I mentioned that I wanted to write something explaining my philosophy on fitness, what my goals are and why I use certain tools.
My main aim is for great general fitness. That may sound a little dull and uninspiring but it isn’t, I simply mean general rather than specialist. I aim to be stronger, faster and more agile but I don’t want one any more than the others and certainly don’t want one attribute at the expense of another.
Essentially I want to move better within my physical environment. The types of movements I focus on are running, jumping, climbing, lifting, walking, moving on all fours and fighting. I’ve drawn huge inspiration from Méthode Naturelle.
Erwan Le Corre demonstrates the ideal with MovNat. Over the summer I had a couple of great runs round the common after finding his site that included sprints, jogs, walks and moving on all fours. I jumped, climbed trees, lifted logs and threw rocks. It was great fun and really brought it all together. Unfortunately work and winter can get in the way of doing this all the time so I have to find another way. Kettlebells, bodyweight exercise, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the occasional run enable me to train the component parts and help get me where I want to go.
Kettlebells are so versatile and take up little room, they can be the basis of a great home gym and cover off my lifting and throwing (I count the snatch as a throw where you don’t let go), they are also great for sustained lifting over an extended period of time – you get a lot in one tool.
Making your body feel light is the essence of great movement so bodyweight exercise is essential. Pull ups are a must and I’ve recently been toying with some gymnastic static holds – those guys truly are the masters of their own bodyweight.
Fighting as play is a natural outlet for animals and I would recommend that everyone include a martial art in their fitness. BJJ is a fantastic skill to learn. It is such a deep, technical fighting art with a huge mental aspect. It’s also great to exercise in a group from time to time.
Last but certainly not least – running. This is a fundamental movement that everyone should do and if you mix up the distance, speed and terrain it can be great fun.
I associated goals with each of the tools I use but always try to keep a sense of play. I work hard and sweat to meet these goals but, like in life, don’t take it all too seriously. I hope a sense of fun and play in exercise will keep me young and moving well for years to come so I will be able to keep up with The Little One for as long as she needs me. That’s what it’s all about really – happiness & longevity.