Module 4- parque p(ROGUE)rams

parque pROGUErams

 

We have covered significant terrain to this point. First, from the wide angle of awakening “inner” strength and channeling self-perception, then we expanded on the five motivations that give rise to exercise and introduced the EFQ, and we have just explored numerous “super” exercises, fitness experiences of a “higher order” based on the EFQ. Here, we come to our practical component, which is where the rubber meets the road, the first of many pROGUErams. It is the ”What do we do now?” section of this tutorial.

 

When you step outside the gym, you are presented with open spaces or fenced off boundaries. This can feel quite broad or spread out upon a first take, which leads us to our second “commandment”, if you will. After 1) get a bike, is 2) locate your nearest neighborhood park, one that has a base set of features. You should be close to a multi-faceted neighborhood park facilitated with the basic equipment that we will need for our pROGUEram, if not an elementary or high school level school yard accessible for after-hours recreation (some are locked up, so be forewarned).

 

In this module we set out to create the essential park routine. It is a simple construction of components: A) play B) train and C) run. It is as leisurely, or aggressively paced as one devotes energy to it. It may be a formidable workout, or dulled and slowed down to fit the needs of each person. Let’s examine what this describes.

 

All that has come before this- imagining and pontificating on natural fitness- comes now to an immediate, grounded “game plan”. These so-called super exercises are not accessible all the time or every day, although it is highly encouraged that we try to pattern our lives around normalizing these amazingly normal feats of fitness as much as possible and make them more tangible. But, for the moment, we must normalize a simple fitness routine. We must create an immediate, local, highly accessible “gym” away from the gym. This will become, at once, our training base and our playground. This fenced in enclosure or open expanse will supplant the indoor gym, giving us versatility where we stake our virtual gym. Now we are introducing an engaging exercise format that is yours to translate and convert directly into a regularly scheduled habit of life.

 

Here are the three parts:

 

#1: Have a ball, a simple ball game. This game should be applicable not only as a multi-player, but as a single-person interaction; we will not expect our partner(s) to always be there to reciprocate our intentions and “play” with us. This game will provide the loosening/warming up as we ease into a relaxing free-form ball play to get the blood pumping, the skin tempered. Gradually, the “free-styling” will become more focused and intense. This “game” will connect the strength and speed training that are the essential components of these “parque pROGUErams” (please excuse the conspicuous linguistics I have drawn up to articulate the Frenchy, Parcour foundations of this renegade circuit training) and will bring those intense aspects of running and lifting back to a moderate, controlled tempo or at least a sporadic rhythm rather than a constant pounding. You will find the ferocity of focused breathing and focused movements required for sprints and pullups downgraded into an easier exertion through the relaxed reactivity of a playful ball game.

 

Bouncing balls, catching balls, juggling balls, shooting balls into hoops, kicking balls off a wall, playing racquetball are all ball games and are the type of reactive and responsive games we are directing our attention toward here. A ball should become our constant partner. We will use it to create a dynamic flow of energy that should be less a continuous pounding and more irregular and spontaneous in nature. The game is greatly improved when you have a “return” wall that keeps the ball contained and coming back to you.

 

I will use my own “preferred” game to illustrate the kind of game we’re talking about here. I play basketball at the local outdoor court, aka I shoot hoops, but I’m really not just “shooting around”. I provoke the rhythmic bouncing and the interpretive interplay between my ball and I. I unload a stream of projections that bounce in or out as the rim either denies my attempts with a dull clang or accepts them with a gracious “swish” through the net. There is an open-endedness to playing with the ball in this way as the rim and net provide an endless source of affirmation, the ball bouncing off the ground into our palms like a rubber ball on a paddle, or an untethered boxing bag, on and on and on…

 

I’ll take it a step further and broaden the form of this ball play, kicking the b-ball around like soccer and bounce it off my head, juggle it off my toes and my fingertips and conduct spins and ricochets off the backboard to conduct the ball itself into a feverish sweat, whilst I chase and retrieve rebounds. It is a “shoot-around” with a higher intensification to get into a “zone” (i.e. making a series of shots in a row or ONE crazy circus shot). I shoot freely and then sometimes in an organized pattern, tracking the ball with short sprints and stops that create a controlled chaos of rhythmic movement.

