Continuum Training Quotes

Where you’re iffy work on control!

Where you’re solid work on output!

Where integrity is maintained without conscious control,

you may relinquish it.

The gross is only as good as the pieces.

A gross challenge avoids weak pieces.

The pieces can only be assessed, controlled, and optimized with focused challenge!

Never try to balance when you’re working on balance!!

(Balancing down-regulates output!

Optimizing the pieces requires a stable base!

When it comes to actually achieving balance work from easy to difficult,

which in this case means work from wobble to controlled wobble (with what?)

and "balance" will occur!)

There are in fact two forms/types/philosophies of exercise out there: a predetermined, choreographed, standardized, traditional exercise world that goes beyond "one size fit all" and makes each individual fit the exercise!
The "just do it" version wherein exercises are done either purely for the sake of doing them, or because they are magic.
And then there is the other far less popular version (in fact only a handful of us know it’s an option) in which exercise is seen purely from a body (client’s body specifically) and force point of view and is custom-fit to the individual.

They see a bench press with arbitrary rules, a sport within itself that has become a mainstay of daily, lay health and fitness.
We see a "pushing" challenge with specific demands of the shoulder, elbow, etc.
They think the BP "works" those things.
We think the BP requires those things in order to exist.
They think the traditional ranges and rules of the BP define how someone must do it.
We think that the BP should be modified to the "client-defined" parameters of range and contractile control of the individual, if it should be done at all!!

This is the essential difference between the “pre-Galileo” functional training aficionados and us.
They see the “sun come up” and think the earth is the center of the universe.
They see a relatively flat ocean and think they see a flat earth.
They see a squat and can't see the value of knee extension.
We know that no knee extension control = no squat!!
And the squat may not be the best way to challenge knee extension (based upon moment arm, client structure, joint range, etc.)

They see a range and think “limitation” and "need to stretch".
We see range and think A) this is what he/she has available, B) there are numerous potential reasons why, many of which I cannot know nor should I violate (osteophytes, orchestrated "protective" tension, etc.)
They see asymmetry or "posture" and think "fix it"!
We think "Don't know why it's that way. Over a dozen possibilities. This may be that body’s BEST current solution!! Work WITHIN AND AROUND it!!!"

They see exercise as being somewhere between grade school calisthenics, coaching related non-sense (like "power cleans are the only way to develop power") and a sport itself (Crossfit).
We see exercise as an opportunity to take what the client brings to the table and optimize it by "improving ownership" (contractile control) and "increasing output" (increase tension production)… and THEN "using" that improved, more bulletproof body for "cardio," or biasing it for sprinting, competing, etc.

A major theme in Continuum Training® is that sports and health/fitness are entirely different, almost unrelated endeavors!
That sports do not lead to health.
Sports require Sports Medicine.
Exercise is supposed to BE the medicine!
Running CAN be healthy… until the finish line and the speed/time become more important than the body's response at any given moment!!!!!
High level coaches know that plyometrics are not for beginners (or for just burning calories, especially in 350 pound people!!), that you never sacrifice skill/quality of performance for the sake of (misdirected) speed or power… all the things that crossfit chooses to violate every minute of the day (generally speaking; and though their actions if not their words!)

Another MAJOR theme is that harder does NOT inherently mean better …nor appropriate!
That standing cable presses are neither an optimally effective "chest" exercise nor "core" exercise.
That SUPPORT (mechanical restraint) is the KEY to increasing output in a strategic manner. (Hello!!!! That's why sprinters use starting blocks and spikes!!!!!!)
That standing on something wobbly or squishy is definitely harder, to the detriment of the exercise if the goal is output!!!
That if they reduce the tension challenge they’ll never increase tension production, i.e, REAL strength!!
And there are two factors in support that are key: “level” and “type”/DOF (Level meaning proximity to the moving joint/s.)
So if harder means you can’t use as much load (with ONLY the desired/goal joints moving) then it’s not optimal strengthening.
It’s a sacrifice!

So to keep people from flipping out and getting all riled up at the idea that we’re saying “NO wobble ever” or “no total body exercise (i.e., load in hands, support at feet) we are presenting the idea of Continuum Training™.
It is based upon everything being a continuum of decisions and objective decisions that should be objectively influenced by the tolerances and abilities of WHO is being trained, NOT the tolerances, abilities, and preferences of who is training them.
It starts with the Functional Continuum® which is NOT about exercise, work, sports or circus acts!
It is about the fundamental function of the human machine.
It’s where an individual client currently resides amidst the broad spectrum of tolerances and abilities that humans may exhibit!
And the Exercise Equation is riddled with continuum options and decisions based upon the individual such as the continuums of motion, position, support, effort, intention, time, etc.

A fundamental principle is that everything is (all parameters are) “client-defined” (Don’t get me wrong, metaphorically they don’t choose their medicine or dosage, their goals and current body do.)

The Continuum Training process is the key: take what they “have” and “optimize it” before “using it” or “biasing it”!!

Have: Scope of practice and principles of adaptive response demand that you cannot ethically or appropriately impose more than what the client currently has in terms of range or contraction generating ability or contractile control!

Optimize: A masterful blend of to processes…
"Improving ownership" (Contractile control; mindful and internally focused gross and joint control: reproducible positions, paths of motion and end ranges, loads, inertial effects, acceleration, deceleration, etc.)
"Increasing output" (tension production) occurs via mindful and internally focused increases in effort in “stable-based challenges” and appropriate “resistance profiles” as control allows.

As these things improve they can more appropriately (i.e., with greater tolerance and more effectively) “use it” via “mindless” things like “cardio”, or “bias it” via “mindful, externally focused” things like working on balance, Olympic lifts, sprints, plyos, yoga, Pilates, etc.

In this way we can see that the individual’s body and ITS rules and responses to specific forces are prerequisites for dispensing “exercise world” games and protocols unrelated to the individual.

Just like a sunrise, you will never really understand exercise until you can see beyond it to the relationships and processes that create it!!!

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