The modern exercise and sporting world teems with problems, many associated with a sedentary culture and still others with poor information available in much of the mainstream. The latter issue is further complicated due to the commercial aspects of the business that has lead to endless stereotyping. Whereas the history of physical culture respected diversity of activities, the present day typecasts individual into firm marketing niches. In the end, the public suffers because they do not understand the full spectrum of a healthy, active lifestyle and prone to becoming less active, ultimately, in a circuitous fashion, leading to a sedentary culture that we have today.
For the dedicated, regardless of your goals, it is important to embrace the entire spectrum of "physical culture". This notation will be a surprise to some because while we have extraordinary information available, how many take their diet as serious as training and show concern with the quality of food the same way as their training protocols? Truthfully, few do yet to be truly successful in attaining your goals you must incorporate all measures as there is no “one thing” as the “one thing is the whole thing”.
Athletic development has many different vantages to start from but one clear-cut point is to abandon stereotyping that is extremely prevalent. While that is a very difficult challenge, it is an absolute fact that many athletes find their development dwarfed because planning ignored issues likely due to this issue. Two most glaring areas of concern is range of motion, where males often ignored with important component as well as fitness levels, each structurally key in an individuals development.
This problem is equally the exact opposite of how elite athletes deal with their training, even if they do not reveal the full extent to the public. Speaking to a good friend of mine, who must remain nameless but is a household name in the “extreme sport” community, he mentioned how his fan base would be shocked how his training measures include things typically considered less “hard core”, such as yoga, an adult gymnastic class and dance. While the public will never see that in the endless publicity machine, the broad brush of athletic efforts helps make him one of the worlds finest in his discipline.
Eventually this gets to the point that exercise, regardless of your goal, keeps coming back to understanding human movement and applying yourself correctly. This applies to whether you are an athlete training for sport, a bodybuilder for size and symmetry or likely the finest example of understanding human movement, a dancer.
In my opinion, dance is the ultimate of athletic tests, as it combines not only the artistic aspect of the performer but a stunning combination of myriad of attributes including power and grace. Dance’s long history in the sweet science of Boxing is well known and it is cornerstone of many sports but few seem to understand its direct relationship to the iron game. Pushing aside the artistic component, one viewing of dancer in their craft is turning point for any athlete, coach or trainer has they begin to understand what is possible and for that matter, hopefully break down the barriers of stereotyping athletic pursuits. While watching my friend Lisa Lewolt dance it is evident her extraordinary passion and dedication for the art but equally and this comes from a lifetime of dealing with elite level sport that few can imagine, she is a cut above with explosive power and strength that few can rival. There is a lot to be learnt from dance but it starts from recognizing a need for broader athletic develop.
How this relates to the modern iron game is a key for its future because with so remarkable training conditions available and cutting-edge nutrition, lifters need to break away from stereotypical training and incorporate approaches outside the typical efforts in marketing. Elements such as RED2 and DMC™ that promotes higher work threshold, improved movement generation as well as denser musculature and need to be incorporated as well as range of motion, that along with proper diet and supplementation will enhance recovery. Should the modern iron game do this, then lifters years from now will be talking of this era as the great revival.
Prepared by John Davies
Photo: John Davies performing RED2 side lunge in "Pink, les séances de Paris"
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