Programming Principle #1 – Movement, Naturally

On this program, we will focus on locomotive training such as: balancing, crawling, jumping, climbing, and running, as well as some manipulative moves like lifting and carrying.  The reasons for this are many:

  1. Any Where, Any Time – Body weight exercises provide us the flexibility to do workouts wherever and whenever, regardless of access to a gym or weight training room.
  2. Natural & Practical – These exercises are a part of our everyday lives.  They are real-world movements that provide us with the strength and know-how to have fun and be safe.  They engage our bodies and our brains, teaching us how to “move”, not just how to be strong.  (Can you think of many real world applications for a leg extension?  Now think about a squat.  How many times do you sit down and get up throughout the day?)
  3. Avoid Injury – Smart, well-coached barbell training rocks – and contrary to popular belief, is very safe.  (Organized weightlifting has fewer incidences of injury than ANY other sport.)  Unfortunately, good hands-on coaching, programming, and equipment is not readily available – and can be expensive.  The chances of you hurting yourself while under a weighted bar without supervision are not only much worse than un-weighted movements, but the severity of possible injury increases with the weight.  We want to re-teach your body how to move, to be aware of how it interacts with your environment and to develop functional strength.  You do not need more than your own body weight to do this.
  4. Balance – These exercises balance one another, providing great overall strength while making sure each part of the working whole is well-tended to.
  5. Scalability – These exercises are not only scalable to any ability level, but can easily be ramped up to challenge even the most serious athlete.
  6. Simple to Technical – These movements are beautiful in their simplicity, and demanding in their technicality.  You can continue to improve your form on these movements over years of training.  What’s more, once you have some of the basic movements down, you can combine these into even more challenging ones.  (For example, once you have a pull-up and a ring-dip down, you can start working towards a muscle-up – as challenging and technical a movement as we have in fitness training, or just go out and climb.)
  7. Minimalist – It doesn’t cost you any money to workout with your own bodyweight.  And for those of you who want to ramp it up a notch, a couple of small, easily available and cheaply made pieces of equipment are all you need to keep your workouts challenging, varied, and fun for years to come!  Or you can mosey on down to your local park.
  8. Fun & Variety – Once you get a couple of the basics down, you’ll be amazed by how much fun you can have working out and developing new skills – the entire world becomes your playground.  Handstands, muscle-ups, kongs, or parkour tumbling – there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.

Try to MOVE 3 days a week. This provides us with enough intensity that we can continue to make gains, while allowing for adequate recovery to avoid burnout.  The goal is to maximize your health potential, not beat you into the dirt day-in and day-out.  You can start by following along with our cycles of programming, which just started up this past week (January 2013).

Also, because you only need to “work out” 3 days a week, it provides you with a lot of scheduling flexibility to fit your needs.  I try to take a couple of days out of my week as “free” days to go and play with friends or just stay active.  This is the seasoning on your programming that will reinforce why we are doing this in the first place.

Let’s get to it!

-Matt