“Metaphorically speaking, if you want to become a supple leopard, you need to understand how to move correctly in every situation.”
Over the next several weeks, we will be taking a close look into Kelly Starrett’s book “Becoming a Supple Leopard” which teaches us about preventing injury, optimizing athletic performance, and and resolving pain through the practice of mobility, stretching, and fundamental techniques for the body’s natural ability to move.
Not only is his theory geared around weight lifting, CrossFit, and other sports, it also has a bigger picture of maximizing physical performance-consistently and without injury. This includes just learning how to sit better, stand better, and move better on a daily basis. We all are guilty of poor posture throughout the day whether its slumping over our desk at work, or not standing up straight when we’re in line, or even sleeping in positions that lead to neck and back pain. The great thing about this book and its focus on mobility and movement is that it can be applied to the smallest of movements and tasks before we even begin to look at its affects on athletics, weightlifting and CrossFit.
Kelly goes on to discuss the idea of a “New Human-Performance Epoch” and four key factors that are responsible for this transformation.
1. The advent of the internet and modern media : it’s much easier to access, share and reproduce ideas and information at a much larger scale. You don’t necessarily have to be locked in Mick’s basement learning how to Jab with Rocky Balboa… you can see all his techniques online in a click of button.
2. A higher volume of cross-discipline exchange among training practices and theories of human movement. We have weightlifters, power lifters, football players, ballet dancers, CrossFitters etc… all sharing the same gym, creating a melting pot of strength and conditioning concepts and practices.
3. We are living in a time when there is a growing interest in the body. There is a large growing interest in our personal wellbeing. From being physically fit, to nutrition, to better understanding how our body’s function better. We have an increasing access to a wide range of ways to capture and measure data about ourselves in many different aspects of health a fitness. “What gets measured, gets managed”
4. The evolution of strength and conditioning. “People have been lifting heavy weights, moving quickly, and working very hard to real effect for some time. The difference now is that a good strength and conditioning program has all the elements of human movement covered.”
“Brilliant people have spent their entire lives developing systems that help us understand how and why humans move the way they move… Do these systems work? Of course they do.”
Stay with us over the next few weeks as we explore these topics of movement, mobility, and optimizing our overall performance in and out of the gym… Now come to the box and lets get on it!
written by CG