Saturday, January 30, 2010
This guy explains things you just don't hear anywhere else.
If you watch this on-line lecture, I bet you'll have an even better understanding of what it means to have optimal movement skills for greater performance and better health. I sure did!
Eye-opening visuals. This is a valuable one hour webinar by Gary Cook, renowned strength coach and physical therapist. Once you get to his web page, click on 'View Webinar' or download it to watch another time.
This webinar gives a foundation for the skills and methods I teach with Kettlebells. Someone may be able to get by with poor body mechanics or bad technique for a time -- but in the end it will surely catch up to you. I'm talking about the way we walk and sit and bend.
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From 1942 . . . Sound Familiar?
Sadly, our populace has lost many movement capabilities that were widespread just 50 years ago. But you can restore your movement and restore your health.
Below is an article from 1942 that's been floating around the web. I'm not sure of it's source, however, you may find it's message just as true today-- if not more so. I'm not a doomsday kind of thinker -- but I do like a little 'wake-up' call every now and then. The remainder of this post quotes the article from 1942:
We Must Work to Be Fit
--- G.T Stafford, 1942
For years too many of us Americans have neglected to engage in regular systematic exercise. Our life in a peaceful democracy has been pleasant and our main objective has been to enjoy life. Hedonism must be replaced by a work-duty philosophy.
Few people, except the young men training for varsity teams and the professional athletes preparing for a sport , have made a determined effort to reach and maintain a top physical condition. Many are satisfied to be “tolerably well…”
One of our greatest obstacles to physical fitness has been our desire to secure health with a minimum of effort. We are too prone to seek “short cuts” to health. We read advertisements of “one-shot heath vitamins” and think that we have found the panacea for our self diagnosed ills. We go on freak diets and too frequently do not consult a physician until all else has failed..
The young men of our country are soft!
We have been training our youth for the joys of living in a peaceful democracy. We do not have today the same type of rugged individuals who opened our prairies and conquered our wildernesses.
The men and women who pushed their way westward to the Pacific were strong , virile individuals. Up to a period shortly after the turn of the century, we had people with strong back muscles, stamina and courage.
We are now reaping the benefits of our forefathers’ enterprises in the form of steam heat, electricity, automobiles, air conditioned houses, inner-spring mattresses and other comforts of civilized living…We lead the world in conveniences and labor-saving devices. While this has been very pleasant, these products of the machine age have caused a biological softening of our people…
The majority of the people of the United States, except for a small group of trained athletes, lack the essential qualities of robustness, strength, physical and emotional stamina, endurance , and the general ability to use their bodies skillfully in sustained effort for a long period of time…”
- G.T Stafford, 1942
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