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FundAMenTAl
Bench pressing and biceps curling are universally
Building Blocks
accepted as a sign of strength, as is running or jog-
ging to cardiovascular health and weight loss. These
are untrue, unscientifically supported generaliza-
To FiTness
tions that permeate the physical-fitness, health and
even medical communities; largely propagated for
monetary influence and gain—not health.
For example, Joe may be able to bench press 250
pounds and biceps curl 40 pound dumbbells, but he
cannot push, pull or lift the weight of his own body.
Additionally, there are many advocates of aerobic
exercise for the purpose of “fat loss” who have little
to no knowledge of human biological functions like
the endocrine system and its response to aerobic
and anaerobic stress.
The acceptance of such beliefs are, in large, the
result of intense and repetitious conditioning by the
industries involved (fitness apparel, cardiovascular
equipment, nutritional supplements, etc) that have
strong monetary driven interests in their survival.
“Physical fitness and strength” is subjective to
individual interpretation; however, the overall
fundamentals of achieving a functionally and me-
chanically healthy, strong body capable of handling,
sustaining and progressing through any physical
fitness program are not.
Much like the construction of a building that re-
quires a universal approach, so does the construction
of a your body. You must start off with a foundation
and ascend in the appropriate order or the building
(body) will be faulty, dysfunctional, lack efficiency
and efficacy, start to break down and weaken (acute
and chronic pain) and eventually fail (injury).
The four essential components to the correct
architecture of all physical fitness programs are
flexibility, stability, strength and power in that exact
order.
Flexibility
This is the foundation. You cannot achieve stabil-
ity, strength or power without it. A good example
of this harmonious system would be a gymnast.
A gymnast must have all four components to be
successful at gymnastics. Without the flexibility to
move freely and dynamically; stability, strength and
power would be drastically inhibited and without
meaning.
Flexibility is anatomically essential for correct
mechanics and functionality of joint movements
and dynamics. Without it you will not be able to
move appropriately or correctly through exer-
cise. Performing exercise with poor or improper
mechanics will create compensatory movement
patterns that lead to faulty learning patterns and
eventually injury.
46 RAGE monthly | MARCH 2010
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