Effective Training Comes From Playful Seriousness
Discover your body by looking for and feeling for what works for you. To me the body, mind and spirit merge as one and what you do to one you do to the other. For example, if I do movements to open and strengthen my posture this will open and strengthen my mind and help me to release tensions and emotion from the body that may have been stored from an upsetting or emotional situation. Moving your body counter intuitively away from common movement patterns gives you new problems to solve developing new or bringing old connection back online. Deeper purposeful breathing will give you a greater sense of wellbeing, focus and playfulness.
Essential movements like squats and deadlifts are the foundation of strength building but then to include balance drills like handstands and leg balances or pistol squats so now you are working on multiple components and capabilities of the workout to unleash and release your inner warrior. Rather than working individual body parts, we begin working all aspects of our bodies ability to perform. One workout could be speed, you may find yourself working on hand speed with a boxing partner or trainer getting you to strike rapidly while moving your feet as well to condition foot function and speed. Another component could be coordination, so this would involving bouncing, striking, throwing and catching medicine or tennis balls. Another one could be a transition of positions e.g. something like capoeira or animal flow workouts which work the core and the whole body. Upper body strength for better posture, learning to do pull ups and push ups or dips properly.
If you look at your body as a playful toolkit you can create incredible 3D workouts rather than flat 2D workouts. You’ll perform well mentally spiritually physically and psychologically. So go on, play around but play around hard, challenge you’re movements and get the most out the incredible body you’re given.