The appearance-reality disconnect. We all know it in many forms in our relationships…at work, family, friends, even in our exercise lives. Someone appears harmless, but leaves in his/her wake vicious destruction!
The only thing to do: Run away…Run away!
Sure, running away may seem like “losing”…but really, it’s necessary in life (refer to the gardener metaphor).
“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season.” (Cloud, H. 2011)
A significant variable in the ability to “move on” is confidence. That’s why we should learn as much as we can.
….For example, in our exercise lives, the 2 books below are almost required reading.
Knowing that we know creates confidence…and we can comfortably program our own workouts.
…Or if someone else programs for us, we’ll know if they know which then makes the question “Is that a dangerous bunny?” pretty damn straightforward.
This text by Gray Cook is a classic in the conditioning realm.
…it was like the 2003 version of Becoming A Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett (2013)…
put together for a powerful pam-pow 1-2 punch of body awareness.
You can also see a “revisit” by Cook 10 years later re: what he would have added.
Cook, “Whenever possible, we must separate movement dysfunction from fitness and performance. Aggressive physical training cannot change fundamental mobility and stability problems at an effective rate without also introducing a degree of compensation and increased risk of injury.” (Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies, 2011)
or simply put as Cook’s Movement Principle #1, “First move well, then move often.”
So, ok, the basic idea of Athletic Body in Balance is, obviously, having a strong foundation in functional movement.
You can get some idea of it here in an interview with Starrett. Then check out the Functional Movement Screening. Then just get another taste in a mobility/flexibility video.
Check out all the other material…use it as a go-to resources, very enlightening, informative.
And, importantly, do a rigorous self-assessment (if you are skilled enough) or see a professional for a movement analysis to be sure you can benefit from any conditioning program.
Make things appear as they really are.