This might be the oldest, simplest and most effective analogy that I repetitively share with everyone who walks into my school of Motor Learning. A simple story of how Exercise & Nutrition intricately work in precise unison through the mechanics of something that changed the world at its prime in history, the Steam Locomotive.
The folks that understand it, get it just like that. The ones who don't, are left to wonder (or not care at all) why they didn't learn anything from its simplicity or didn't get the results they initially intended to acquire. As always, your individual results may vary.
I'm not here to tell my students what to do, they continuously learn how things work. How to train and practice safely, how to eat right (most of the time). Just a simple 'How does it work?' is fine, and off they go, independent, self-motivated and determined to practice to get it right.
I am only here to teach my students how important it is to have them individually understand everything there is about Functional Strength & Conditioning for themselves, with or without me. The system, the basics and the foundation to making it all happen is ALL there, is simpler than you think, but DAMN is it so HARD to acquire. Why? Some one, some thing, somewhere is out-of-synch. Sometimes we just have to back up to look at the working parts.
Basically, there are two engineers in the cockpit of the locomotive (above pic - Rio Grande 499 behind me in pic, Cañon City, Colorado). In our analogy both of those engineers are you, and your body is the train. One maintains and fires the coal burner, that warms up the water, that creates the steam, that pushes the piston, that propels the wheels on the train. The other guy, he also keeps up maintenance, he drives, he brakes, he turns, he checks, he monitors, he says when to 'go faster' or when to 'slow down' and he gets to 'toot' the horn when people (or animals, or things) are in his way.
At anytime, anywhere, anyhow, something could fail or be faulty. The bolt that holds the wheel may need tightening, the oil might need to be changed, pistons replaced and coal checked for quantity and quality of combustion.
If we want to go faster (build metabolism) and the engineer shovels too much coal into the fire at one time, he may smother the fires' ability to stay hot. So he makes sure to feed it parts at a time, being certain the fire burns steady and hot. Not too little, Not too much. The train has to do the work, but it has to be precisely controlled and fed right. Most folks just don't give themselves a chance at effectively understanding how it all works before jumping in and shoveling too much shit, not you. Make it hot.
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Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
"I strongly believe that Freedom of Physical Movement without limitation and or pain is the New Life Currency.