Learn more about the athletic explorations approach
athletic explorations focuses on quality movement
In general, to perform rapid movements with the lowest energy consumption, our body preserves speed by keeping a dynamically stabilized motion (e.g. running, hanging traverse, front crawl). This is why contralateral movement patterns occupy a central place in athletic explorations’ movement selection (e.g. stepping, bear crawl, speed vault, rope climbing, one hand throw…).
In order to occasionally overcome some demanding situations, our body gathers strength by employing limbs simultaneously (e.g. standing jump, climb-up, breaststroke). This is why bilateral movement patterns also have an important place in our movement selection (e.g. handstand, inchworm crawl, cat pass, squat lifting, muscle-up, both hands throw…).
In both cases, to be adaptable throughout our exploration, the progression through various movements, our body needs to discover how to achieve flowing movement sequences. This is why immediate self-feedback techniques (e.g. regular steps, slow motion, thumb touches, closed eyes…) are essential to unlock a mindful coordination.
We are devoted to performing and teaching, with utmost quality, all the above mentioned movements and even more in order to be able to progress anywhere: across field or river, on cliff or tree, over parapet or wall, at surface or underwater.
|articulated snake||human 8-track||monkey tree||shallow water||land navigation|
|running||crawling||brachiating||out of pool||balance walking|
|human car push||rolling||climb-up||underwater||rock balancing|
|jumping||vaulting||wall running||front crawl||self-massage|
|lifting||throwing, catching||cooperative overcoming||sculling, eggbeater kick||juggling|
|carrying||handstand||bouldering (also above water)||springboard diving||breathing exercises|
athletic explorations aims at a well-rounded body
Our holistic contrast training system, smartly adapts complexity, volume and intensity. Beside the movement complexity expressed in the previous section, we also consider physical conditioning complexity to be highly important.
Since a muscle can only provide work during contraction, it is optimal that the opposite muscle relaxes, allowing the body to move with the lowest energy consumption. This is why the reciprocal inhibition principle is fundamental to our training system (aka agonist-antagonist). We emphasise applying this principle throughout the various movements of our training sessions to maximise the training effect. To relax even more efficiently, we also employ it towards self-massaging, where we roll ourselves on a plastic bottle (filled up with warm or cold water depending upon the context). Also, we actively rest between exercises by performing light and quick movements such as balancing or juggling, which rejuvenate muscles and stimulate the mind in a short time.
The number of sets and reps are good information, but only if considered with regards to time and length. That is why time under tension (TUT) of muscles and range of motion (ROM) of joints both govern our training system. We alternatively increase TUT and ROM until we achieve muscular endurance (over one minute) through the full ROM. This is why periodization is critical to our training system. We cyclically target upper body, core or legs, incrementing load by using different body positions. As a result, during our physical conditioning, based on bodyweight exercises, we “play with gravity”. We cycle through lowering slowly (for strength), raising fast (for reactivity) and in between quickly holding the lowest and highest positions respectively (for mobility).
Throughout, we regularly target cardiovascular endurance by performing movements that utilise both upper and lower body or we rapidly alternate through movements (aka interval training) to achieve a similar effect.
For the more advanced æxplorers, we have select high performance training methods to boost explosiveness (such as switching immediately from landing to takeoff or from maximal strength to maximal speed) and maximal strength (progressions to unilateral bodyweight exercises).
We are dedicated to carefully sharing the above described principle and methods according to the needs of each participant, whether physical or mental. Our ability to convey technical theories with easy to follow demonstrations will ensure you effortlessly retain the important details.
We are primarily interested to inspire a lifelong interest and confidence in how to move towards becoming healthier, both mentally and physically.
Besides the more technical approaches outlined in the above sections, we see the state of flow as a supportive aspiration. We will introduce how you can achieve it in your daily life, including at work to enhance your motivation and mental state of well-being.
Where your body needs to adapt, it requires a nurturing environment, and therefore we will introduce you to how to choose meals to ensure they taste great and support staying or becoming leaner.
Also, we suggest that you discover the value of continuing your practice amidst a similarly interested group. This encourages you to increase your exploration range and expand your vision towards better recognising your incredible opportunities.
We encourage you to share, with your friends and family, your newly acquired abilities. Together, you will create even more collaborative and fleeting trails for playing and training.
We encourage you to develop an explorative mindset, becoming inquisitive towards what awaits just around your corner and find yourself switching away from your working day to your playful freedom, faster and more completely.
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