One Tool, One Purpose, no cavemen involved…


At the moment I am approaching each practice session with one tool. And it is liberating. Today it’s the sandbag. Why? Because it makes me think every step of the way. One tool, one purpose. It is also redifining simplicity in training for me. And it is hard work. Real work. It’s challenging and for someone of my disposition, fun. The temptation to try this or that, to be distracted by this method or that gadget, gone. There is no re-inventing the wheel, there is a whole lot of re-packaging going on however.

We will surely come up with novel ways to do the same things we have done for millenia. Infact there is an entire industry springing up around some fictive “lifestyle” our ancestors lived.

It’s called evolution for a reason.

Just because some folk decided they would rather eat cake and watch TV does not mean the rest of us have to put on animal skins and eat raw meat (or Paleo pizza whatever the hell that is) just to prove a point. And while I am on the subject, Modern Paleo is an oxymoron. Don’t get me wrong the premise was interesting, the idea was novel. Meanwhile back in the real world…

…whether it’s a single kettlebell, sandbag, pair of dumbbells or simply the hardest of all, bodyweight training, it’s all about movement.

There is a place, I am sure, for PB’s PR’s, waves and periodisation and cycles, a time for competition and performance or whatever else you might care to add. For now, every day is practice. Every day is movement. Every day is a surprise. We are made to move. Get on with it.

About the author

I am a movement maverick, exploring beginner's mind and beginner's body through mobility, bodyweight training, breathwork, mindfulness, kettlebells and martial arts, focussing on self care, pain free movement and resilience. Find suggestions to get you moving over at Want to move with ease and imagination? For individual or group instruction please contact me.

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