Mind The Gap

I remember hearing a story before we opened Performance Locker that really hit home. I found myself in that very scary place about to make a jump into something new, with a fear of attempting the leap too early and falling on my face. A book I was reading suggested getting the boat as close to the dock before you jump. The dock was the job I was in and the boat was where I wanted to be, at some point I was going to have to make the jump and there is always a possibility of getting wet; but the closer I was able to get the boat to the dock, the better the chance of staying dry. In short –  mind the gap as a greater gap meant increased odds of failure. Knowing I couldn’t do what I ultimately wanted to do in my previous position, and being encouraged by so many in the community to take that leap of faith. I was blessed with the support, a long rope if you will, that I could use to pull me closer to the dock before making the ultimate leap.

In the world of fitness when it comes to gaps, I feel we the fitness industry actually encourages us to ask people to leap the Grand Canyon on a daily basis.
It is common practice for the desk bound population to exert little to no energy for 95% of the day. Then at lunch, or after work, head to the gym and go through a workout that would make Hercules blush.

Why?

When you let your snowblower sit all summer then fire it up to plow 14″ of wet heavy snow it never goes well. Why are you expected to scorch 10,000 calories by doing 1,000 burpees and 15 minute planks in the one hour a day you’re moving?

This is the gap. Our work/home life is almost sedentary and or workouts are Olympic caliber.

So how do we mind the gap? How do we bring the boat closer to the dock so we can participate in intense workouts without fear of injury, pain, unnecessary discomfort and possible death (a little overboard on the last one I know but it is a potential outcome to extreme activities)?

Meet in the middle. Include more postural work, mobility training, stability training and corrective movement exercises into your daily training routine. These are the aspects that will help you build a strong foundation of movement to better handle the stress of increased intensity workouts. A body that moves well has a far greater capacity for workload than one that does not. Every single day at Performance Locker in our Small Tribe and Chalkboard Workouts, Yoga, and Pilates classes we work on the basics. Personalized techniques and strategies to help people move better so their body will never be the limiting factor in attempting new challenges and goals. These are the most important part of our workouts and our members have been amazed with the results they bring.

Second, begin to make life less sedentary. Take advantage of the time outside of the training space and increase your base of daily activity. Even if you kill yourself in the gym every day it is still only 4% of your day that you’re moving and active. If we can move that toward more of 70/30 or 60/40 split now you are in business. Add walks and hikes before and after work, bike to places, take up new hobbies like running, paddling, cross country, biking, etc. Basically you can boil this one down to add more fun outdoor time/activities to your day.  Easy peasy. We do our very best at PL to not only encourage our members to increase outdoor activity but provide opportunities to try out things like standup paddling, long distance biking and cross country skiing. We feel strongly this is a huge missing piece in many “fitness programs” yet a very critical one.

At Performance Locker, we try to serve as that support, that rope that can bring your boat closer to the dock so you successfully make the leap without getting wet. We hope you enjoy our time together as much as we do navigating these waters!

— Casey