 

Sometimes the ball goes in and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the ball drops through like a rainbow’s teardrop, the Midas touch gracing every delivery as you glide around the court and sometimes the rim and the backboard conspire to not only refuse your supplications, but seem to express indignation at your impetuous fallibility, spitting back your earnest bricks at oblique angles suggesting its derisive disdain. Sometimes, it just ain’t your day, so you learn to roll with the punches- an important lesson on it’s own.

 

More heavily slanted toward basketball obviously, but translated as often as possible into soccer-ese, this exercise is a hybrid of several games in one. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, and racquetball all fit keenly into this mind/body exercise with a response and a reward mechanism built in. The backboard creates a wall, which the ball bounces off of, creating all kinds of feedback, and the rim provides a virtual hi-five when you sink a shot, that sweet and sensuous swish. This ball through the rim, the net, the swish, the gratification of a simple ball-through-ring exercise requiring whole body coordination makes basketball the one sport in the world that has this type of optimal, interactive one-person advantage. All you need is a ball and a hoop and there’s usually one right down the street from where you live.

 

This is my game- possibly a 28 on the EFQ- and I am happy to refer you to my YouTube compilation of these “shoot-arounds”, but we are not limited to my game only. These games we create may be as simple as bouncing a soccer ball or tennis ball off the wall, or dribbling through cones, or as innovative as we dare (imagine Tron meets Ultimate Frisbee with a boomerang). Sometimes we need to see an innovative playing surface that will set us off in the right direction imagining the possibilities and then vigorously putting the concept into application.

 

This “game” may not be for you or deriving a game like what we are describing may not be readily apparent. Certainly many games that have a call-and-response mechanism are made possible, and more interactive, with another person like toss or catch, tennis, or soccer, but it should not be our ONLY modality with which any of these games can be played. We should strive to discern our own individualized routine. These routines we develop in isolation will become the quieting hours when we channel our fire and fully engage the arms and legs of our working body. This, I would not hesitate to say, is like a spiritual experience, a ritualized dance in a sense, and so we should at least be comfortable without company.

 

I highly encourage this program in the park to be an individualized experience to augment the intimately personal relationship one should have to their park gym or natural environment. I do, however, understand the restrictions, as I have mentioned, on ball play with one person and also regard the safety of women and children and everyone else, for that matter, alone in the park exercising, as greatly improved with numbers; nothing wrong with a good old “buddy system”.

 

This ball play portion of the pROGUEram is not an end all. If you are not comfortable with kicking a ball around or bouncing it off a wall as I am describing you will still experience a creative and vigorous training with the other two components of the program. It is not necessary to produce the overall effect of positive stress, but really acts as a buffer for the intensity of the lifting and running and is a baseline activity for staying active yet not overly vigorous between these two parts so as to keep from cooling down.

 

#2 Strength and flexibility becomes our first objective once we have regained sufficient stamina and energy levels to be able to even make it THROUGH a routine. Strength training is foundational to the overall program and is the most liable to foundering into numbing repetition, like you’re working a graveyard shift. This portion will consist of bringing muscles together rather than singling them out. This concept of togetherness will be seen marginally in the dynamic movements of the particular exercises and even more in the creative flow from the three sections of strength training A) pushing to B) pulling to C) core exercises and then in the transition from 1) ball play, 2) strength training and 3) free running back to ball play again in the overall pROGUEram, and so on.

 

We are concerned with three aspects of our mechanical body, which I designate for Pushing, Pulling, and Core-focused exercises. It should be apparent what is a “pulling” exercise, what is a “pushing” exercise and then also what are “core” exercises. And if not, it will become clear as we go through them..

 

The pushing exercise is the pushup, hands down (pun intended). It is a super exercise because of its supreme accessibility and exertion as with running. You can do it virtually anywhere and unlike running, you don’t need a lot of space, or even a special place, you can do it in any small, confined space. A pushup is ready on demand. It is the first and foremost prison exercise for good reason. And the pushup is easily modified with benches and walls to change the angle of the push from effortless upright pushes, against the wall, and downward into an aggressive vertical press, from the ground. The pushup engages the chest, shoulders, arms (triceps mostly) and also the core for stabilizing.

 

There are innumerable motion modifications of the pushup, some of which might increase the range of motion for this laborious exercise giving it a more creative “swing” and engaging more than just the chest and the shoulders and increase the strength of the accompanying joints and tendons. Rocking motions are useful in spreading out the stress on the joints and the muscles and should not be misconstrued as undisciplined or “girly”. Even if they are what is called a “cheater” motion to assist the muscle being emphasized, they are still pushing the motion into play, so to speak, and are valuable.

