There is a problem with the current trends in the fitness industry…..
The current trend in the fitness, strength and conditioning industry is to add more load, volume and intensity to everything.
If a little bit is good, more must be better.
If you don’t finish every session in a pool of sweat, gasping for breath and barely alive – you haven’t worked hard enough. This works for beginners and people in their 20s. Maybe.
its pretty much certain however that you won’t be at it for long. A major injury may just be around the corner but even more irritating are the small niggling injuries that just get more and more painful as you try to keep up the same intensity and volume of training. The eventual stop/start approach to training gets so frustrating that you stop training altogether. Rather than talk about how good you feel, you will be left with talking about how amazing you used to be!
Ironically you might end up blaming everyone else for not getting you past your injury when it is solely on your head that you refused to change your training approach. I know this because I have seen it time and time again over 15 years in Osteopathy. And I have even done this myself.
Another current trend is to just get everyone stronger.
Far too many trainers believe that if we just get stronger, everything else improves. Most trainers still use the bodybuilding approach of breaking the body into parts and strengthening them as if they aren’t connected. Think “biceps and pecs” on Mondays, “back and shoulders” on Wednesdays and “legs” on Fridays. The muscles do indeed get bigger but this is no guarantee that the body gets stronger as a total working unit. Everyone knows about the guy with bulging muscles who is useless in the “real world”.
Should we pursue out-right strength at the expense of everything else? Should we “just add more load”?
There is no doubt that strength is an important factor in sport, can make us more injury resistant, makes us more generally useful in life and can just make us feel a whole lot better overall. However very best athletes in most sports aren’t usually the strongest. Strength is indeed an important part of training but the best athletes actually have the best combination of many attributes – speed, agility, flexibility, cardio and of course, movement capacity. Its likely true that this combination of attributes simply underpins their high level of skill at their particular sport.
It is even possible to focus so much on strength that the constant quest for more load results in athletic performance that actually goes down. Clearly you don’t want this!
Adding more load to poor movement patterns also means that a peak is reached far earlier than may have been possible AND moves you closer to injury.
Don’t even get me started on those people who want a “sports specific” strength program when they haven’t even passed the benchmark on the fundamentals yet!
There is a better way.
You must have a adequate mobility and stability BEFORE adding strength and fitness to improve your athletic performance.
The very best coaches add strength to fundamental movement patterns.
In other words along the lines of force that the body uses in all sports and in the “real world”. Rather than having “shoulder” day, they focus on movements that push weight away from the body. The “shoulder” muscles are strengthened in this pattern, along with every other muscle that is involved in this action. The “core” is automatically engaged and strengthened when using this approach. The aim is to get a strong system, rather than just an individual muscle. Chains of muscles are strengthened together and as we all know, any chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Using this approach, there is no weak link.
Rod has studied under, trained with and worked for the very best in the industry that use this approach. Including Dan John, Lee Burton, Martin Rooney and Australia’s own, Andrew Read. Rod also underpins this approach to strength training with Functional Movement Systems – which identifies where your movement patterns are sub-optimal and uses rehabilitation exercises to bring you back to standard.
This is the fast track to achieving your peak performance levels.
Rod is a former MMA competitor, current MMA coach, Cert IV Personal Trainer, Cert III sports coach and Russian Kettle Bell instructor. Rod has a vast amount of experience working with both Pro and Amateur sports men and women across a wide variety of sports
If you are interested in improving your peak performance, contact Rod.
Not interested in peak performance but still suffering from an injury?
Both Rod and Saskia are FMS and SFMA certified under Functional Movement Systems and are experts in providing rehabilitation for injuries whether sports or otherwise. This approach uses a unique neuro-developmental process that ensures that the injury is gone for good, after the rehab process is completed.
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