This is a form of general training and conditioning used to improve strength, speed, endurance, flexibility and skill. It’s completely non-specific. Instead, it encourages lots of big, functional movements that use universal motor recruitment patterns and improve work capacity – the amount of training you can complete (recover from) and adapt positively to.

It might sound complex, but as usual it’s not. It’s basically a training programme that encourages you to squat, lunge, climb, press and throw as much as possible, as often as possible. All before you begin any specialist forms of training.

By doing this, you improve your quality of movement, enhance your body’s ability to handle greater workloads and prevent any imbalances.

Source: The World’s Fittest Book, by Ross Edgley

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