The stronger you are, the harder you are to kill. However, the myth of “the bigger they are” is as far-fetched from reality as possible – training across specific sets of movements and exercises simply for overall gains isn’t the right way to build a fighting fit body.
One of the most common mistakes in the fitness industry is the reverse-engineering of the human body; instead of our body developing to answer our most common movement needs, people now move to sculpt their bodies into their perceived ideal versions of themselves.
This attitude has hurt us a lot, as our bodies and muscles aren’t meant to be isolated. The human body works like a chain – as we are one holistic unit – and requires healthy, consistent forms of movement and training that supports it.
Self-defence and Krav Maga training focuses on the active and intelligent use of the resources available to deliver the strongest impact. This means utilising your whole body in a consistent engaged manner over periods of time, rather than training specific muscle groups in limited ranges of motion on an irregular basis.
Training intelligently, in a smart, correct and conscious manner, creates not just a healthy, strong body but also one that looks the part – our order of importance is as follows:
We should train first and foremost to maintain and improve our health, to eliminate pain and repair injury, and create a body that’s resistant to injury – a ‘bulletproof body’. You can be the strongest person on earth, but if every time you punch you sprain your wrist, you are fragile.
Then, we should focus on obtaining freedom of movement, being able to move as we please and even push ourselves to be able to move in ways we never thought before – we need to create a body that doesn’t hinder our moving needs, but supports them, allowing us to move as we please, when we please, how we please. Lifting 200kg is a great feat, but if you can’t pull yourself up and over objects, you are static and limited in your range of strength.
Thirdly, we should focus on creating holistic strength, well-rounded conditioning and a holistically fit body – we should be able to move not just ourselves, but the world around us. We should be able to exert our energy without tiring quickly, and we should be able to have bursts of explosive action at will, for as long a period as possible.
And lastly, we should have ‘functional strength and conditioning’; the ability to function at our desired field in the best way possible. Each field has different demands, whether you’re a builder, a fighter, a dancer or an office worker – each has physical demands, and, after achieving the previous elements, can focus on more mission specific goals.