Hey, Warrior! In the following post, you’ll learn about WATS, the Warriors Athletic Training System, and how we utilize a revolutionary, integrated training model to excel your performance to the highest possible level. Read this article if you:
- Want to learn about the Warriors Wanted fitness approach
- Are ready to take your athletic performance to the next level
- Are tired of sub-optimal gains
Note: Our articles are written for all levels of performance and knowledge. The following sections will explain the bolded headline in depth, and will wrap up with a TLDR portion explaining them in laymen’s terms, so that everyone may understand the point offered. If you are having trouble understanding a section, the TLDR portion will explain it without all the fluff. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to comment below!
Traditional strength and conditioning programs focus on strength gains in isolated muscles, primarily utilizing one plane of motion in the given exercise (think of seated barbell bicep curls). This leads to impressive aesthetics, but fails miserably to produce optimal athletic performance. You are developing muscles independently of each other, neglecting the natural movement patterns that produce complete, synergistic, and usable strength. For example:
- Ron can do a seated, isolated, bicep barbell curl with 100 lbs for 8 reps, 3 times
- Ron cannot pick up and carry a 100 lb bag of sand 50 feet to pour for his kids sandbox
Why? Ron has ripped biceps. He should be able to carry that same weighted bag of sand, right? No. Ron has been focusing on traditional weight lifting. His synergistic stabilizer muscles cannot handle the uneven load the sandbag produces, and his weak core musculature cannot stabilize and distribute the heavy load to allow proper walking and movement patterns. As a result of his improper training, Ron hurts himself trying to carry the load. His large prime movers pick up the slack for his weak stabilizer muscles, leading to muscular imbalances and injury. Congrats Ron, you played yourself.
TLDR: Ron has been training his muscles in an inefficient manner. Traditional weight lifting and “gym strength” does NOT translate to true, usable strength. Ron has been focusing on his ‘show’ muscles, and forgot about the small muscles that actually help him to move and control heavy loads properly. As a result, Ron hurts himself and can’t go to work. Ron cant afford food for the table. Ron can’t afford his mortgage. Now Ron is homeless, and has a stinky beard that he stashes cheetos in. Ron needs to switch up his training program to an integrated approach. Ron needs Warriors Wanted.
Okay, so don’t be a Ron. An integrated training program focuses on developing the following:
- Functional Strength – Ability of the neuro-muscular skeletal system to efficiently produce force, reduce force, and stabilize the entire body during functional movement
- Neuromuscular Efficiency – Allows and enhances the central nervous system’s ability to control musculature (including the protagonists, antagonists, stabilizers, and neutralizers), providing optimal movement during athletic performance.
We will accomplish the above by designing programs that include:
- Core work
- Balance training
- Plyometric exercise
- Speed agility and quickness training
- Resistance training
- Metabolic energy system training.
Remember – Real life is complex. Movement and everyday strength requires multiplanar movements (movement forward, backward, diagonally, side to side). If you are an athlete, or partake in any athletic activity (sports, obstacle course racing, running, swimming, triathlons, etc etc etc), this is magnified one hundred fold. Traditional strength training just won’t cut it anymore!
This article was designed to give you an idea of what our fitness methodologies are here at Warriors Wanted. Our following posts will deep dive into training specifics, touching on just about everything discussed above. My goal here is to help you train and develop your body to the highest possible level, all the while avoiding injury and extending your longevity in every aspect of life.
Stick around, we are just getting started!