Why we draw from so many different fields of exercise at Range of Motion.
At Range of Motion we draw widely from a huge variety of different exercise styles.
One of the cornerstones of what we do at Range of Motion is our desire to help our clients become well-rounded in their abilities. We’re not interested in building specialists, but in working on weaknesses (because we know this is the best way to improve overall health, fitness and performance). Learn more by reading ‘Why we focus on our weaknesses at Range of Motion‘.
Because different styles of exercise deliver different benefits, it makes sense that we would employ these different styles to ensure the benefits we’re getting are as broad as possible.
There are no athletes on Earth stronger than powerlifters and strongmen, so we learn what we can from these athletes to help us get people strong (athletes and everyday people alike).
The are no athletes on Earth with better aerobic fitness than swimmers, runners, skiers, cyclists and rowers. So it makes sense to borrow from these disciplines to benefit the people we work with.
At Range of Motion we look into the science of these varied training types and take the pieces of each that best suit our purposes, putting aside those pieces that don’t. We combine these pieces into a new picture, and our own brand of fitness and health.
A brand that we believe is the best method of creating balanced and well-rounded health, fitness and performance.
As part of our exercise programming we draw from the sports of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, rowing, power lifting, CrossFit, cycling, calisthenics, track and field athletics, bodybuilding, team sports, skiing, strongman, swimming and many more.
We see these different styles and fields of exercise purely as tools. They are tools that we can use to deliver improved health.
We don’t use each tool for the sake of using it, or to get better at using that tool, but because of the benefit that tool delivers.
We use Olympic Weightlifting not to make our clients better at Olympic Weightlifting (though this happens too), but to make them stronger, more powerful, more agile, more coordinated, and to offer a range of health benefits like increased bone mineral density.
We use the principles employed by track athletes, not because we want to help our clients run 400 metres faster (though this happens too), but to improve their cardiorespiratory endurance which will have knock on effects on their long term health.
We do bodyweight and gymnastics movements, not so our clients can compete in a gymnastics competition, but to help them be able to control the positions of their body, and to improve their strength and stamina relative to their body weight.
We draw from so many different fields of exercise, because we believe that health should be measured by what it is that you’re weakest at, not by what you’re best at. If you have a ‘broken spoke’ on the wagon wheel that is your health, it doesn’t matter how strong every other spoke is, if one spoke breaks, you’ll be stopped in your tracks.
Aside from drawing on lots of different fields of exercise, we also do lots of different movements, and cover lots of different session lengths. You can learn more about this in ‘Why we have so much exercise variety at Range of Motion‘, and ‘Why we do exercise sessions lasting different lengths of time at Range of Motion‘.
A broad approach delivers broad results.
Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology. He has worked with many thousands of individuals along the full spectrum of health, and has coached at The CrossFit Games. He regularly presents to corporate and fitness industry groups and mentors Fitness Professionals.