My understanding of human health has evolved as I delved deeper into various topics related to it. It has become clear to me that achieving optimal health is not simply a matter of training, diet, or exercise. Instead, it involves a complex interplay between three key factors: musculoskeletal, mind, and metabolic machinery, which I refer to as the 3 M’s of fitness.
Throughout 2021, I focused my attention on understanding the connections between the three key factors that contribute to optimal health. I worked with clients dealing with lower back pain, neural issues, nutrition, speed, and power training, which allowed me to deepen my understanding of the musculoskeletal, mind, and metabolic aspects of fitness.
Moreover, during a challenging phase of my life, I had to relearn and restudy the workings of the brain, specifically its ability to adapt and change, known as neuroplasticity. These experiences have reinforced my belief in the importance of considering all aspects of health to achieve optimal fitness.
In my opinion, a fitness or health expert is someone who helps you become fitter in all aspects, no matter what your starting point may be. This includes improving your physical capabilities, instilling belief in yourself, and understanding the different aspects of health to guide you towards optimal fitness.
What is meant by “training to your requirement”?
Let’s examine some examples:
- I recently came across a player who had a physique that resembled that of the world’s top athletes – well-built, lean, athletic, and toned. However, upon observing him run in the field, I noticed that he was significantly slower than what his body suggested. Why is that the case?
- Similarly, I met someone who had an abundance of strength, towering structure, and an ideal anatomical build for a fast bowler. However, he was unable to leverage his strength to its full potential. Why?
- In another instance, a young man who appeared to be a powerful athlete with plenty of strength could barely hit a ball 65 meters. Why?
- There are also several players on the squad who, despite clearing all fitness tests, struggle with basic movements like catching or running. Why is that?
Question: Do you believe that weight room training is necessary for all of these players?
In reality, none of these players lack strength – they lack the ability to move in a way that’s required for their sport.
Question: Do you believe that all of these players require the same type of training?
No. Each player has a unique body structure and set of deficiencies.
For example, if an athlete is slow in their sport or activity, a fitness expert should be able to assist them in becoming faster through training. Simply training for hours without seeing any improvement in performance is insufficient. The aim is to improve and do what is necessary for the body to excel in the chosen activity.
Additionally, delving deeper into the intricacies of training, one athlete may have an inhibited glute max or overactive hamstrings, another may have inhibited calves due to incorrect foot mechanics, and someone else’s swing may be inappropriate due to their movement. The issue could arise anywhere, and a competent trainer or fitness coach should be able to address and resolve it. Simply following the exercise regime of the world’s best athletes does not make you the “best” or even “good.