 

Don’t be so vigilant in maintaining form that, like any exercise, your body stiffens up and does not channel its focused energy into the push. It is more important that we create fluid, connective body movements that positively impact our bodies. There are many versions of the all-mighty pushup and they all should be freely used in our pROGUEram to offset the monotony of a pushup’s up and down clockwork.

 

Pull-ups, as the pulling mechanics, are as versatile as the pushup, with angles that can vary from horizontal to vertical supporting a wide range of engagements with the back and the arms. The pulling might not seem as readily accessible as the pushup at the local park, but there is ALWAYS something, however askew or marginally accessible, at the park or schoolyard- a three-step pull-up bar or the monkey bars is ideal, but not always available. There should be something suitable to work with and manipulate to produce the pulling motions of which we will be concerned. This is where creativity is indispensable for abstracting exercises.

 

The pull-up is the counteraction to the pushup and engages the muscles that work in reverse from the chest and the shoulders, meaning the upper back- mostly- and the biceps as a stabilizing supportive muscle. The traditional overhand, wide-grip, behind-the-back pull-up is the bear of them all, but these pulling motions can be modified, much like the pushup, according to grip position, leveraging our own weight and using rocking or swinging motions to create positive inertia. The angle of the pull can be hung, so as to create spinal tension, on a vertical line directed at the upper back (the latissimus dorsi, the swimmer’s muscle) or more horizontally with a (hanging) rower’s motion that connects with the lower-upper back and the biceps as they naturally “curl” in this way. The latter is difficult to mimic in a minimal recreation area, but if you have anything like monkey bars, it is performed by hanging with an overhand grip with your horizontal body hooked in at your feet and pulling your body toward the bars. It is strenuous as it calls on the core and other supportive muscles to hold your body in this way. (It is worthy to note, before we move onto it, the core accompanies most exercise in at least stabilizing the body and balancing out the parts.)

 

The core is the most supportive muscular network contributing immeasurably to the posture and power of our physique. The abdominal muscle that is usually viewed as the dominant characteristic of that infamous belly region and may be buried for the better part of our lives under a mound of unflappable obesity, is flanked by the obliques, the serratus and a network of other layers and cross-cutting muscles. The abdomen, which counteracts, generally, with the back (mostly the lower back), is critical in the balance and strength of the spine and key to postural uprightness, not to mention acting as a first defense- a shield, if you will- to all your vital organs.

 

These muscles are also responsible in the aggressive, twisting motion used in boxing and moderately exerted while running. They transfer power between the upper and lower body and are engaged in an almost continuous manner, whether you know it or not. Ever sneeze with an abdominal tear? Try laughing the day after you do 1000 crunches. Yeah, it’ll be enough to cause you seize up in acute agony. Your core is always mildly- or aggressively- flexed and engaged.

 

The core is where all of our fitness begins. It is not merely an agent in promoting counterbalance and body tension, but, when compromised, may interfere with motions as mundane as bending over to pick something up or tie our shoes or degrade the efficacy of our bodies to run at great distance. It is an extremely critical interchange for muscular distribution, but also carries the short-term and long-term stores of food and fat, which are especially impactful on our ability to do various tasks and effects our energy.

 

The stomach- at the center of our core- is where our food goes to sit while it is broken down and readied to digest, making this region of our bodies so influential in our overall energy level. It would seem deductive that food, as an energy source, would stimulate our bodies into activity and physical exertion, however, the opposite effect seems to prevail, that we are made tired and unmotivated while the stomach is filled. This could certainly be tied to the types and amounts of foods we are eating so we must be made sensitive to our unconscious eating habits because those will undermine all of your exercise ambition. It cannot be overstated how important a role the core plays in our overall fitness and so I will move on to the core exercises, leaving this discussion for another day.

 

Core exercises have always been associated with the grandfather of all back-breakers, the sit-up. It is not without a sense of reverence and admiration that we will put this antiquated exercise in the attic with the rest of the compact, “easy-to-fold” and pack for traveling, “as seen on TV”, springy exercise gimmicks that have been discarded over the years. Instead of sit-ups we will think of crunches and leg-raises to challenge these abductors. I will excuse myself from enumerating and describing the wide range of core exercises because they are copious and have many variants.

