In order to figure out how to fit all the pieces of your training in we need to establish a few standards. Cross Training (XT) is NOT doing a few push up and sit ups then going for an easier, slower run. XT is not just going to a spin class, boot camp class, or other aerobic based effort in-spite of the fact that it “gives you a good sweat for an hour”.
I’ve held more then a few 1-on-1 sessions lately. Helping my people find their potential, helping them open up, find better positions, and improve movement technique. Even though each of these session is unique, tackling the individuals personal issues it seems a few themes keep popping up.
Breath, hips, shoulders, and understanding their interconnectedness.
Breath, without air we don’t live, much less thrive. But without being able to find position, it gets really hard to breathe. I was listening to a podcast with the founders of XPT where Gabriel Reese brought up our fight or flight response to being hunched over (Time stamp 1:38:06 in this podcast). I realized that getting people to stop walking around in an anxiety causing position was paramount. Not only will it get people breathing (important stuff) but it allows them to find proper position. And we all know position is power.
I teach people how to move. Which I hope translates into how they live. My theory is that if people are moving better they will feel better. If they feel better they will be happier. If they’re happier they’ll make better decisions. Better decision making individuals make for better citizens. Better citizens make for a better world. And that is really my goal, to live in a better world.