Today’s community episode is a quick glimpse of how we apply the principles of our system to even esoteric-fringe sports like stand-up paddling. The movement/physiologic principles of the body are applicable to any position or sport. Why do we hammer foot position and not collapsing your ankles on silly exercises like box jumps and double-unders? Because moving well is moving well. What’s the point of learning how to screw your feet into the ground when you squat if you don’t also do it in actual sports? That flexed upper back that is wrecking your over-head shoulder positioning? Well, it’s ruining your paddling too. That’s one of the reasons we do all of this complicated exercising. It’s up to us to connect the dots. Oh, remember when Greg Glassman said we should go out and learn new sports all the time? Well, one of the reasons is because that a new sport gives you a chance to apply the principles of human movement to a new platform. Around our gym, one of the ways we define the “best athlete” is the kid that can pick up the new skill the fastest. Take what you know, map it onto a new sport, and don’t forget what you already know and are good at.