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Xvest Training: Part I



Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Training Articles
By John Davies | Feb 22, 2007



Throughout history, man has been fascinated with longevity, eternal youth and the embodiment of physical perfection. From ancient writings to 16th century explorer Ponce de Leon's search for the fountain of youth to today's cosmetic surgery and gene research the public's insatiable desire for "physical" perfection has been relentless. And with this obsessive fascination increasing, the lengths that people will go to have equally changed. Arguably the most peculiar paradox of this era is that the appreciation of natural beauty, the parallel maturation of the body and mind, has all but eroded in our culture. The sensuality of time is now all but an extinct vestige from another era. In a perplexing manner, athletic pursuits have paralleled this unbridled obsession. Whilst the public clamors for its confused, emaciated image of the perfect body, while leaving the fruits of an educated mind to rest, it lustfully pushes itself toward a myriad of complex and potentially life-threatening surgeries. Mirroring this, the modern athlete of today now chooses the path of least resistance, or more appropriately begs and hunts for the short-cuts that are not there. In today's world, athletes and coaches alike have been throwing societies into a downward spiral of looking for that "one thing". And yet that one-thing is simply -- the whole thing. In a time when self-proclaimed "experts" will readily hand out quick-fix solutions, I will not tell you that this is easy work. I will not tell you that you will handle this easily. Instead I will tell you that you are about to embark on a tough and rigorous training agenda. You are about to be challenged and pushed beyond your expectations and in the end you will appreciate the great journey. True athletic accomplishments come from the development of the solid formation of generalized and diverse athletic abilities. It will serve you like a foundation of proverbial bricks and mortars, an impenetrable structure on which all future development can be built. The failure of most exercise programs (or let's say a common omission) is simply the first step and the possession of overriding themes and concepts of training. Training is not simply done to train but to teach the body to move in the manner it was meant to. Muscular development occurs vis-a-vis the purposeful teaching of the proper bio-mechanical co-ordination of movement. In line with the Renegade concepts of training, this extends to the management of stabilization as it pertains to the withstanding, propelling and re-directing of force with joint and core strength and ensuring proper postural alignment. Therefore as we cut through the complexities of training we see that the "core" of expertise lies in the central concern of proper postural alignment and core strength. While numbers are chased in weight rooms for either athletic or aesthetic reasons, the route to do so is through the establishment (or more aptly put, the perfection) of postural alignment. Teaching the body to work in the most efficient manner it was meant to and eliminating imbalances in strength and range of motion. However in the modern gym facility, in lieu of more challenging weight-bearing movements that will impact upon the core, range of motion and postural alignment, the exercise enthusiast and the athlete alike have been sold quick-fix solutions. These "solutions," in a peculiar twist of fate, are in fact leading to a myriad of problems, injuries and unattained performance goals. Yet this is what makes the Xvest such an extraordinary and rare exercise tool. It is not a technical skill to be learnt or even debated but a medium for increasing weight-bearing loads on the core in both active exercise or passive wearing. By re-enforcing proper movement with the use of the Xvest you are unequivocally strengthening the core in the most direct and simple manner possible and improving total body performance, without the need to develop technical skills. Perfect movement, trained perfectly for perfect results.



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