Realistically, in what situation will you be required to bang out 700 full range squats in a minute, or lift 300kg from the floor, pull a truck with your bare hands? The list goes on. I exaggerate but you get the drift. We have become so focused on the highest, the most, the biggest, the baddest; we rush to the gym 3, 4 times a week and push through exercises that get yelled out to us. We leave, fresh and showered, our egos a little pumped before we managed to squeeze in a workout in between 4 meetings, a presentation with the boss, remembering our kid’s birthday present. Did I mention we managed to squeeze in a workout? Mm. *self high five* Life, we win.
The adrenalin of the sense of achievement lets us ignore the fact that we not looking at the big picture. Sure, you’ve got the highest PR, you’re pulling 3 x your bodyweight on a pull up (don’t get me wrong, we’re impressed, it’s not easy, no sport ever is), but it forgets the natural movement that our body is made for.
“The healthy human animal is both inquisitive and acquisitive. It is curious about the world around it, and so it walks, runs, climbs, crawls, and swims. It picks up, throws, and carries. It dances, sings, and has sex. Occasionally it fights. It finds connection to its tribe and its environment through movement.”
We want to encourage you to move, to feel the ease and power of moving, to feel strong and light. To play and discover new movements, feel the ground with your hands and feet, lie on your back, touch your toes with your fingers. You deserve it. You are made to move.
Hey, and who knows, you might just get that last full squat in the set.