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Fundamental Principles

Posted by The Coach on October 28th, 2010

In life there are fundamental principles in everything we do. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear of the latest and greatest fitness craze, technique or piece of equipment or hear the ads on the radio for the latest product to pay off your mortgage 10 times faster.

Be very wary of anyone who says they have a new fundamental principle. You can have updated and revised principles for today, but never new ones. Fundamental principles are ageless, classic things that have been around as long as we have, often longer.

Looking at fitness, let’s take the squat. Back squat, front squat, Overhead squat, whatever. It’s a squat. This movement was not invented by anyone. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a caveman who wandered up to the fire, squatted down and said to all the other cavemen, “Hey guys, check this out. This is a squat. Get your weight on your heels, push your hips back, maintain your lumbar curve” They just did it and we’ve been doing it for thousands of years. The Cell runs Fundamental sessions for all new members. Did we create the movements coached in our Fundamentals? No. We just utilise movements that have been around for hundreds and thousands of years. Why? Because they work. That’s why they’ve been around for hundreds and thousands of years. Makes sense right?

The same goes for the fundamental principles of personal finance. There’s three ways to pay off your mortgage faster. 1) Get a lower interest rate, 2) pay more money or 3) both. Not much else to it. There’s a whole bunch of fancy ways to go about doing that, but in the end, it boils down to three basic, fundamental principles. (BTW-that is in no-way intended as financial advice 🙂 ) You can use this same argument for pretty much everything in life despite all the books, websites and marketing guru’s out there telling you otherwise. There are fundamental principles and then there’s bullshit. Don’t fall for bullshit rolled in glitter.

Many people get confused with when they should train, what training they should do, how long should they do it for, what they should eat and in the end, they do nothing. They suffer from paralysis by analysis. Here’s a fundamental principle of training. You don’t get any fitter by thinking about training. Stop thinking and do something! Take action! Get out there and move. Run and squat. Row and do push ups. It’s very easy to create a workout, anywhere, anytime.

I’m often asked, when should I train? Here’s another fundamental principle. Train whenever you can! Don’t wait for the perfect time. The perfect time is now!

What should you eat? Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, has made this really simple with his prescription for nutrition; Eat Meat & Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds, Some Fruit, Little Starch and No Sugar. How simple is that! That prescription contains the fundamentals for nutrition that will increase your health and improve your performance. Did Greg Glassman create those fundamentals? Not at all. He just put them into an easy to understand and remember prescription.

Stop looking for the magic bullet or the latest idea to help you achieve your goals. They are all there and have been for longer than all of us. The interesting thing is that the fundamental principles are easy to do. Problem is, to quote business philosopher, Jim Rohn, “the things that are easy to do are also easy not to do.” Don’t be that guy. Don’t be the person who doesn’t do the easy things and is sitting there in 10 years time wishing you had.

Stick to the fundamental principles and take action.

Jase

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