Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Sweet Science...

A boxing analogy to the dedication to the basics:
There are only 4 punches (Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut) but endless combinations of these punches and a lifetime of refinement in the technique of these punches. Add in footwork and the crafting of specific offense and defense to match to an opponent and you have the "Sweet Science".

Applied to the fitness world:
There are only a few basic movements (Vertical push/pull, Horizontal push/pull, Lower body push/pull) but a lifetime to learn and refine the technique, address weaknesses, and of course endless combinations of these basic movements. Add in different loads, leverages, speeds etc...and you have "training".

As the saying the RKC goes - "the elite are just better at the basics"

So - why are you looking for "advanced" exercises and training programs?

If you want to explore basic to advanced - explore your movement skill but remember that even the advanced is based off of the basic.


Anonymous said...

Love this post!

Great stuff Brett!

Joe Sarti said...

I second Mr Jay's comment and appreciate yours own my blog about this! Great work as always

Aaron Friday said...

Advanced means mastering the basics. Good post.

There is the overhand punch, however, which is not like the others. Must be the TGU or boxing or something.

Franz Snideman said...

Totally agree! How fast we run to the fancy complicated exercised when we haven't even gained any mastery at all with the basics!

Brett Jones said...

Franz - even when we have "mastery" of the basics we need to go back and re-master them.
Thanks guys.

Phil Scarito said...

I've been dong nothing but get ups and swings lately and some stacked presses. Great Post.

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