The 4 Laws of Training, Another way to Look at our Philosophy

We have been working for the last several month on streamlining our training philosophy. For the last 8 years I have had a chance to begin looking at how to train the human body the way it was intended. We have put up many philosophy posts on this in the past and even though they were some longer posts I tried to really hammer home some of the various points that we feel identify our belief system on how to train.

We looked through everything we talk about from God’s strength progression to us being living adaptive organisms. I could talk for hours or in this case type for thousands of words on this but I realize you would all fall asleep on me. So the guys and I have come up with a new simpler version of explaining the philosophy of our training system.

Technically it is not our training system, my personal belief is that we had a creator and in my opinion that creator was God. I realize however many do not believe that way but you must believe that we were created somehow. In that grand design of how we were created there are a few simple laws that to us dictate everything in regards to how to train the human body.

Here is a brief overview of each law, then for those of you who find it interesting I will dedicate a post to each of the 4 laws individually.

Law #1 – The first law is simple. We were created to be an organism that responds to stimulus. Everything we do in our daily routine is in response to a stimulus. An alarm goes off triggering sound waves that our body interprets and we wake up. Some of us look forward to summer so we can get a tan because the sunlight triggers chemical reaction in the body that changes the color of our skin. Even your heart beat is based upon the stimulus of an electrical impulse. So Law #1 is that our bodies respond to stimulus.

Law #2 – If our bodies respond to stimulus than we can elicit specific responses from our body based upon the type of stimulus we give it. By doing exercise that increases our heart rate and causes enough oxygen debt that we begin to breather harder, we will in turn burn more calories since there will be a higher requirement for fuel sources to keep up with the new demands we are placing on our bodies. So Law #2 simply says that we can elicit specific changes in our bodies by giving it specific stimulus it must respond to.

Law #3 – This is where some training systems begin to miss the boat. The third law is that in regards to training the body for optimum performance the stimulus you give it must be done in a progressive manner. Many trainers or training systems think they do this by using easier exercises than others or a lighter weight to introduce someone to a move. This is true but we think progressive means the amount of demand relative to an individuals current anatomical position is more important. This is the God’s Strength progression I mention earlier. Think of an infant growing through the first 5 years of their life. That is truly the model that is in essence perfect for how to progress the body. It worked for everyone who was ever capable of standing and walking around. So law #3 says that the stimulus we give our bodies must be done in a progressive manner relative to an individuals current level of ability.

Law #4 – The final law is to remind us that the body is designed to at all times operate from the anatomically correct position. The 4 major structural joints of the body (shoulders, hips, knees, ankles) are all designed to be vertically stacked on top of one another and horizontally directly across from the opposing joint. With this the muscles should be able to fully articulate the skeletal system to produce proper, efficient movement. So Law # 4 says that our bodies are designed to be in the anatomically correct position.

This post is getting a little long as well. Like I said I could go on for thousands of words here but i will add to this tomorrow.

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  1. Patty said:

    Well said, Scott. I remember when you taught me these … they make so much sense, and I’ve seen them played out in the people I have trained since then. And the best reward is when someone sees it in their own body and they GET it!

    September 2nd, 2009 at 5:13 pm
  2. Scott said:

    Patty, glad to hear you are finding success using the 4 laws. If you learn to follow them correctly you really cannot go wrong regardless of the goal you have in mind.

    September 6th, 2009 at 9:14 am


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