Why train for life?
Training is often related to sport or competition. You train to get the best result on game day right? Due to this common misconception many believe believe training is beyond their needs when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. You don’t need to peak and there is no off season in life. The goal is to feel better, move well to do what you want and be independant. Below I will outline what I believe makes training a suitable option for health and wellness through life.
What training looks like?
First of all, training is a well thought out program. It involves tests to measure progress and alterations are made to the program based on these. Training is consistency. Consistent participation, effort and logging of results.
Training is learning. Starting with basics of movement principles, learning these in cognitive, associative and autonomous stages. Training also involves learning about you as an individual. How your limb lengths affect the way you squat, how your body responds to aerobic exercise or stabilising weight, how you perform with different foods and how much volume is good for you are just some learnings you take away from training.
Learning about your body and how to better its functioning can be transferred to life. At Ariston we utilise functional movement patterns that transfer to movements like picking your bag up and putting it in overhead storage (clean and jerk) as an example. Learning movements like these make day to day tasks seem much easier. You also learn what you are capable of, what you can lift right now, how far you can run and how close you are to a pull up are measurable through training.
Learning through training equips you with knowledge to approach situations outside the gym with confidence. A common phrase we hear from new members is “My knees hurt when I squat” which is followed by us asking them to squat. Typically a person with knee pain will not squat properly and has never been shown how to squat. In our very first Academy session members are shown how to air squat. Those who have sore knees when they squat often say that there is no pain now or that feels much better after being shown. This is learning, this is training.
Putting the puzzle together
Overall training is essentially constant measuring, reflection and testing. Staying patient and trusting the process. Training for life targets underlying principles relevant to good health and an independent life.