Well here we are in the dog days of summer. At least in Boulder, Colorado we are. Excessive heat has had more people in the gym than out on the trails and quite frankly that’s a good thing. Over the years you’ve heard me rant about everything from outdoor boot camps to mud races to weekend warriors just decimating themselves for nothing more than to feel cool or look cool. For that moment. Each of these exercise practices are not only dysfunctional, they’re flat out dangerous! The reason I said it’s good that the recent heat has kept people in the gym, is because they aren’t outside doing one of these things that are sure to destroy your body.
We’re at a crossroads in the fitness industry these days. There are those who are coming across the data and reading the research and are just paying attention to what’s going on around them. And then are those who aren’t. Or should I say there are those who are realizing that killing yourself with sport and exercise is dysfunctional for promoting longevity. And then there are those who are still ignoring the destructive trends in exercise and are continuing to flood into the world of Crossfit (Crushfit) or whatever Reebok has pimped as the workout of the month in the conventional health club scene. Either way, there are people who are making the right choices for their long term functional capacity, and there are people who still need to be “challenged” to feel they are accomplishing anything. Those that are seeing the evidence and are willingly considering another avenue for fitness are still not totally convinced that leaving the traditional model is the right choice, so they hang on a little bit even though they shouldn’t. I have plenty of clients who come to me and say things like, “I’m heading to the beach in a few weeks, can you rip me down before that?” Seriously? I’m not a miracle worker! Think about your summer beach goals all winter long and hammer away at them all spring and you’ll be fine come summer. Or the folks who come limping into our facility and say, “I know you told me not to, but I played pick up rugby with my buddies and separated my shoulder. Can you fix me?” I’m not a miracle worker! Better yet are the people who say, “you’ve explained to me why flip flops keep aggravating my hips and lower back, and I totally get it, but you have to understand that they’re so cute and they go perfect with my outfit. So just do what you did last time cause that totally worked.” Yeah. Whatever. I’m not a miracle worker!
The point is that just because I’ve had ten years of training under the leading corrective exercise practicioner in the country, Sam Iannetta, I’m not a miracle worker. I am extremely qualified, because I’ve trained under and alongside Sam, to address and help provide relief to just about any situation that walks, or limps, through the door of our facility. But even still, I’m not a miracle worker! Just because we can fix and correct nearly every dysfunction brought to us doesn’t mean YOU have the right to go out and punish yourself with bad decisions and bad exercise. Sam’s system of Functional Fitness teaches us how to identify and correct imbalances and discrepancies in the movement patterns of the human body. It doesn’t teach us how to fix stupid people making stupid decisions.
Last weekend I attended a movement summit in Denver, Colorado and was quite impressed with one presenter in particular. I began following him on Twitter and he posts all these great videos of how he fixes and addresses all sorts of sports injuries using all these cool lasers and stuff. Totally awesome. But what if people just didn’t play sports at an intensity level that they got injured? What if this particular doc wasn’t available in the northeast to fix all these broken people? Then would they reconsider? Today, this particular doc posted a video of how he uses lasers to treat Crossfit shoulder injuries. There are now specific injuries attributed to specific brands of exercise! This is getting WAY out of control. When I saw that video, the first thing I thought was, “this guy is never going to get his laser on any of my clients, because every one of them is too smart to do Crossfit.” My actual comment to his video was, “I hope Crossfit understands how lucky they are to have you available to fix all of their broken athletes.” That’s the current trend in fitness these days. Go to a gym where a psychotic trainer hammers away on you and take your beating like a true warrior. Then limp into a chiro office or a PT clinic, or a facility like Functional Fitness, and they’ll put you back together. No worries.
Does that seem ridiculous to you? It should. Exercise, when done intelligently and correctly, should promote longevity. Nothing else. You want to look good on the beach? Stop eating garbage. You want to increase performance in a particular sport? Rest more, recover better, hammer down minerals and h2o and get some corrective exercise. No where does it make sense to just destroy yourself with negligent exercise trends and then expect your trainer, or massage therapist, or chiropractor to fix you and get you back out there to do it again. We’re not miracle workers! Just because we can fix things that go wrong with your body, doesn’t mean you should continue hurting yourself! The only way to prevent this dysfunctional model is for people to stop looking for the quick fix and start taking more responsibility for their longevity. Check out www.functionalfitnessusa.com for more information on fitness philosophies that just make sense. Follow @Rich1ill for more on intelligent exercise. Sorry if I came across a bit edgy, I just want the best for everyone and once in a while I have to rattle the cage to get people to start thinking more.