MTOD #4: Train Like A Scientist. Move Like An Artist.


This MTOD is more about perspective, but in the following days, we’ll dig into the nitty gritty of just HOW to train like a scientist and move like an artist.

I coined this phrase yesterday as I was taking a stroll. Although to be honest, it felt like it was given to me by a muse, more than something I created. But it really sums up my perspective on the issue.

Anyway, let’s unpack this a little bit.

What’s the difference between training and movement?

Here are a few that stick out to me:

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  • Quantifiable
  • Scientific
  • Inefficient as possible
  • Progress is clear and easy to track. Point A to Point B
  • Uses specific protocols and methods
  • More about outcome
  • Solving predictable motor problems
  • Easy to progressively overload[/su_box]

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  • Hard or impossible to quantify
  • Artistic
  • Efficient as possible
  • Progress is hard to track. It’s more of a winding journey
  • Uses PRINCIPLES; not necessarily exact methods
  • More about “feel” and embodiment
  • Solving varied and complex motor problems
  • Harder to progressively overload[/su_box]

In other words, make your training hard, but your movement easy.

Now, these lists are not some sort of absolute truth. They’re more of a work in progress as my thinking unfolds.

Over the next couple days, I’ll be talking about the methods you need to train like a scientist, and the principles you need to move like an artist. Stay tuned.

What do you have to add? What differences do you see between training and movement?

Train like a scientist. Move like an artist. 

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