“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me” – Jim Valvano
What follows here are the opening paragraphs of a book covering the Five Ts that’s nearing completion. It’s a slow process. Not that the writing is difficult for me, or that the ideas aren’t there. Those are the least of my hurdles. Available time, on the other hand, is a major issue.
I’ve been pecking away at this little book for a while and, with any luck, I hope to have it completed and (likely, self) published soon.
The science of strength and conditioning is broad and, thanks to an explosion of credible research since the mid 1990s (much earlier, if we look to the former Eastern Bloc countries), becoming ever more deep. The interpretation of this science and its manipulation into actionable, real-world application is the impetus of what I do at Efficient Exercise and, to a large extent, define my contributions to ARXFit and Paleo f(x).
This book, however, is not about the latest research. This book is less about science, and more about the ephemeral, the more philosophical, side of physical fitness.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned (and that I am continually fascinated by) in a life spent in the pursuit of physical fitness, it’s that there is a wide and oftentimes unnavigable chasm between knowledge and action. The issue is, quite simply, this: we generally know what to do, but we just don’t ever get around to actually doing it.
To be sure there are many reasons as to why this is. And twice as many proposed solutions. But in my estimation no meaningful action can ever manifest on a foundation of shifting philosophical sands; no lasting blueprint can be drawn with mutable ink.
This book will not argue the virtues of one fitness protocol or “school” or technique over another. Really, it is up to the individual to find the best methodology for his specific fitness goal and how to implement that methodology (and consistently so) within an otherwise fruitful life.
This also happens to be where I have excelled. Putting Theory to Practice, consistently, is what I do. Consistency, though, requires adaptability. I realized, early on, the truth in the notion, popularly (though, as it tuns out, erroneously) attributed to Darwin, that it’s not necessarily the strongest of the species that survive, but the most adaptable.
And it’s been my experience that it is precisely in the consistent integration of knowledge and implementation where people fail; and miserably so. Knowledge is not power; action is power.
Let’s not fool ourselves: physical fitness is serious business; it’s not to be relegated to the “nice to have, but not essential” bin. Pride may goeth before the fall, but one’s degree of physical fitness is the true “canary in the coal mine” of life. Click To Tweet
Or, as Mark Rippitoe has quipped, “strong people are harder to kill”. I couldn’t agree more.
Onward and upward.
Late addition: 5/4/16
This video from ID Life CEO Logan Stout pretty much sums up what this post is all about:
In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –