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Fundamental Strength: Simple Doesn’t Mean Easy

Fundamental Strength: Simple Doesn’t Mean Easy

Because I train and run an online business I’m frequently witnessing people do things that get my attention when it comes to training. For starters much of the search algorithms that Facebook and YouTube use regularly cause fitness related posts to flow into my newsfeed. Many of these posts are great consisting of colleagues and friends that I have tons of respect for in the industry. However even though there are good ones I also find myself getting a lot of craziness in my newsfeed at the same time.

The Cute Factor…

Perception is defined as a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something. It’s a sort of mental impression. Perception is not always reality, but for many people it certainly can be. Everyone is different in how they go about perceiving the world, but in my experience many people can be easily swayed when it comes to perception.

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Granted some are better at digging and understanding what reality is than others. As a matter of fact I would even go so far as to say that a few are better at digging and understanding reality more than the rest of the majority. Nevertheless people can be easily influenced by what shows up on the world wide webs and as a result this can quickly cause them to try and apply some unreasonable tactics when it comes to their training.

The point is that your training doesn’t have to resemble some kind of circus act. For whatever reason I think many people have the tendency to view some video on the YouTubes with a professional athlete pulling off some amazing feat of strength, or some really incredible athletic move and they think they automatically should start trying to mimic that in their own training.

The danger in this is that those that don’t know what they’re doing tend to want to get “cute” with what they “are” doing in the weight room. Many of these folks also tend to jump into getting “cute” with their exercise selection without fully understanding the purpose, or intent of what they are doing. A lot of the time this ends up being a recipe for disaster.

It Doesn’t Take Much…

The key to progressing in anything in life is about consistency. You must be fundamentally sound in your approach before ever worrying about getting too deep into anything. Being sound fundamentally is a necessary requirement before you can even worry about implementing anything that is seen as advanced.

The good news is that it doesn’t take much to hone a skill. People overcomplicate life all the time. When it comes to training many people look at that super athlete on a YouTube video pull off some amazing feat and then immediately want to include themselves into that same category by trying to do all kinds of crazy shit in their training.

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Once again the key is learning to scale properly. A sound progression should involve moving to vary a movement only after a particular movement has been mastered. For instance, it wouldn’t make sense to do a one arm push up before at least mastering the standard double arm push up, right?

You’re probably thinking well coach that’s obvious! Well, you would be correct that such a statement is obvious to you and me, but to many folks that graduate from YouTube University this isn’t so obvious. To clarify my point you can find videos everywhere of people attempting sloppy one arm push ups which aren’t true one arm push ups!

You can also witness people doing sloppy two arm push ups all the time, but many of these people claim they can do a push up. You see as I stated earlier perception isn’t always reality!

The Takeaway

Just understand that the final product in any situation didn’t just magically appear overnight. The work that goes into honing a skill requires consistent progressive effort. Such a journey in any endeavor requires an individual to be smart, persistent, and unrelenting.

In terms of your training make sure you that you are fundamentally sound and that you understand how to progress in an intelligent manner. Just because covering the basics for fundamental strength may look simple it doesn’t mean it’s easy. I know this because so many fail to actually do it. If it were easy then everyone would be doing it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if so then make sure you post up in the comment section below. Stay strong and keep training smart.

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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