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May 8, 2014

Training to be the best at…exercise?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jbeaumont@idahokettlebells.com @ 4:58 am

Athletes practice and play sports and use various strength and conditioning methods to make them play better and harder. They don’t compete in exercise.

Your chosen fitness system should heal you and make you stronger, NOT create injuries. The only reason for exercise is to make you stronger and more resilient for sport, a dangerous occupation, or daily life tasks.

If chiropractors, physical therapists, and other wellness providers set up shop around your gym or fitness system in order to provide care for the so-to-be-injured client base, you might want to take that as a hint it might not be a good idea long-term.

In almost 30 years of martial art, I have have dislocated things, torn ligaments, broken bones, and done things that I was too scared to even get looked at and just toughed out (and paid the price later).

In every one of these cases, I used different fitness methods to heal myself. In fact, the only reason I ever stepped into a gym in the mid 1990s was because I was required to do rehab and couldn’t train hard in martial art at the time. Gym exercise became a way to not lose strength and conditioning when I couldn’t really train, never as the end goal.

While there are different methods that use exercise as a competition, please don’t confuse an exercise-sport like marathon running, powerlifting, girevoy sport, or CrossFit with a strength and conditioning method.

Play or compete in these sports if you enjoy them and want to, but recognize them as sports.

-Jim

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