Smart Body, Strong Mind
"The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. A person's personality can be described by his or her comfort zones. Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security. Like inertia, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that zone without stepping outside of it. To step outside their comfort zone, a person must experiment with new and different behaviours, and then experience the new and different responses that occur within their environment." Wikipedia excerpt on Comfort zone.
What's your physical comfort zone, and what boundaries have you created for yourself to operate within? For most people, they are too comfortable working within their flexibility and mobility constraints while continuing to invest in strength, skill, and speed to create the same unfounded sense of security in their performance. Maybe it's time to step outside of your comfort zone: work on some splits, then experience the new and different responses with an improved range of motion. Build a smart body, develop a strong mind.
This week's progression we work on some dynamic stretching with some middle splits: