Wanna be an all star football player?
Got your eyes set on a deadlift record?
Is one of your goals to perform acrobatic exercise like you see on YouTube?

All very solid goals.
Admiral goals.
Goals that take time to achieve.

So, when training with the goal of being an all star football player (or any lofty goal), what’s the first step?

If you’re looking at it from a strength and conditioning perspective, it means starting where you are. It’s who and where you are RIGHT NOW.

And where you are isn’t where you want to be.

Right now, you’re a human with athletic potential who needs to be functionally stronger.

So, knowing this and applying it to your strength program, you probably shouldn’t be copying a pro athlete’s training program. (Honestly, they shouldn’t be doing most of the things they’re doing, so…)

To build something impressive, you’ve got to start with a foundation. Then you build on that solid foundation.

Variations of the carry should be part of base strength training.

Thomas Kempis explained it best when he said “the loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”

This applies to any goal. Before you start specializing in a single movement or exercise or sport, be proficient at being an athletic and well moving human being.

Move in all planes of motion well. Have mobility in the joints that need it. Be stable in the joints that require stability.

Have a good base strength.

All of your basic movement patterns should be on point, including:

1)the squat
2)hip hinge
5)carrying variations

Do these things extraordinarily well. I see circus tricks every day, but I see these patterns done beautifully only rarely.

You’ve got to spend your time EARNING the next level.

And when you’ve earned it, it feels good. You’ll feel strong, and you’ll be better able to avoid injury.

For right now, focus on being a stronger person and a more dynamic athlete. Then take that strength and apply it to your specific goal. I promise you its worth the time to do it right.

It’s your turn. Emerge.

Matt Pirtle MA CSCS