Friday, January 21, 2011

Are You Free to Move?

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Is CST for Me?

Updated 2 May 2013

Whether CST is for you is a question you have to ask yourself. What i am going to do now is present to you why CST is for me in terms of its theories and principles (not in any particular order of merit):

1) Integrated

In which other system can you find bodybuilders and yoga coexist together in harmony? There could be other systems which integrate multiple disciplines together, but i don't know another one in the same manner as in CST. In CST unloaded joint mobility, bodyweight movements and manipulating an external object are one and the same. They are variations of one another. One cannot exist without the other. Movement is movement.

Why should there be a distinction between movements of various disciplines? In the end what moves is still the same human body.

2) Explicit

This is the only system i have came across which makes its principles very explicit. So explicit that it can become a route memorization of certain terms, examples are: the 5 Levels of Breath, Intuitive Training Protocols, 7 Key Components etc.

While it is true that these ideas are not unique to CST - other systems also have them in place, whether using different terminologies and/or explanations - it has never been presented to me in such a succinct manner.

Due to their explicitness and succinct explanations, these principles tend to get remembered more easily. Leading to a greater understanding as i go through my personal practice.

3) Simple to understand (but not simplistic)

The theories of CST are presented with easy to understand language. CST materials are not presented like academic textbooks with lots of jargons and complex unpronouncible words. You still do need time to digest the concepts of what is presented, but the language is simple and understandable by anyone who is fluent in English language. There could be some new vocabularies presented but they are usually presented with succinct explanations.

4) Deep

Having said about the simplicity of presentation, the ideas in CST are deep, very deep. Most of the concepts are not widely known or practiced in the fitness industry (including the medical professions, alternative medicine and rehab professions), much less amongst the general public.

This is one of the biggest reasons why i find it great value to study CST. There are layers upon layers of understanding in CST. As you continue your personal practice and learning from other in the CST community, there is always new and deeper revelations of what you "think" you have understood before.

5) Applicability

CST is applicable to any fitness goals. Some would go even further to say that CST principles can be applied to any goals in life. As mentioned in point #1, there could be two people with seemingly opposite fitness goals like strength and mobility, yet they both could be doing the same system. Both are the sides of the same coin.

What fitness goals can CST be applied to? Fat loss, check. Muscle building, check. Strength training, check. Functional training, check. And too many more to list.

Alright, that's it for now. Stay tuned for the next installment in the featured article series on the practical side of applying CST to your fitness program.

Check out the comprehensive manual in Primal Stress on the theory of CST: