Today I have an article for you from my friend Max Shank.
The Progressive Calisthenics Cert I attended recently was actually held at Max’s gym, and I also spent some time and learned from him last year as well when he held and led the RKC II at his facility.
Max is a super knowledgeable dude, and he walks the walk for SURE. You can see a few pics of him doing some CRAZY feats of athleticism on his website at the link below.
Enjoy today’s article!
And check out Max’s website and training program, called “Ultimate Athleticism“, HERE.
Building the Ultimate Athlete
by Max Shank, author, Ultimate Athleticism
Athleticism is a well contested idea. Many people have their own opinion of what is important, and even more so how to acquire athleticism.
Some folks would argue that speed makes an athlete.
Others will say strength.
A few will say flexibility.
Many would argue that endurance is the ultimate.
The truth is that you need to acquire all of these traits to become the Ultimate Athlete, but the order in which you acquire these traits may be the most important
piece of the puzzle that most people are missing.
In order to become a highly functioning athletic machine you must first lay a solid foundation of movement quality. This is comprised of your flexibility and
coordination. It MUST be acquired first or you will be laying other traits on top of a faulty system. Think shooting a cannon from a canoe.
The next trait is strength. Once a person is moving optimally it is time to simply load up those movements with weights or by using leverage. This continues to
strengthen connective tissues, making the athlete more resilient.
The next trait is speed. It is generally unsafe to move at high speeds if one has not first laid a solid foundation of movement quality and strength underneath it.
Moving at high speeds is one of the hallmarks of an excellent athlete and, with the prerequisites listed above, can be achieved safely and improved quickly.
The last, but not least important trait is endurance. Endurance is generally the easiest trait to acquire and improve (or lose) in the shortest amount of time. It,
along with speed, are the most damaging if done without a solid foundation of movement and strength.
Let the pyramid be your guide. Focus on laying a solid foundation and building from the bottom up. You will be rewarded with speed and strength that never quit and a
body capable of withstanding any stressors that can be thrown at it.
- Max Shank
Author, Ultimate Athleticism
While others make getting strong and athletic complicated, Max boils it down to a few simple drills and then provides a ton of progressions and regressions for each.
It includes Over 200 pages of exercises, program design, workouts and more. This book is a must have for any strength enthusiast. Learn more at the link below: