Many roads lead to fitness: the importance of tolerance in training.
Exercise has evolved to the point where there are a host of different training options available to those who want to get strong, fit or both. I’ve written before that exercise can be a bit like religion and politics, fiercely debated without anyone changing their belief.
At Roark we offer a certain way of training aimed at getting our athletes stronger and fitter for their chosen sports. This is how we choose to reflect the success of our programme. If our athletes get stronger or fitter, or lose body fat or put on muscle mass, and this culminates in them experiencing increased gains in their chosen sport (even if that sport is our ‘Daily Workout’) we consider our training to have been successful. While our training is inspired by many programmes that already exist, athletes who train at Roark and continue to take the classes do so because they enjoy the results of our methods.
In exercise, as in life, there are always going to be those people who feel that they know it all, that their knowledge or method is somehow superior to other methods. They use words like this or that is incorrect, they claim that their exercise regime in not only the best way, but the only way. They like to swagger around looking down on people who choose a different sport of discipline to the ones they have chosen. To those people I’d like to say the following: grow up. It’s exercise.
There are few things more insufferable than the person who believes they are superior to others, for whatever reason. The exercise world has its fair share of people like that. They swagger around sniffing and throwing out their bench figures, dismissing anything that doesn’t fit into their current fitness paradigm. It’s sad that this happens. The fact that people are out there lifting weights, giving something new a bash and trying to get fitter and stronger is to be celebrated, even if they’re not using your methods. Because they’re not practicing exactly what you believe to be best doesn’t mean anything other than they’ve decided to try something different from you.
If your training allows you to stand on your hands or throw a heavy ball against a wall or flip a tractor tyre, that’s fantastic. Just don’t belittle everyone else who has chosen something different from you. Every exercise philosophy has it’s pros and it’s cons. Don’t try and get everyone else to love yours as much as you do.
If you’re going to be fanatical about your training, be fanatical about your own training. Because that’s what it’s about, right? Fulfilling your own athletic potential.