Our last post as all about why we are training as non professional / high level athletes and why I think that training for more personal freedom is a useful approach.
This time around I want to share my opinion on how that actually affects our training.
I think the mindset of training for more freedom leads to more conscious choices in terms of goal setting.
When we are aware of our body we can look for limitations that bother us in our daily life. For example an unpleasant stiffness in the back, being out of breath when reaching our apartment on the 5th floor etc. That automatically leads us to a training goal which are for these examples removing the stiff feeling from the back or not being out of breath at our apartment door. This way we aim to make our lives easier by tackling “weaknesses” through smart training choices (hence our slogan: Train smart live easy). This way we can also avoid becoming over-specialized. If a person for example spent his/her whole life with long distance running as the only sports-activity but can’t open a jar and getting on a bike feels like stretching the legs, that person would with our mindset, cut time from running and invest some time in strength and mobility training (amongst other things but let’s keep it brief here) because for sure he/she will regularly feel limited in those areas.
Another way to find goals is to think about would really enjoy doing. But you might not have the ability to do it just yet. Inspiration often comes from other people and goals can vary from single movements (Handstand, proper weightlifting technique, back-flip, pull-up variation etc.) to whole disciplines such as certain sports, dances, self-defense etc.
The next step is then to plan how to get there. The further away such a goal is from the current ability the bigger and more complex such a plan becomes. An advise is not to go for things that are way out of reach at the current moment (like starting to practice for a double back-flip while not being able to perform a backwards roll).
Take small steps that lead to big achievements later on. This way you will not only enjoy the progress much more but you can also regularly change directions and still feel the success of reaching your goals. You don’t need to lock yourself in a 3 year plan to learn a highly complicated thing (Unless it’s something that is really important to you).
One thing that makes it even better is to know how working on such a goal adds to the bigger picture.
Juggling for example seems like a pretty useless activity and to be honest it probably is unless you are good enough to make money with it. However learning to juggle vastly improves eye-hand coordination, dexterity and accuracy. In addition, both hands are equally involved so the disparity between dominant and non-dominant hand can be reduced. And those factors are not useless at all.
On the other hand there are many other ways to improve these motoric features and while juggling might be the best way for one person it can be the worst for another. That is why we suggest to choose a movement you enjoy doing and learning (In a future post we will explain why that is so important. Now available).
The mindset of “Training for freedom” leads to 2 ways of setting personal training goals:
- The way of removing limitations: Looking for bothersome limitations in life and working to eliminate those.
- The way of expanding possibilities: Adding more skills to one’s repertoire.
In fact, both ways will lead to more possibilities and therefore .. you guessed it more freedom in our daily life.
How we aim to implement parts of these concepts in our group training sessions will be topic in one of our coming posts.
Thanks for reading,
As respect to the creators of the used copyright-free pictures, the links:
Balance on arm by Vivobarefoot
Dance by Ed Schipul
Juggling by Tom Pierce