 

It will suffice to say that a towel or mat goes a long way toward improving the experience. A thin separation from the dirt, grass, or sand is a sensible buffer for remaining relatively clean (sweat notwithstanding) and will smooth out some of the smaller aberrations, the twigs and pebbles, invariably strewn over the ground.

 

In addition to supine crunches and leg raises and scissors and the like I encourage hanging crunches or knee bends as a variant. The suspension seems less conflicting on the lower back helping to stretch the spine as well, although, for some, these hanging crunches may be quite difficult without- or even with- a rocking motion. A simple twisting motion with any kind of resistance- or none- can be very effective in engaging the obliques. Again, there are many techniques using body-resistance that will be quite effective, requiring no further sophistications, just the spaciousness of the outdoors.

 

That completes the tri-pronged system of strength training: push, pull, core. Easy. The concept becomes more effective as the parts are brought together more fluidly and dynamically. You should experience muscular “roll over” from one exercise to the next. For instance, pushups will affect the chest and shoulders directly and then pull-ups will cause a reverse contraction with less stress on these same areas while engaging the back and the arms directly. Crunches will affect these upper body muscles as they will used to stabilize or balance with the weight of the legs. There are multiple methods that may be employed to cross-train effectively and minimize “down time” between sets. (I have several techniques that can be discussed later.)

 

The idea is to not just to do 5 sets of pushups, 5 sets of pull-ups and then 5 sets of sit-ups. You should try mingling them together, for example, one set of each at a time (i.e. one set of pushups into one set of pull-ups into one set of leg-raises, and doing THIS circuit five times) so you are never bored with the redundant labor of the same exercise done five sets in a row.

 

As for me: First, I’ll warm up with the shoot-around- 10 to 15 minutes- and then do three sets each of the pushing, pulling and core exercise in a rotation and then run once around the yard. Next, I return to a fast-paced shoot-around, come back to this same rotation (push, pull, core) with two sets of each. Run (twice around this time), and complete the descent with one set of each in a rapid manner, and THEN finish with a “hail mary” shoot-around. If I’m feeling feisty, I might fit in another, maybe longer, run to cap it off.

 

This variety can be manipulated according to however you might feel- longer runs, for instance, or one set each (push, pull, core) to start and ENDING on three in the same rotation. It should NEVER stay the same and cause boredom and disconnectedness with the movement. Once you are detached from the movements you are just “going through the motions” as they say. We must stay mindful to not relax into complacency.

 

Some days you will come charged and focused and on those days you may feel an almost invincible force of nature brooding in you. Then other days you might just need to “get through” the routine without throwing in the towel after the first set, or throwing UP before the last.

 

As we explore the school or play grounds for functional equipment, there will immediately appear to be gaps in the types of lifts or just plain ol’ inconveniences to creating aggressive muscle tension in the outdoors that we may have felt like we were surrounded with in the gym. I never said this would feel effortless or easy. This natural fitness pROGUEram will demand MORE of you to not only perceive and design your exercises through unconventional means, but then to own it and “perform” these motions, and not in a clumsy, unfocused kind of way, but skillfully, meaning these motions will become less and less awkward and more controlled and focused with time and practice.

 

Nothing we will be doing will require special equipment; these are commonplace lifting motions. These are fundamental exercise archetypes because of their everyday functionality attending us in so many ordinary chores throughout the day (i.e. bending over, putting a box on an overhead shelf, or walking up the stairs).

We are engaging the muscles that are “regularly” called upon to empower us and increase our energy level and not to produce abnormal muscle through abnormal training.

 

[Note to the reader: If we can’t create a motion with natural, available means, then we should not seek unnatural, unavailable means to create nonfunctional muscle. More plainly, if a muscle is not readily accessible to resistance that muscle has little utility in our actual world.]

 

The vertical neck muscles (the splenius cervicis and the splenius capitis), above the trapezius, for instance, are difficult muscles to engage unless you have special equipment or are regularly working or competing in such a way as to abnormally stress this region primarily responsible for holding our head erect. Therefore, the utility, or functionality of a stronger neck is of little value because we do not need our neck in the majority of our heavy lifting or any of our normal functions like carrying grocery bags or picking up a child, unless their on our shoulders AROUND our neck. A stronger neck, however, might be advantageous to a wrestler or football player where the neck is called into action regularly, but we are not specializing our training for a specific sport like these athletes.

