I, Chad Lefler, received my Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science back in 1994 from UNC-Chapel Hill. After training and educating the public for over 15 years, my philosophy of human movement has evolved with the never-ending learning curve of someone exploring their own capabilities, as well as others.
Over the years, using other people's views on exercise and fitness, I personally had SOME results, and my clients had some. However, I was missing something. Hitting the 'machines' for vanity exercises (bicep curls, tricep extensions, leg curls, smith machines, etc.), was the norm, the thing to do. But was it the RIGHT thing to do? I began to ask questions.
The questions became more intense. Was this the best exercise or movement for this person at this particular time? The answer was to ask another question, "is the client feeling or moving better when they walk out the door." I began to put together pieces of what I had learned over the years to check for this criteria, pieces of different modalities such as MAT, TMR, AAT, and FMS among others, that we can measure by movement and mobility. If we can move better daily, weekly, monthly, we are making progress.
Releasing the dogma of workout "prescriptions" and the industry belief that there's only one way to be "right" made me a better trainer. Made me open my eyes to see that one method works sometimes, and not other times; and with some people, but not with other. Keeping an open mind and eye to what is effective that day, with a particular exercise, with a particular person has led to my growth as a trainer...there's more than on way to skin a cat!
This is where Active Concept Training--ACT--comes in to play. The brain is, plainly, built better after exercise, but after exercise that you WANT to do! It is built better with different exercise intensities. For instance, doing steady state 'cardio' on a bike or a run or a rower, helps the brain's neurotransmitters work more efficiently and consistently. Doing hard, intense, short efforts helps the brain's release of hormones that help regulate weight and muscle growth. Both methods help the brain LEARN more efficiently as well!
Now, after reflecting on what is functional or not, we still do vanity exercises, we still do Olympic lifting, we still are intense, still crawl on the floor, and play with ropes and clubs...but only when they are creating good movement and mobility for the client on THAT day!
ACT will help you grow as a person, inside and out. With a little hard work, moderate work, and mobility and/or recovery training, each of us can be better at being what we are meant to be--mobile creatures helping others.