MOVE WITH STRENGTH. MOVE WITH GRACE. MOVE WITH CONTROL.
I grew up with a father highly skilled in martial arts and a mother enthralled with baseball, what a combo. My early years in a crib were spent at some of the greatest South Bay dojos, and although I originally rejected the very nature of fighting I later found comfort in the discipline and healing nature of these arts.
I played collegiate baseball at Pepperdine in Malibu and graduated with an intention to pursue a deeper understanding of fitness and peak performance. My first job out of college was to help actors and top athletes achieve the highest possible physical and mental standards, in regards to their goals and competition. This taught me so much; bio-mechanics, physiology, recovery techniques, and how emotions play into our ability to be successful. I was gifted an amazing opportunity to help high achievers be even better, and I found that the formula for fitness success was exact to that of martial arts.
3 step process to fitness and vitality success:
Load: The only way for us to grow physically is to take the body to edges. That could be in the form of lifting a heavier weight or running a little bit faster. When we load our systems, they are forced to adapt to the circumstances and environment we are working in. Effort is equated with grit. We have to try harder and harder to increase our potential. There is no other way.
Recover: Once we hit our edge we must quickly and efficiently rest. Every athlete, high performer, or anyone who's been overloaded physically, mentally, or emotionally for that matter, must recover to reap the benefits of the loading phase. The issue usually lies in how we go about doing this. A bottle of red wine before bed will not allow your bodies natural systems to recover efficiently. In this case you are more likely to wake up with a headache. To the same degree, an argument with a loved one or business part before bed can have the same affects. To recover is to slow down, take the time to feel our bodies, and give it whats need most. Healing technologies, like cryo-therapy, mindful-movement practices, such as qigong, and touch therapies such as massage can have a drastic benefit to the recovery process.
Apply: The last phase includes the application of these newfound skills. Minor pains and stiffness are mostly a result of the poor application of daily movements. Humans have become notorious for sitting over long periods of time, not getting enough exercise and complaining instead of getting off our butts. When we apply what we learn during the first two phases we experience less pain, stiffness and weakness, and more strength, courage and flexibility.