Fitness as a Skill
I have been thinking a lot about the best way to teach people lifelong fitness pursuits. Strength and conditioning is more than just getting someone sweaty, tired and sore. If you’re a member of Gain, you know that we think training is way more than just that.
Should you get sweaty and tired? Of course, that’s mandatory. But, if that’s all you care about, there’s a lot more to it than you think. Do you need goals to hit? Absolutely, but don’t forget about the process to get there and what you learn along the way.
Your focus on fitness should be process oriented, not just results oriented. We need to focus on skills, not only outcomes. What can you do now that you couldn’t do before? What is easy now that was impossible before?
Strength and conditioning practice is just as much about learning new things as it is getting results. This skill-based approach will yield better results. You can focus on how much you have learned, how many new skills you own (movements and exercises) and how different you feel.
Adding skills and techniques on top of what you’ve learned before makes exercise more rewarding. It’s also a more sustainable approach that can enhance your life in other ways. Learning how to do new things is just as important for your body (and mind) as getting tired and sweaty. This lifestyle component, the part where what you do in the gym positively effects everything else – is the bread and butter of our program at Gain. Learning new exercises to challenge yourself or learning how to crawl backwards, no matter how awkward it is, helps you learn something new and will lead to more fluid movement in everything else.
Outcomes are important. And there is a time and a place to be focused on them. There is much more to strength and conditioning though, and that is the process. Putting in the time, developing skills and staying focused on your process and progression. This is just as important as the goal.