In previous posts I’ve talked about how progression is kind of like playing chicken with an oncoming train.
We all want to get bigger, faster and stronger. The good news is that the exercise we can perform is also infinite. There is always another mile to run and more weight to add to the bar.
The bad news is that we have a finite capacity for exercise stress. We can only run so far or lift so much weight before things start to break down.
So at first glance it seems like a hopeless cause. We want endless progress but we can only do so much. Therefor, we can only progress so far.
But there is good news. There is a way to progress endlessly for the rest of your life without seeing how much you can beat yourself up. In fact, it can potentially prevent stress and injury.
The essence of this endless fountain of profession is technical improvement.
Everyone in fitness knows that technique is important in exercise, but few people really drill down and mine all of the potential technical gold. I used to just make sure I was doing the technique well enough so I wouldn’t get hurt. However, once I got into calisthenics I discovered that each exercise contains an endless journey of technical discovery.
Even though I could do a push up, I started discovering new ways to tweak and improve the move.
The cool thing was that as my technique improved so did my fitness. Only it didn’t take any extra time or stress. It just required a little learning and some focused mental effort. My muscles got stronger, my joints became healthier, and my focus became much more intense.
Technical improvement is an endless fountain of possibility. In the martial arts there are people who dedicate their life to improving just a single punch or throw. Even after years of training they still discover ways to advance their technique.
The same can be said for any exercise, especially calisthenics. Calisthenics are very skill intensive exercises. You can spend the rest of your life advancing your pull up technique or your squat. Yet despite the highly technical nature, they are relatively easy to get into. It’s not like juggling where you need a moderate degree of skill just to perform the moves.
The final cool thing is that as your technique improves so does everything else. You improve balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, endurance, timing….EVERYTHING!
In the next post I’ll cover some general stages on how to improve your technique for endless progression and advancement.