If your everyday life has nothing to do with being more “athletic”, I don’t blame you for questioning why it might be in your best interest to become stronger, run faster, jump higher and become a more efficient athlete.
Yes, I said athlete.
The term athlete is thrown around as a pretty broad term in the fitness industry lately, but let me quantify what I mean.
Even if you “just want to get in shape” or “look better naked”, it will still benefit you to embrace the journey that is continual progression towards moving better, performing better, feeling better and ultimately becoming a better athlete.
Most people will see high performance athletes on TV and put them on a pedestal, because you don’t believe in your wildest dreams you could compete with them.
Which might be completely valid if you are sat eating treats and or drinking a beer whilst they deliver in years worth of training!
But high performance athletes are no different to anyone else.
They have just mastered the basics of movement, which makes a lot of things look easy. High-level athletes are performing the similar movement tasks as the average person, just at a higher intensity, at a greater speed and for a longer duration. With perhaps a little more skill.
Movement patterns are exactly that, movement patterns. They are a skill, which over time can be learned and perfected.
Getting good at squatting, lunging, hinging, pushing, pulling and carrying has a carryover to any movement that you carry out, at any point in time. It’s all about efficiency!
We all learn how to walk, run, and jump early on.
Taking the time to become proficient in the basic movements is worth the time of investment and something I believe everyone should be perusing.
Don’t fall into the trap of self-limitation.
Everyone is an athlete.
It's just that some are further along the performance spectrum than others.
But whether you complete on the world stage or against yourself, chase performance.