Your unique training program - The Principle of Individuality

Many people have had the experience of trying a new type of exercise that really resonates with them. Whether it’s the feeling of the body in motion, the environment surrounding the activity and eventually long term, the positive results that come from regularly doing the activity.

Conversely many have also had the opposite experience. Perhaps it’s a friend that recommended a sport or type of exercise that they themselves enjoy, only to find that despite them loving it, after a few attempts you find yourself despising the activity, and maybe even your friend for even trying to help.  

This doesn’t make the exercise (or your friend) necessarily bad. What it does show is that there is a difference between how different bodies respond to exercise. This includes not just the type of exercise but the difficulty.  This is where the principle of individuality is extremely important. 

Understanding our current condition and knowing what you are currently capable of will help you to design an exercise routine that is suitable specifically for your human self. 

We are all human, but with different specific needs

Doing what is right for our body at this moment in time, combining elements of what we enjoy as well as doing it in an environment that resonates with our bodies are crucial parts of the principle of individuality. 

As individualized as a an exercise routine may be, there are some universal exercises that generally speaking, as long as you are a human-being should somehow be a staple in your exercise routine. These “crucial” exercises are likely to be debated until the end of time… The ability to squat, lunge, get ourselves up off the ground, walk and climb stairs and carry everyday items are usually safe bets. You may reach further afield and decide that the ability to run, jump, lift a chest freezer on your own or throw a bag of garden waste 5 meters into a bin as crucial. We would not argue with any of those.

Perhaps you’ve got great potential to run but haven’t done so in a decade. Or you’re naturally drawn towards lifting heavy weights but have a current injury that’s hampering you from doing so. One size does not fit all and a personalized approach is the safest and most effective way to train our bodies.

Individuality is always a moving target

What may be good for you now, might not be effective for you after 2 years worth of training. And an exercise in the past that caused you extreme discomfort because of its difficulty might just be exactly what you need to move the needle forward.

Just like getting a warrant of fitness on a car, there are many ways to measure and determine your current physical health and what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals. Following some form of fitness test, an appropriate training program can be created which is directly specific to your goals and needs. This is also an opportunity for you to consider your history and relationship with exercise in the past.

What are you naturally good at?

If you could do any form of movement, what would it be?

Are there any common themes with your exercise over a calendar year?

What sport do you absolutely love and admire? 

And lastly, if you don’t know the answers to these questions, see if you can seek out a coach who may be able to help you answer these.

In short, you are unique, you are a human and you were built to move in an infinite amount of ways.

 

- Daniel