Without a coach and an intelligent program to push us to strengthen our weaknesses, we fall into the vicious cycle of following the same kind of program month after month, year after year, decade after decade—trying to excel at ONE area—without even considering the other markers of true health and fitness.
I know from personal experience.
When I was in college studying Exercise Science and Physiology, I played Division-1 baseball. I was on track to go pro and I had been training HARD for years. I thought I was in the best shape I’d ever be in my life.
But within a month, my whole world came crashing down.
During one of the last games of my Sophomore year, I dove for a ball and felt a tearing pain in my elbow. Within a matter of seconds, my chances of going-pro were gone, and I was faced with a long path to being able to do anything physical — including training which was my passion.
Shortly after, I decided if I couldn’t lift, I’d go for a short run. That’s when I had another disturbing confrontation with reality: After less than half a mile I was nearly puking by the side of the road.
Who was this guy?
I had spent my entire life becoming an athlete. Yet here I was injured, unable to train, and totally, completely, ridiculously out of shape.
It was that day that I decided to dedicate my research, career, and training to developing a system that would help me not just reinforce what I was good at (lifting weights) but help me overcome my weaknesses, too.
Hypertrophy, strength, conditioning, fat-loss, nutrition, mobility, recovery: it’s all important. But most programs only ever focus on one or two of these areas and neglect all of the others.
Then one day we wake up and realize we can’t touch our toes. Or we can’t run a half a mile.
But there’s another option ….