Over the week in Australia for the StrongFirst weekend, i had time to reflect, to learn, to ponder over what was said, what had happened thus far, both alone and with my teachers.
As i was reading through my book "Movement" by Gray Cook on the plane, it struck me. "Elites are the masters of foundational movement". Just like strength, movement must be practiced over and over and over again. Look at greats like Ido Portals and his followers, Strongfirst candidates, Gymnast, Yoginis etc, there are only so many moves that a curriculum have, but they are repeated over and over and over till Strong, flexible, done with grace.
-Master SFG Dave Whitley performing the bent press
Platforms like Kfit and Passport etc are great "fitness" platforms for people starting out on their journey but quite honestly, if you just want variety, be prepared to be a jack of all trades and master of none. I have trained personal trainers, boot camp instructors, crossfitters and one major thing that struck me was, the whole concept of "fitness" is just pure warped. I have had instructors who have been teaching for over 4 years and cannot knock out 10 standard push ups and a pull up. Come on, whos to kid that one are "fit" just because one is "exercising" 12 hours a week and doing "10 different" things in a week?
I am one who never was and never will be bias to an ideology. I have spoken to Yoga and Pilates instructors who tell me Yoga / Pilates is all you ever need for your fitness and performance. Sorry, cut your Bull shi*. Stop listening to sales talk and strongly opinionated self absorbed freaks and start logically thinking what others are saying. Just like how i never ever tell clients we are the be all end all place that they will ever need. When a client is looking for plastic changes in their bodies aside from our training, i always refer them to a yoga studio, when a client needs to run to improve their timings aside from the strength built here, i refer to running groups out there. Kettlebells, barbells have their place in every persons staple but they really are just a modaility. Just like HIIT, Yoga, Pilates, strength training alone are not the be all end all of a persons/athletes routine.
What will get you fitter is to stick to the foundational movement patterns, practive often, get stronger at them and choose an activity that adds a variety to your routine or make you better in a way.
The best example would be:
5) Some "Core" Specific/ joint stability work
1) Stuff that one loves/want to explore (e.g Handstands, crow pose, rock climbing, swimming, running, foundational gymnastics)