 

The muscle and strength we will develop through these basic exercises are of abundant usefulness in our daily operations and will come in handy in emergency situations as well. It is an exercise regimen for the “everyman” who seeks to extend his (good) years to the end, for the wounded soldier who fights through intense rehabilitation and needs a safe refuge to train and the athlete that is habitually competing… with himself. This is not an exercise program whose priority is mirror-satisfaction. We will NOT base our fitness on looking “hot” or feeling “huge”. Our fitness is geared around usefulness. If your prerogative is to cosmetically enhance yourself, then maybe the gym is where you should be.

 

#3. Running, the all-purpose exercise, completes the circuit. In my opinion, it seems ignorant to take such a noble movement, one that we share with the majority of the natural kingdom, and relegate it to a stationary machine planted in front of a TV soap opera. Running is intended to flourish in the open expanse of the great outdoors lead by the compass of our imagination. Boxing it in to a device affording little space and less room for foot-placement is contradictive to the free-range modalities to which our lives are ascending.

 

The ability to see a changing panorama and react to the scenery, explore the nooks and crannies, the alleys and corridors that motorized vehicles are restricted from and sometimes even bikes, and maneuver freely in a world that is perpendicularly designed but omnidirectionally created is the greatest attribute of moving in nature.

Instead of considering running as “running around the block”, on a level concrete path, we will promote the concept of “freerunning” to enhance this explorative and creative aspect of running.

 

Freerunning stems from the French principles of Parcour that challenge a practitioner to overcome or circumvent obstacles in an urban setting by channeling fluid body movement to traverse the multi-dimensional terrain through engaging and creative, body- coordinated movements. While Parcour often showboats with the more insane and fantastic gymnastic flipping and jumping- dare-devil stunts, building to building- there is a pragmatic relevance to the more grounded fitness of freerunning that takes from the same jumping, tumbling and climbing components and weaves them into a creative “trace” through the urban concrete..

 

More dramatically these “obstacles” will be used to create “special effects” that will disrupt the linear direction and unilateral surfaces. Some ways that I have devised breaks, or fitness “special effects”, in my run are hurdling swings, climbing and flipping over a backstop and jumping and doing a half pull-up on a soccer goal or monkey-crawling along the center bar. There are all kinds of ways these effects can be produced, but the simpler the better as we get started. Jumping over a bench or some railing, running slalom through a patch of trees or bushes, or vaulting a low branch in a tree or even a low or high wall, whatever is available, are appropriate starters.

 

In essence, the freerun is a virtual obstacle course that may induce walking, jogging, and/or sprinting. The running portion of this three-part pROGUEram is, therefore, open to interpretation and, depending on whether you’re a short or long-distance runner, of if you run at all, this will be designed personally to fit your profile. The running component may just be walking or even changed to cycling or swimming if these are readily available, but if you have the physical constitution to run, I highly encourage this practice because of its ambient versatility. Do not run without purpose or creative nuance, these will elevate the body’s temperance and resilience to withstanding the constant pounding.

 

This concludes the three parts of the “parque pROGUEram”. The ball game is a playful interaction that lubricates the body into the more aggressive aspects of the training and acts as a baseline of energetic movement for stimulating the entire body. The strength training is a three-pronged regimen to engage the functional muscles of our upper body through pushing, pulling and core exercises. The freerun is a creative run-around that seeks to disrupt the linear monotony with obstacles that challenge more than just our legs to overcome.

 

We are not a fitness model of isolation, but of flow and connection. By this departure we are holistic in channeling greater correspondence in our body and uplifting the experience of our body in meditated, and playful motion. This exercise program is predicated on muscle confusion and interconnection complemented between these muscle groups.

 

The “parque pROGUEram” is unique to the outdoor training scheme. The pieces we are fitting together will reshape the way we view fitness and the means by which we obtain it. In addition to having a local park which we can call “our gym” and having a bike to physically convey us to locations that shouldn’t call for a car, we have espoused the virtues of “super exercises” and demonstrated the resource of the EFQ, which will enable us to focus on those activities that have greater relevance to us.

 

There is still more that is conceivable in our homes, our garage, backyard or porch, when weather becomes too inclement for even OUR adventurous spirits to confront. I, for one, am deterred by certain major catastrophes: hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, but besides that I’d never refrain from the awesome theater that is nature in all of its myriad faces. There is something so exciting and visceral about a run through the rain; something about the wet, messiness of it that takes you to another level for tactile satisfaction and experiential fervor (and maybe I’m speaking for myself here). It’s like kissing in the rain; running in the rain drastically improves upon the act of running, arresting us in the power of the moment. Nevertheless, a home routine that you can do in the comfort of your own home is still an important auxiliary to the modalities of fitness that are beyond the gym and geared more for the outdoors.

