The old world of fitness is dying like a slowly falling giant.
And as each person abandons the old fitness regime, the giant loses power and slowly begins to crumble.
The irony is that this "old" way is actually very new. For the vast majority of our time as humans we've been moving with meaning, strength and very little pain.
If you've been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I believe our current model of fitness is backwards and fragmented. It's designed to put working out into a box that leads to a lack of meaning, and a very unrewarding journey ending mostly in injury, boredom and frustration.
I believe it's time that this broken model of fluorescently-lit, box-based, machine-centric, rep-counting, suffering came to an end.
It's time for this nonsense to stop once and for all.
What's worse is that this backwards model of fitness is responsible for the #1 reason you don't stick to your training.
The commoditization and quantification of movement has caused a lot of obvious problems:
We want to become fit, but for what? When do we ever get to actually do it, and use the capacity we've been training for?
Most importantly: do it for the love. Or as my friend Danielle LaPorte would say: "Have the courage to fucking enjoy it."
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Movement divorced from purpose leads to robotic, mindless routines and boring, unimaginative humans. Training in a gym, your body might be able to move well in straight lines and fair well with predictable patterns.
But the real world is not made up of straight lines and perfectly manicured environments.
It's highly chaotic, highly unpredictable.
A better approach is to continually vary your training.
The old way fools you by creating a nice looking body. You might have the appearance of a heroic mover, but none of the ability when the world tests you with new situations and challenges.
It's time to stop this way of backwards way of training.
In the next post, I'll share with you how to say goodbye to dull world of fitness, and embrace a new path of moving like a hero. Specifically, you'll learn the five steps you need to take to get there (#3 is ridiculously fun).
Together, we can speed up the death of the old world of fitness, and usher in a new era of moving with purpose, joy and meaning.
Stay with me, this is going to be a fun ride.
This post is part of a five part series on Moving Like a Hero. Here's the table of contents: