Vocabulary

If we want to communicate, we must speak the same language.

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Fitness- Relevant to performance of a specific task.

Fit for what?

 

Functional- Transferable. Applicable.

 

Mobility- The ability of a joint to move through a range of motion. Mobility in a given joint is a prerequisite to developing strength and skill with that joint.

 

Stability- The ability to create tension in a position or through a range of motion. This is Mind-muscle connection.

 

Strength- The ability to generate enough force to perform a movement pattern or accomplish a task. This is an expression of mobility (hardware) and stability (software) working together.

 

Power- The ability to generate enough force with enough speed to accomplish a certain task.

 

Endurance- Locally, refers ability to maintain a muscular contraction or level of intensity. Globally, Endurance refers to activity lasting longer than 90 minutes, when nutrition, hydration, and thermoregulation become critical for continued performance. Philosophically; the ability to continue.

 

Skill- The intersection of knowing what do do, how to do it, and executing it well. Almost all movements should be thought of as skills, constantly requiring practice and refinement regardless of complexity. Well performed skills appear effortless rather than strained. Think confidence, competence, and control. How can a floor routine with pressure and emotion hanging heavy be done with utter calm? Practice. 

 

Coach- Someone whose chief priority is to tell you the truth. 

 

Habit- What you do without thinking about it. Habits are not conscious choices. They are the floor of our ability that we fall back to and rely on when we are tired, stressed, or afraid. 

 

Attention-  Focus, spotlight consciousness. Outgoing, demands energy and is therefore limited. Skill and habit acquisition starts here.

 

Awareness- Peripheral, floodlight consciousness. Incoming. Limitless. Costs us nothing in the moment, but having things in our awareness represents hours/weeks/months/years of attention paid to that thing. The more we can deal with in our awareness, the more we can devote our limited to attention to that which matters.


Effort- Placing your attention in the right place, based on the demands and intention of the workout. Pressing the gas pedal all the way to floor is rarely the answer, but trying is a skill that we must ceaselessly refine.

 

Ego- Our conscious mind. Specifically, the voice in our head that whispers a task is too difficult and not worth trying. Or, worse- that something is easy, and not worth trying. 

Training vs. Exercise

Exercise refers to movement and activity undertaken for it’s immediate and intrinsic benefits. Stress relief, calorie burning, serotonin, play, a lesson learned etc.

 

Training refers to exercise undertaken specifically to cause long-term adaptation, usually informed by the demands of a task or goal. Put simply, training is exercise backed by purpose. This purpose informs every detail about the athlete’s frequency, volume, and intensity of exercise.

 

Not either/or...both/and.

The goal is not to attempt to always train and never exercise, but rather to always know which we find ourselves doing and embrace that connection to purpose. When defining training we must widen our scope beyond the merely physical. This is not to say that there is anything separate, but that the physical is welded to effort and intent. The vehicle and the driver are only meaningful together, as a system. Training should be understood to encapsulate physical effort to create change in behavior and ability as a whole. Conditioning is- crucially- a term originating in the field of psychology.

Those who train will look to spend as little energy as possible for adaptation. Long term growth is about economy of resources. Athletes need to be thrifty with their sweat equity. Exercisers, those without a sport or set circumstances against which to test their preparation, usually need to be taught the opposite; to spend more of our effort, attention, and time. Once we establish that we're ready to invest, we can begin to diversify those investments and spend our energy where it will best work for us. 

 

 

There is a grammar to a training session. A sentence structure; general warm-up, specific warm-up, workout, cool-down. Without each piece, the meaning isn't expressed. Always, the first and most important step is to shed the outside world and  be here.

There is a grammar to a training session. A sentence structure; general warm-up, specific warm-up, workout, cool-down. Without each piece, the meaning isn't expressed. Always, the first and most important step is to shed the outside world and be here.