Month: January 2018

Training For Life Strategies: The Bathroom

With the continued rise of the training-for-life trend in the health & wellness industry, we have decided to go all-in with this approach and find optimum performance in all arenas of human function. Let’s face it, if we’re training for life we have to ask ourself tough, real-life questions and be ready for the very real answers. Like "where does life begin and training end?" and "are they now one in same; life is training and training is life?" Let’s be really, really, really real here, it’s 2018 and we have to question everything…literally everything.
So if we are training for life, can functional fitness cross the cold tile-threshold into the bathroom? ((Oh wait, not everyone has a cold tile bathroom floor anymore, plenty of fancy facilities out there with heated bathroom floors (question everything)). Of course it does! A big part of life now is inclusivity,and it isn’t just for people anymore, it’s for places too! If we’re training for life, we damn well better include our bathroom as part of our training space. We simply cannot lead lives in training anymore that only exist in the garage, gym, or outside in nature…bleh.

As with any human function, the environment around us impacts our performance. The bathroom is no different. Due to the static, sterile nature of the bathroom, we must arrive equipped with the tools to stay dynamic in our skill, endurance, and strength. Just as we would a marathon, a WOD, or grocery shopping. The first tool is the Squatty Potty. Clearly some engineer who wasn’t training for life invented the toilet as it nearly cripples the stability and mobility of modern humans. There are some things in this training life – life training that our body completely rejects because its design goes against our nature. The toilet is one of them.
In order to bring functions of human movement back to the toilet, we use the Squatty Potty, a PVC pipe dowel, minimal shoes, or even better barefeet. The skill of movement develops around technique or form – the ability to control body position and behavior during motion. Within one functionally equipped bathroom skill session, we had completely reversed our toilet form.

However, bringing functional fitness to the bathroom goes beyond skill. We wouldn’t show up to the gym and just do drills for 2 to 3 hours. So clearly we’re not going to enter the latrine without a whiteboard breakdown of the projected Time Domain -Workload equation. After mechanics are sound, we’re ready to increase intensity and destroy any time caps. But it’s not all about quantity, we’re never going to sacrifice quality of work for faster finishing times. Functional fitness may enter the bathroom, and that does not leave a whole lot of room…literally the gear adds up quickly. We all know the only room left is for the competition between who we were yesterday in that bathroom, or 2-4 hours earlier depending on our nitro cold brew intake. There is certainly no room leftover for competition among others in the bathroom (yet..Porcelain Games 2019). So what are we bringing into bathroom for strength and endurance? That’s easy:
heart rate monitor to guide intensity thresholds511 tactical weight vest for load varianceRX movements like the pistol-squatty-potty
As you begin to bring functional fitness into your bathrooms, remember…the bathroom door doesn’t close on community just because the training environment really really precludes group classes. There are plenty of ways we can keep our sense of community while bringing functional fitness into the bathroom. It comes down to communication, talk about it. Get rid of the silent, unfit, instagram checking lavatory sessions that hinder our training life – life training. We’re all in…all up in the bathroom because there is always a place for more training. Life – grab it by the toilet paper. You’re welcome.

8 Training Tools for 2018

“The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.” ~ Bill Bowerman
In addition to the TRUEFORM RUNNER, here are some of our favorite "intelligent" training tools that keep us training better.
1. GVert

wearable movement tracker

Total energy exertedTotal stress of the runStress per splitGPS capabilities to track distance, speed, & and pace
2. Barefoot Science -foot strengthening insoles
increases arch stabilityimproves proprioception (foot-sense)
3. WHOOP – recovery tracker
measures physiological markers for performance readinesscalculates needed recovery
4. Injinji Socks – socks with toe splay
benefits of a sock without any compressive forces on the toes which can impair foot function

thermal layer

skin protection

abrasion preventionmoisture management
5. MinimalShoes – simply put by Vivobarefoot…

the lighter the shoe the less likely movement is impairedthe thinner the shoe the more feet can sense the ground
6. XOSKIN Apparel – highest rate base layer
reduces body heat by decreasing the skin to fabric frictionmoves moisture faster causing the fabric and skin to stay dryer and coolerreduces odor causing bacteria while helping to promote skin wellness with ionic copper technology
aligns toes improving balance and stabilitystrengthens muscles throughout the foot and lower legrestores foot function and relieves foot pain.
8. Your brain
While the TRUEFORM RUNNER and all of these products can significantly improve your performance and training management, none are a substitute for your own intuition. We want to utilize training tools to enable function without becoming dependent on the tool itself for the function. Ideally, at some point all of these tools can be removed, and your own intuition and body will govern performance and training management without any loss of function.
Check out our training videos to learn more!
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