Originally Posted by nolo
Ric, I don't get it. A champion practices his sport to the exclusion of others. That's how one becomes a champion.
Do you really think every champion practices their respective sport to the exclusion of others? Just look at the posture of the cyclists in the tour de France. Do you really think that these great champions don't accumulate a negative effect from what they practice?
Lets be realistic here. Sure we need to practice to get better, but if "all" we do is practice what will make us better for a particular activity, then there can be a downside and usually is. Is this such a hard concept to accept that we actully need to crosstrain? What I'm trying to say, is that good funtional fitness and symetry is the best foundation for sport specific training, and that if funtional fitness and symetry are neglected, then sport specific performance can very well suffer.
I also think that we do our profession a disservice if all use as a reference is the elite champion. For the rest of us Mortals these issues raise their head all the time. Sit in a chair 8 hours a day and you damn well better do something to compesate for the effect this has on your body. The same goes for swinging a hammer, or skiing or riding a bike.
Elvis Stoiko directcly credits his martial arts training for his skating performance. His trainer wrote a book about their journey. Later, RicB.