Pictured: The Stage 6 team right after taking 6th place overall out of over 60 teams in a Spartan Race having done no specific training whatsoever. How? By training mutha-flippin adaptability, that's how.
Welcome to another edition of 'But Why? Wednesday'. This week we answer the question "Why do you always yap on about the importance of training adaptability?"
Ultimately, the reason why we focus on adaptability (and you should to) is because it makes you a more capable human being. And being more capable should be the focus of everyone's training - from stay-at-home mum to professional athlete. By training adaptability, you become better at learning and trying new things. The more new skills and knowledge you acquire, the more confident you become in your ability to face the unknown. The more confidence you have in your ability to face the unknown, the more secure you become within yourself. Essentially, being adaptable is the difference between looking like a badass and actually being a badass.
While the traditional fitness industry has made billions from encouraging people to focus on superficial insecurities, the reason ALL people originally start going to gyms is to become a more capable human.
If you surveyed gym goers I'm sure you would get lots of reasons for why they go. Reasons like weight loss, muscle gains, strength gains, fitness gains, confidence gains etc. (wait, should I have spelled it "GAINZ"?). If you go a little deeper though, there's a reason behind the reasons. People want those things because they want the freedom to do more with their life, to be better prepared for life and to be better at LIFE. Nobody jumps on a treadmill to get better at walking on treadmills, they jump on treadmills because they actually want to get better at walking elsewhere. People train at gyms so they can perform better during a game, keep up with the kids, get outdoors more, travel, hike, wear less clothes in public, get more matches on Tinder. Whatever the reason is, it's about their capabilities or success in life, not the gym. Nobody starts going to a gym because they want to get better at going to a gym.
So ask yourself, does your current trainer/training actually do anything to make you more adaptable and capable as a human or is it just about getting you to come back to the gym? Do you work on skill development or do you just do things that will "break a sweat" and get you "in shape"? Is your training actually "functional" or is that just another way of saying "bloody difficult for the sake of being difficult"? If it is "functional" what is it's function? Is it practically applicable? Do you learn and practice how to apply your training in multiple ways?
If you train just to look good, you're only getting a fraction of the benefit. Train to be useful, train to be prepared, train to be formidable. Adaptability is the key.
I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favourite songs (ever!) 'Express Yourself' by Charles Wright -
"It's not what you look like when you're doin' what you're doin,
it's what you're doin' when you're doin' what it looks like you're doin'...