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MadLab “Code For Fitness”

Our “Code for Fitness” is: you have a coach for life, a focus on fundamentals, training, and hybrid memberships. Also, general paleo/zone/clean eating 80 to 90% of the time; play a sport at least once a week; try a new sport once a year; get out and enjoy nature at least once a week; and embark on a new adventure at least once a year. And you do this  “Code for Fitness” 2-3 times per week.

Functional Movements

Functional movements are generally core to extremity movements that mimic movement patterns you’d see in life. Getting off the toilet is just a squat. Picking up a suitcase is a deadlift. Putting a box onto the top shelf is a press. The stronger and more efficient you become at doing functional movements in the gym means the stronger and more efficient you’ll become at getting through your day. From grocery shopping to walking up stairs, our goal is to help make your life easier.

Much of what is required to master functional movements often involves learning proper movement patterns. This brings me to our second key to our code for fitness: Mobility and stability. Some people are limited by their flexibility or mobility, meaning the range of motion around a particular joint, while others are hyper-mobile and lack stability. To help you with your mobility and stability deficiencies, youll spend time each day doing accessory workusually pre-workout activation, and post-workout recovery drills aimed to iron out your strength and mobility imbalances to get you moving more effectively.

Top Ten - Skill Development

Improving your 10 general physical skillsstrength, speed, power, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, stamina coordination, accuracy, agility and balanceoften means youre require you learn technical skills. From gymnastics movements, like pull-ups, push-ups, handstand push-ups and muscle-ups, to power lifting and Olympic weightlifting movements like the clean and the snatch, skill development is the third key to our code for fitness. The more skills youre able to masteror even reach an intermediate levelthe more skills youll have to transfer to your day-to-day life.

Mix It Up - Variation

The fourth key to our code is variability: Variable movements, which we already talked about, as well as varying intensity and energy pathways.

Intensity is basically the same thing as power. Power is defined as force multiplied by distance, divided by time. The faster and stronger you become, the more powerful you become, meaning the more intensity youre able to put forth. The more intensity youre able to apply, the more fit you are.

That being said, there are some other things to note about intensity. For one, its important to develop good mechanicsskill development first. Then, once youve learned a new skill, you need to develop consistency with that skill before you can add intensity.

And even when you have mastered mechanics and consistency, this doesnt meant everyday has to be the hardest workout of your life. In fact, if youre finishing every workout in a steaming pile of vomit and sweat youre probably doing something wrong. As we like to say around here that everyday isnt a test day.

Pick your battles with intensity. Some days we want you to focus on skill and accessory work. Other days are about strength. And some daysmaybe once a weekwe want you to test yourself in order to measure your fitness progress.

Our Domains - Energy Pathways

We will measure your progress in workouts that test all sorts of time domains. In other words, all three different energy pathways. The first pathway is the phosphagen system. This system uses creatine phosphate to generate energy. Your body cant stay in this system very long. It usually lasts about 1 to 30 seconds. Workouts that fall into this system would be things like a one rep max clean and jerk or a 100-meter sprint.

The second pathway is the anaerobic glycolysis. Like the phosphagen pathway, it doesnt require oxygen. It uses the energy contained in glucose and lasts between about 30 seconds and three minutes. A workout that would test this system might be a 500-meter row or a workout like Fran21, 15, 9 thrusters and pull-upsif youre fit enough to get it done under three minutes.

The final energy pathway is your aerobic system. This pathway requires oxygen and is the system your body goes into during any workout that lasts longer than a couple minutes.

Have Fun - Measuring Progress

Measuring your progress is one of the most important aspects of what we do. Watching yourself improve is whats going to keep you coming back for more. This brings me to the final key to the code for fitness: Gamify fitness. Make a game out of it! 

Whether youre competing in an in-house competition with three teammates, or youre competing against your best Fran time, we want you to know your numbers. Theres nothing more personally rewarding than knowing you can lift more weight or run faster than you could a year ago. Watching a 50-year-old woman get her first pull-up is any coachs dream.