Anyone who wants to train their body intensely should have at least a basic understanding of the musculoskeletal system and kinesiology. There are some really great books out there, two of my favorites are The Manual of Structural Kinesiology by RT Floyd and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology by Karen Clippinger. The better you understand how your body works, the better you can design and execute your training plan. The best training plans are customized for your body and your needs. Happy Bendings!
It is great to have goals in your training, it gives us motivation and that glorious feeling of satisfaction whenever we reach one. There is a dark side, however, to the ambition that comes when the drive to get better overshadows the training process. In my coaching, I often hear concern from men and women of all ages that they are not progressing quickly enough, and that they are struggling. The desired results are not coming as easily as they had hoped, or they are coping with pain and injury. These
Training your flexibility is a very different journey from training strength, endurance, speed, or even technique-based fitness like dance or sports. Many of the mental strategies that one uses to get through your standard CrossFit, weight lifting, running, or spinning workout are inappropriate for confronting flexibility fitness. It is important to approach your flexibility training with a sense of calm energy. Your standard fitness philosophy can be summed up by some of the most prevalent inspirational fitness T-shirts and posters: Go Hard or Go Home, Train Like a Beast, or my favorite Jillian Michael’s quote: