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Second, I want to talk about a presentation I did yesterday for the staff of the Family Care Network here in SLO for their quarterly safety meeting. (they’re an amazing company and you should know about them and the great things they do for our community, www.FCNI.org)
Obviously I spoke on health, fitness and performance as you might expect… but my presentation on this stuff is not your typical, run-of-the-mill fitness lecture. And I always forget about that fact until I do one of these presentations and get reminded by my audience of how unique Athlon’s take on fitness and performance really is. Most of the other “fitness” people in my industry are still teaching/preaching the same ol’, tired bodybuilder methods that haven’t really helped too many people make the fitness gains they want.
I don’t have time here to give you the full presentation but I want to hit the two major movement points in the presentation that you need to understand so you’re getting the best fitness and performance results possible…
What do we ALL want when it comes to fitness (and for that matter, when it comes to anything)??
We want to: look good, feel good, perform well and think well.
And these four qualities can be trained and acheived with:
- Good Movement, and
- Good Nutrition
Today, we’ll focus on the good movement part…
There are two things that must be considered in your “good movement” (exercise) program. First, it must include training in ALL 10 Human Movement Skills:
1. Cardio 2. Strength 3. Flexibility
4. Power 5. Speed 6. Accuracy
7. Balance 8. Coordination 9. Agility
Whether we’re talking about looks or ability, you need all of these skills for success. In athletics for sure, but what about that time when you stubbed your toe and had to take a quick and explosive step to catch yourself or you were going to find yourself with a mouth full of sidewalk (and probably teeth too)?! That step (if it was successful) is taken with power and speed! Trust me, you better have it when you need it, and training it in the gym will ensure you have it when you need it (unless you don’t want your front teeth)…
In regards to looks… where do you think our typical idea of what “looks good” comes from? (hint: Michaelangelo’s “David”)
We base much of our thought of an ideal body on the “Greek God / Greek Goddess” body. And what was that body based on? A WELL FUNCTIONING, STRONG, STABLE, ATHLETIC HUMAN BEING. They didn’t build those body’s going into a health club and sitting down on an exercise bike for 20 minutes and only training cardio!! In those days their bodies had to work and survive daily which required all of the above skills. And as a result they often had one heck of a nice body!
Think about what most exercising American’s do for their fitness program… Walking or Jogging. How many of the 10 human movement skills are being trained there?? I can see only two, maybe three, that are getting enough of a stimulus to really change and improve. Will that create an “ideal” good looking, well performing body??
Their going to need more speed work, power and strength work and agility work to mention a few for a good body…
The second quality that needs to be considered for a good exercise program is that it needs to train ALL Three Sensory Systems in the body that control for movement:
1. Visual 2. Vestibular (your inner ear)
3. Proprioceptive (the sensors in your joints)
The integration of these three senses is a crucial determinant of whether you’re “fit” or not. It’s how the brain knows if it’s moving, sitting, walking, falling, which direction, how fast, etc. And as you can imagine, knowing that at all times is a very high priority for your brain. How a person’s brain integrates these three systems is what makes that person a good (or not so good) athlete. And, whether movement is painful, or not.
If your exercise program is not stimulating your visual and vestibular systems then you’re leaving 2/3 of your fitness potential UNTRAINED…
Think: playing Frisbee in the park versus going for a jog on the street. In Frisbee, your eyes are moving in many different directions quickly (training the muscles of your eyes), and your head is turning, twisting, tilting and gliding on your neck (which trains your inner ear for good balance and perception). In jogging, your eyes rarely move off the fixed target 10 feet in front of your face and your head is trying to NOT MOVE AT ALL.
Which one do you think gets a person in better shape?… Yup, Frisbee! Or any other sport that integrates all of your systems, muscles, joints and bones.
So, obviously, the take home message here is if your exercise is not varied and challenging multiple skills and multiple sensory systems, it’s not optimal for creating fitness. And, as a result, you just might find as you get older and older you start losing the god-given, natural athleticism your body used to have, (or maybe you never had it to begin with because one of the above skills or systems never developed properly in the first place, which I can help you with too…
If you’ve hit a plateau, or are just not getting the results you expect from your fitness program then you should consider the points above and request your FREE fitness consultation here at Athlon! (an $85 value)
During this consult, you’ll receive detailed information on how to get fit and trim that’s tailored to YOUR needs, your systems and your body.
There’s no obligation and it’s totally and completely free. To sign up, click here
All the best,