Bruce Lee is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the martial arts community. Along with his influence on the martial arts, his innovative training style has greatly influenced our training at FASST Performance. Even though we do not teach the martial arts, many of his concepts have transcended into the athlete performance world. Here are few of his teaching philosophies that have been utilized at FASST Performance:
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Keeping it simple and working on the basics has been a staple of our program since we began in 2002. It is easy to get caught up with all the latest fitness fads and fancy equipment but when we look at overall athlete performance, it really comes down to simple movements that are done with a high degree of skill. We will never add exercises or drills just to do them. We only do what has been proven to be effective and work for mastery. Whether it is strength gain, speed development, skill acquisition, or getting the body composition you are looking for, it is integral to eliminate the unessential and work on the key components necessary for excellence. Our workouts are normally only an hour because we cover flexibility, speed, agility, and power in segmented bursts. Whereas some facilities will spend hours doing exercises just to say they spend hours in the gym, we are focused on hammering out the essentials and doing them with high tempo.
Do not divide
“Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”
In training it is very easy to get caught up in using only one method and comparing who is right and wrong. As far as one method being superior or inferior, we like to look at which method is most appropriate dependent on our athletes age, development level, sport, and training goals. We have found that almost every methodology that we are aware of has been utilized in some shape or form throughout our years of training. By being flexible and adaptable, we are able to keep our training exciting and our athletes continuously make strides toward their athletic goals.
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
When I first entered coaching I was seeking to form a style that was unique. I often met coaches who were great guys outside of practice but when they walked into the gym or onto the field, they changed. I thought about all the coaches who I encountered and what motivated me. I recalled the hard ass, the teacher, the communicator, and the pacifist. I thought about myself and tailored my method around myself. I thought that it would be better to be myself than try to imitate someone else. I find that by being myself I am able to stay true to my philosophy and the athletes always know what to expect. Sometimes I may not be the most politically correct, the easiest person to deal with, or the most sensitive, but at the end of the day…..it is what it is!!!
Because of this approach, I think that I’m able to be more confident and sure of my training program. We don’t like fluff or smoke and mirrors. Our objectives are simple…..Do whatever it takes to get to where we want to be. Push yourself to the limit, aim big, and make it happen. That is our credo at FASST and it has been for almost a decade. Whatever you choose in life as an athlete, leader, teacher, business leader, or person, develop your own signature and master it. Be the best you and kick some ass!!!!