any really difference.
Same goes for the biochemical responses, to a degree.
That’s a rather fascinating little thing to know, however don’t take my word for it, please delve down that rabbit hole.
Anyway, back to motivation.
Aiming to sustain it, reignite it, or draw on some special reserve is largely a fruitless endeavour because it isn’t motivation that keeps us going, it’s resilience.
It is easy to see how people think it’s that people are highly motivated, however this not really how it works because you will find that the aforementioned is more akin to gasoline and added to the fire for that initial oomph in to action and after that you’re going to need something more substantial to keep that furnace going.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that ‘thing’ is to you because I’m not you.
For me it’s a simple case of enjoying the struggle and having go fight my way through a tough challenge because once I come out the other end of it all I will know a lot more about myself.
This is what sustains me through the resistances I meet when pursuing a goal.
It’s a conscience choice to keep moving forwards, that’s all.
If you can make yourself doing the thing you need to do, then in the end you’ll find what once seemed like an insurmountable task wasn’t really that bad, even if the struggle is real it’s better to embrace it every step of the way and just do what needs to be done, than it is to rely on bursts of motivation.
Of course this is only one perspective.
Having lofty goals can be a good thing, you’d be surprised that if you are to ask for the Moon how often once all was said and done it would be given to you.
Aim high, fight on, enjoy your motivation while it’s there just don’t rely on it and prepare for the struggle.
Once you come out the other end, it’ll all be worth it.