What’s the point of having a fast and beautiful car like a Ferrari if you can’t control the speed, direction, or gears? The same question can be asked of athletes and individuals who desire physical power but don’t work on their foundation first. Peak fitness is about more than size, speed and strength. Sure those things add to the package, how can you build your house without the foundation of balance, flexibility, and function?
But don’t athletes have to be bigger, faster, and stronger? Generally yes. But without the foundation, size, speed and explosion can be detrimental and not beneficial.
When you watch Adrian Peterson, Jamal Charles or LeBron James move past a defender, these athletes are doing so much more than just changing direction. You are also watching deceleration, acceleration and balance in action. The greatest athletes are able to slow down, balance and then change direction in the blink of an eye.
Sports require the ability to twist, turn and contort the body in ways that defy gravity. Without proper flexibility, muscles will tear, tendons will rip and ligaments will give out.
This is the mix of balance and flexibility. Function allows one to move the body in all planes of motion (forward/backwards, side to side and twists/turns). It takes balance and flexibility to have proper function.
Balance, flexibility and function are the secret formula for athletes and those looking to get in great shape! What’s a Ferrari without brakes? What’s an athlete who can run a 4.3 but can’t properly slow down? Totaled? Maybe.
For some comedic relief, check out this YouTube clip of Eddie Griffin test driving and totaling a Ferrari Enzo.