Recently someone suggested I listen to a weightlifting podcast, which isn’t usually where my interests lie. In the podcast I was introduced to Julien Pineau, who works with top athletes when they are injured, or have reached a plateau. Julien’s philosophy in working with the human body is to follow sound principles. He often mentions this quote:
“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
Julien suggests strength and power come from maximizing four base components; (1) optimal functional movement patterns, (2) flexibility in all planes, (3) using both types of muscle contraction, and (4) efficiency in utilizing both types of energy systems (aerobic & anaerobic).
When these four bases are optimized, his athletes find they heal chronic injuries, or get past barriers they once thought were their limit.
How does this relate to healing and overall health? Julien has very sound principles for robust physical health. What are the principles for robust Emotional Health, Mental Health and Spiritual Health? Can using sound principles in all areas of your life lead you to go beyond previous barriers? I will discuss this in future newsletters.