 

For your home or apartment you don’t need a lot of serious heavy equipment and you certainly don’t need one of those monster, all-purpose machine gyms that that don’t fit ANYWHERE inside even a normal-sized, suburban house. You don’t need anything, but a mat to start.

 

When you’re ready to upgrade, begin with an exercise ball and then add a pair of (moderately heavy) dumbbells. These are minimal investments and can store out of the way and are indispensible to the diy gym at home. There are numerous exercises you can perform with these two additions, but, again, creativity and body control are all we really need for an effective workout.

 

As we continue to explore new destinations to train we will refine our process for “breaking a sweat” and “getting in the zone” and devise new ways to upgrade the difficulty level. We will grow stronger and will need to recognize when our body is stagnating and increase the stress being laid on it. The body is an amazingly resilient piece of fleshy machinery and will respond to the challenge and, if it is not challenged, will relax into a cruise control that will leave you apathetic and uninspired. An important method to subverting this laxity is to constantly vary your workouts, make them fresh and fun, which alternating parks or schools, and alternating the pROGUErams within them, may play a dramatic role in resolving.

 

You will keep discovering new places to workout, new parks, new cities. The sky is the limit and the hope is we will cast our eyes upward more often and behold the marvelous wonder that sweeps over us, elastic and vast. It will not always be a poetic experience, we all have our imbalances and mood cycles, deadlines and work-related stress that will inevitably creep into our thoughts and distract us from our body connection and universal permanence and give us uneasiness. These are our reality and it is our responsibility to reinforce our inner strength and temperance to smooth out the rougher aspects of this “adult” reality. Engaging in intense movements a la playful recreation is intuitively our first resource for rewiring some of the gridlocked networks in our psychology.

 

Strenuous exercise should be our first course of action in confronting depression and regaining equanimity and purpose. It might be the most aggressive way to reduce the complications of a wide-range of diseases and greatly reduce the onset of senility’s grim afflictions. It might be the best way for us to interact with our children as they scurry further and faster away from us, instead of opening up our smartphones and turning off to our youth. It may be the last way we can recover our bodies that are slipping away from us through old age or lack of maintenance.

 

Strenuous exercise and conscious nutrition are the surest form of medicine in countering imbalance and ailments before they overwhelm us instead of after. The larger community of medicine seems more concerned with the outbreaks, and not with building more robust and sustainable communities to withstand the onset of disease and infirmity.

 

Strenuous exercise is NOT the same at the gym as it is outdoors. For all the benefits we have listed we must plainly recognize the advantage of the world of non-membership, free-range, come rain or shine, all hours fitness compared to the exclusion and insulation of the corporate-model gym warehouse. We are partaking in the greater recreative model of nature, the infinite warmth and sunlight of the sun casting our shadow, longer or shorter if it’s early or late. We are participants to a broader “stage of life” an outdoor arena to which we are also beholden to a nobler experience of ourselves, an opportunity for introspection as we recharge our bodily functions, restoring the original organic technology that we are made of.

 

This will mean making an investment in yourself, which requires time and energy, but significantly less than was expended at the gym, with hopefully better results. These “results” will look more like “pleasurable activity” and not “six-pack abs”. The six-pack may result from our natural exercise, but our interest is more in the experiential quality of the exercise and the energetic arc of the routine, than particular anatomical beatifications because the former will lead to authentic, sustainable exercise habits.

 

It is YOUR body, YOUR world that you’re investing in and the dividends will not be immediate. You will go through phases. You will be a “Strainer” at first as you get your bearings and your routine together. Then you will become a “Terrainer” as you become experienced enough to do it anywhere, with several modes of fitness training that are part of your daily life and are beginning to share your experience with others. And then after you have mastered these aspects of your personalized fitness you will ascend into a higher order where you would be considered a “Terrainmaker”, one who sees fitness opportunities all around them. The world will begin to appear as one, large playground, inviting you to explore and play and you will take childish delight in being an architect of green fitness.

 

Until then, break a sweat, not a leg or a toe. You’ll need those.

 

March Forth!

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