“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Let’s cut to the chase on this: all of *anything* — all of one way — all the time, is a disaster in the making. Training should be a dance along the modality / intensity continuum in which very little time is spent on the outer extremes. “Weaving modalities, waving intensities”, as it were. To progress, you have to clear your mind, once and for all, of binary (this / *not this*) thinking. This and this is more appropriate.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have *emphasis* in your training. Everyone needs a north star and intermittent goals. And everyone needs Five T direction to reach those intermittent goals, and to keep the ship on that north star trajectory. But it does mean that you have to dial in to the ebb-and-flow of things. Tides and seasons change. So, too, should your training modality. As well as intensity.
Look, I’m as big a HIIT / HIIRT fan as they come. But that’s hardly the only modality (or intensity bracket) I utilize. I dance the continuum. And deftly so, if I do say so myself.
So what does this “dance along the modality / intensity continuum” look like in a practical sense? What can the busy professional / entrepreneur glean from all this woo talk?
Well, to start, knowing the difference between a routine and a rut is a must. And the difference between that “dance along the modality / intensity continuum” and training ADD. Navigating between the rut and ADD ditches is something that’s easier said than done for most. A little common sense and wisdom come into play here.
Knowing the difference between a skill and a conditioning tool is paramount as well. And realizing that proper technique degrades rapidly as a result of fatigue. Programming accordingly so as to compensate for that duality is a must.
Particular skills require mindful practice. To dial-in a power clean, for instance, you have to power clean. Frequently, and correctly. But not to the point of “technique failure”. Skills before fatigue is a good way to think of it. This is why sprint technique is worked early in a practice session. Same with batting or golf swing technique work.
Pushing a wheelbarrow; dragging a sled. Heavy carries. All great conditioning tools. Very little skill is required, and what skill is required can be maintained even under severe fatigue and distress. Snatches as a conditioning tool? That would be as fucking stupid as hitting fast balls as a conditioning tool (with the addition of a seriously elevated injury potential). And yet, we see it done; venerated, even. It boggles the mind.
The greater the skill required of an activity or lift, the earlier it ought to be programmed in the session. Using the example above, if you’re going to snatch, snatch early in the session. Not following a conditioning bout. And quit snatching before fatigue compromises technique.
Which is another reason ARXFit is such a great technology. For the entrepreneur, as well as the athlete. As its use requires minimal technique, inroading and fatigue can be pushed to the extreme without the potential for injury. In this way, its programming uses are wide-ranging — from prehab / rehab to strength, hypertrophy… even conditioning. In fact, it’s one of the most versatile S&C tools I know of.
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