The Danger of Guessing
If you want safe, consistent progress, we need to stop the guesswork.
I had a terrifying conversation with a local "movement professional" the other week. I attended a demo class & was talking to one of the other students. Over the course of the conversation he revealed that he was recovering from a spinal injury.
When I brought this up with the guy leading the class, his only response was
"With things like that we just feel it out over time."
A spinal injury is not something to "feel out over time". And this student was told to perform vaults & rolls numerous times over the course of the class. No screening. No assessment. Total guesswork on all fronts. No wonder his back pain increased as class went on.
This is a recipe for disaster.
If you don't have a plan of action in place, you're going to spin your wheels & set yourself up for injury. And if you are a professional taking this approach, you have some serious reflection to do.
What's the alternative?
The alternative to shoddy guesswork is to come up with a plan of action. A roadmap to get you from Point A to Point B. But you must know what Point A & Point B are in the first place.
Point A begins with a thorough assessment of where you are right now. There are a whole slew of ways to gauge this, but with my students I go through a full movement, postural, and joint health assessment. I aim to learn as much about their hardware & software as I can.
This is by no means the only way to do it. The point is: there must be a baseline measurement. If you aren't testing, you're guessing. And that's not where progress comes from.
Point B is totally unique to you. Where do you want to end up? What does success mean to you? Some of my students want to improve their athletic performance (running & cycling times are big ones), others just want to move without pain (that always makes life better). Before you start a new training program it helps to have a benchmark for success.
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
So if you really don't have any goals, go ahead & guess. Most people could use more nutritious movement throughout the day anyhow. Things like hiking & sitting on the floor are good fall-back options. But the random "numbers for the sake of numbers" approach is NOT the way to increase human fitness. 100s of burpees, a handful of vaults here & there, aiming for exhaustion...these are not examples of a well-executed plan. That's guesswork, plain & simple.
You Owe It To Yourself
You owe it to yourself to put a plan in place. Spend some time thinking through where you want to end up, honing in on your Point B. Then find a qualified professional to help you assess Point A. With those constraints established, the road from Point A to Point B becomes infinitely more clear.
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