Many times when we're in the throws of a nasty air bike sprint or finishing off the final rep of a heavy session the question crosses our mind. Why the hell am I doing this? Do I really need to be able to lift heavy things, run confidently with an elevated heart rate, pull,push or carry things short and long distances? That depends. Do you want to carry you kids, grand kids, nieces or nephews around the park playing airplane without losing your breath? Or possibly at all? Spontaneously accept the invite for a weekend hike with epic views ( I'm talking about you Dog Mountain) and not think twice about it? Is it important to your everyday life that stairs continue to be a seen as access points and not hazards? Will you ever again drop something heavier than a cellphone and want the confidence that not only can you bend down to reach it, but know that you can do without "pulling or tweaking" something? The list goes on and on. Functional movement is so much more than exercising. It's training that prepares us for everyday activities. It gets our body re-introduced to full range of motion which puts our limbs and torso in the most stable and powerful position to move. And move SAFELY. It develops not only the physical, but mental strength to move and move confidently under load and w/ an elevated heart rate. Notice I said re-introduced. The best reminder of how we should move is the aforementioned kids. Watch them. They treat obstacles as challenges. Not limitations. They squat well below parallel and seem more comfortable there than in chairs ( more on this in a future post).
The smiling little chica in the picture asked daddy if she could have a ride. This was after I finished a long session that included heavy back squats, sled pushing and running. My first and only hesitation to oblige was whether or not her helmet would still fit. This is why I train. To never have my fitness be a limiting factor.... See you soon.. DRP