After 20 years in the Strength, Fitness & Performance Training field, there is still something that irks me beyond description.
You’ve seen it. We all have. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times.
It happens in big box, “McFitness” health clubs.
It happens in “boxes.”
It happens in boot camps and “transformation centers.”
It even happens in some really fine training facilities.
It’s an exchange. When it happens, it seems pretty awesome. Might even feel pretty good in the short run.
But in the long run, the shine comes off, the problems pop up and the value all but disappears.
When fitness enthusiasts, athletes, clients and even trainers are willing to let “more” substitute for better, BOOM!
Ugh…now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for someone showing up to a training session, boot camp class or whatever absolutely ready to get after it.
My athletes and clients do it every single day.
However, the HOW and the WHY always take precedence over the what and how much.
No amount of poorly-executed exercise will ever take the place of the proper amount of well-executed exercise.
It’s a simple truth that gets lost in the pursuit of more, more, more.
If you aren’t moving well, moving more will break you.
It’s not a question of “if” you’ll get injured, it’s a question of WHEN.
Our over-stimulated society tells you to “go get it,” to push yourself to the brink, even if that means driving a car with bad brakes 50 miles an hour faster than it should go, for 100 miles past it’s distance limit.
You’re not tough for training through pain. You’re not an “awesome motivator” because you get someone who trusts you to push through real pain just to “crush” another poorly-executed workout.
You’re foolish and irresponsible.
Better movement is like getting better grades – you want absolutely as many good grades as you can get!
But if you’re getting D’s and F’s, getting MORE of them won’t improve your grade!
You’ll still fail. Get it now?
I mean, maybe there isn’t a universal standard of excellence for movement. But there IS an optimal way for YOU or your clients and athletes to move.
And you should be pursuing it!
Move better. Then move more. Heck, then move all you like!
If you’re an athlete and you’re not sure about your movement, get help from someone who understands it.
If you’re a coach and you need to hone your movement assessment, correction and improvement knowledge and skills, get help!
So here’s the “take-away” from this:
When it comes to exercise and movement, get it right before you just get after it!