The active population, which so many of us are part of, have been chasing our tails for years, and will probably continue to do so when it comes to physical fitness regimes and equipment.
Ever wonder why every new fitness routine or piece of exercise equipment that promises instant results, explosive strength or flat abs stimulates us so much? Well, there's actually a really good reason this happens.
Here's Why We're so Attracted By It
The reason we are so readily pulled in by promises of more effective and efficient fitness levels is simple. It's because our very survival dependents on it.
You see deep within our biology, from thousands of years ago, we had to move and we had to move a lot. I'm talking upwards of 12 miles a day. If we couldn't move we couldn't compete for food and if we couldn't "win" the food we died.
Since then we've been on an unnatural fitness decline, but no matter how great our intellect or computer driven tools become we are still, at our core, a human animal that is not meant to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. We're still hunters and gatherers only now of a more sophisticated type.
Our levels of fitness, and the exercise that comes with it, fuel every facet of our lives. Our ability to think, create and move about the planet to and from meetings is all dependent upon us remaining active and fit.
Though there are a lot of differing opinions about fitness out there it was while testing a piece of TRX equipment that I realized there are a handful of things that we can (or maybe should) all agree on.
I Like What These Guys Say About Fitness
Seldom do I spend time browsing any type of instruction manual, but the philosophy on the front of the TRX manual resonated so well with me I thought to add some of my own commentary and share it here with you.
They did such a great job in the manual I'm just going to blatantly rip off a few of their words.
"We believe in training movements, not muscle."
It's rather subtle, but what they're saying here is that they are focused on a functional end result rather than some narcissistic pursuit of a hot body.
Isn't that the ultimate goal of any fitness program? I mean our bodies are here to move us and when I read that first line I thought "Ya... these guys get it."
This is all about being functionally fit. A nice body is just a pleasant side effect.
"Maintaining peak physical conditioning was essential as a SEAL"
Absolutely true, but maintaining "peak physical conditioning" isn't just essential for SEALs. Physical conditioning is a matter of life and death for anyone and everyone.
The only difference in the necessity of fitness for a SEAL compared to anyone elses is only a matter of timing. Because of their job, SEAL's expect to face the consequences of their fitness levels sooner than the rest of us; but, one way or the other we will all face those consequences.
Fitness is not an option. Period!
"Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability"
So no matter what your fitness philosophy is I think we can all agree on the end results we're after.
Strength: Because we need to be able to lift and move things, like our bodies, without getting hurt or overly fatigued.
Balance: So that we can scamper across all sorts of terrain, to include a slippery floor, without eating shit or breaking any bones.
Flexibility: So that we don't become a gnarled up mess that is in constant pain from stiff necks, backs or hammy's.
Core Stability: Too many of us ignore this and suffer the consequences of chronic injury as a result. Our core is the foundation from which the rest of our body operates from. Work your core and help everything else become stronger, more efficient and injury free.
This Is Not What I Meant To Do
When I started to write this paper it was not my intent to have it be about this Tactical TRX Force Kit, but their philosophy and the kits simplicity attracted me and I thought it something that we could all benefit from.
Here are the quick Stats on the TRX Suspension Trainer:
- Delivers a fast, effective total-body workout
- Helps build a rock-solid core
- Increases muscular endurance
- Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
- Can be set-up anywhere (gym, home, hotel or outside)
And here's a link to go learn more: TRX Force Kit: Tactical
I'll leave you with another quote straight from the TRX team:
"The body is an interconnected chain of muscles"
Think about it!
About Eric Davis
Eric Davis served our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school. Davis is also the host of The Loadout Room, author at SOFREP, a GovX "Insider" and founder of the human performance company Average Frog. Follow him, and all his exploits, on Twitter @EricDavis215