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 13 years, my philosophy of human movement has evolved with the never-ending learning curve of someone exploring their own capabilities.
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 it wasn't the RIGHT thing to do. Yes you might see SOME results, but what about real world scenarios? Would those exercises be able to help me rescue a drowning victim? Run after my 2 year old in the street? Maybe...but I don't want "maybe."
Eight years ago I started training myself to be able to do those things, with more intense training, olympic lifts, and long bike rides (because I wanted to)! In utilizing these methods, my clients began to see more results as well, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally. I began to do more research.
This is where Active Concept Training--ACT--comes in to play. Play being the operative word! The brain is, plainly, built better after exercise, but after exercise that you WANT to do! It is built better differently 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!
ACT will help you grow as a person, inside and out. With a little hard work, moderate work, and mobility training, each of us can be better at being what we are meant to be--mobile creatures helping others.