"Maximize sport and life performance with four basic movements"
Simply put, the title says it all. Learning and practicing proper movement in every aspect of daily life should be a goal for all of us. It certainly is for me, all the more as I age.
Forget about being good at doing things inside the gym; who really cares? I want to garden, walk the dog, maintain my home, feel and look good, and yeah, kick ass in the gym. I want it all. free+style will help me with my wishes.
Carl Paoli, a gymnastic legend in the CrossFit world courtesy gymnasticsWOD.com and a massive YouTube presence, also wants everyone to move and live as well as possible. Carl wants readers to understand how the human body is designed to move through space. Sounds basic, but my long experience in the gym (and frankly, watching people everywhere) has taught me many people have no clue how to stand straight, much less propel themselves across the earth.
As a coach and trainer, helping people learn how to move and control themselves is paramount when teaching exercise. Paoli is a master at this. In this book, and interviews I’ve read and listened to, he consistently talks about how he is working to help people with life, not with sport-specific goals. I doubt Carl Paoli is hoping reading free+style will lower anyone’s Fran time!
This gigantic, heavy, 430-page work breaks movement down to four basic bodyweight movements. Consider this a manual, a guide. Here’s an indication of how much depth Paoli goes into. It’s not until page 98 that the first of the four movements comes in for intensive coverage. When he gets started, you’ll feel the detail and cues essential to learning.
In free+style, everything is broken down to the pistol, handstand push-up, muscle-up and burpee. Don’t be alarmed if the thought of a muscle-up progression sounds scary; Paoli doesn’t expect all his readers to be performing that gymnastic move. Forty pages of variations and progressions are involved just in that section; the simple pull-up is part of this category, for example.
Those initial 98 pages cover everything related to positioning and moving with purpose. Controlling one’s movement is huge, of course, and covered in detail. Progressions are always involved. Carl is up-front with his philosophies about life and movement; they are intertwined.
Carl Paoli’s free+style is the second invaluable life guide (in and out of the gym) published in the past year or so. Kelly Starrett wrote the first one, and guess who penned the introduction to free+style? Yes, the Supple Leopard himself. Part of me thinks Paoli is now my life coach.
I fully realize my review is rambling and non-specific, but this book is immense and takes a bunch of effort to assimilate and put to use. I’m only touching upon the coolness and value I assign to Carl Paoli’s free+style in this write-up. You’ll have to invest in a copy for yourself. Read free+style, absorb his words, soak up his experience, practice the progressions, and improve your life, in and outside of the gym.
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