Built to Last
A CBFer shared a video about an elite college football player rehabbing from a devastating knee injury. One of the reasons she sent it along (in addition to being an inspiring story of grit and determination) is that she noticed many exercises he performs are similar or identical to those we do at CBF – hurdles, agility ladder, pulling a sled (Plough Horses), and multi-directional cone drills.
Why would older adults be doing the same exercises as a college superstar?
Actually, the only real difference between this elite athlete and a CBFer is the purpose of the exercises. In the case of this elite athlete, it’s to recover from and injury. For a CBFer, the purpose of the exercises is to avoid injury by developing resilience.
You’ll find an illuminating discussion about resilience by Jarlo at GMB. Because this site is created by trainers who are experienced gymnasts and martial artists, they have a solid grasp on human movement. We read a lot about exercise, and this article presents a very concise view of what resilience really includes, as well as how you build it. Don’t be put off by their youthful athleticism; the basic principles are the same for people of all ages.
The article defines resilience as “how well your body adapts to and absorbs stresses, especially unusual and unexpected ones…” Injuries happen when something unusual happens – a sudden trip and recovery or need to move sideways quickly or jump up.
Strength, the ability to exert force, plays a role in injury prevention, but resilience is more than that. As Jarlo writes, “resilience is the ability to withstand force.” In other words, your body – bones, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints – are able to function and remain intact in a variety of conditions and positions.
“The higher your resilience, the less likely you are to incur debilitating injuries when something goes wrong,”says Jarlo, “and the better chance you’ll recover well if an unavoidable injury does happen.”
That’s why in every CBF class we train to build agility, coordination, strength, flexibility, and endurance. All of these working in combination result in resilience.
When you become resilient, you’re built to last.