“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now that we’ve established a training space and the basic elements for exercise, let’s discuss what we’re training for, and how we’ll achieve those goals. A few years back, I found myself on a bus from the hotel to the convention center for the Arnold Sports Festival. It just so happened that I was seated next to John Gleneicki. We struck up conversation about the variety of events taking place at the “Arnie,” and he concluded with a statement that resonated and stuck with me. He said something to the effect of “there’s a lot of room in physical culture. It’s not so important what sport you’re in; it’s simply important that you’re in.” I agree whole-heartedly.
In line with Emerson’s quote above, there are a few principles that lead to athletic development. A quick glance through the Sports/Health/Fitness section of Barnes & Noble, or simply browsing the internet will confirm that there is no shortage of methods derived form those principles (and some not).
If you can grasp the principles, you can better understand and choose the method(s) that will work best for you. Furthermore, the program that you can stick to will be the one that’s most effective for you – in the business world we call this “engagement” or “buy-in.” You have to know your principles and believe in the method, because none of this is easy. Anyone who says otherwise is lying.
To once again borrow from my favorite fitness author: “I welcome you to the community of people for whom good enough will no longer suffice!”
In the next few posts I’ll go into more detail on what the principles are, and after that, how we can use those principles to select good methods for training. While you’re waiting, Like us on Facebook!