Monday, 4 September 2017

Fitness Revolution Manifesto

Let's make the fitness and the healthy living accessible and fun again.

No more boring treadmills, no more machines which limit your movements, no more over-complicate split programs or unnecessary calories counting diets.
And no, you don't have to drink nasty protein shakes or perform rings muscle up, and handstand walks daily.

You see, we, people, have a tendency to overcomplicate and to overthink.
In our heads, the more sophisticated and advanced the program, the better.
But when it's come to your fitness and the well-being, the opposite is true. The simpler, the better. 



The irony is that the simple doesn't sell well. It's not sexy enough for the fitness magazine cover or the online program. There is no big money to make in teaching the basic, you cannot trademark a body squat or cooking from scratch and, you cannot call yourself a creator.
And young, fresh after the course and ego driven personal trainers want to show off, sell you on newest tips and gadgets.

I don't blame them, I was there once. But after more than 10 years in the business I see a massive value in back to the basics approach. My clients don't need another all in one TRX like machine or another fantastic and "the best" insane program.
They need a solid squat, good mobility and basic understanding of the home cooking instead.

Let me be clear here. I'm not the first and not the last who preach the simple approach. Nothing that you read here is mine or created by me. I've just recycled the common knowledge

So, are you ready?
Let's make a "common knowledge" common again!

Move.
And when in doubt, move more.

Run, cycle, lift, hang, hit, sprint, walk, squat, jump, dance. All those activities are good, all are equal. Some might be frictionally better in (insert... burning the fat, building the muscles, etc.) but until you move every day, it really doesn't matter.
Don't look for marginal gains when you leave so much on the table.

Eat. Good. Food.
You don't need a nutritional coach to tell you that this pack of crisps and cola aren't right for you.
Deep down there you know what your body needs and wants.
Choose a real food, not fake substitutes.
Don't believe in the hype. You don't need shakes, pills, drinks, additional proteins, etc.
Spend your money on your local farmer's market instead.

Play

With your kids, with your dog, with your partner. Allowed yourself to be kid like, learn something new, challenge yourself every day.

Rest. 

Good night sleep will make you feel invincible!
When was the last time you felt that way?!

And that's it. This is really that simple.
I know that the transition from the complex to the simple might feel hard and unnatural. But it's so worth it.
If you need guidance or help, hire a coach. But be critical, think for yourself, learn as much as you can, and don't be afraid to ask her questions. 

It's your body and your responsibility to keep it healthy, supple and fit for as long as you can.

Yours, 

Leszek


Grit And Passion - Bruce Wilson - Edinburgh Triathletes Athlete

''...I just want to do as well as I possibly can... This is a great thing about triathlons, you only race yourself...'' ...