The Polymath Exercise ideal is not too far off from the textbook definition of Crossfit:

“CrossFit is promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport, incorporating elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.” -wikipedia

In essence it is a divergent, and all encompassing philosophy. Mastering multiple areas, in the effort of covering every base. (All bases). You could think of it as a more advanced system than the traditional cross fit training. Where they would focus on the common person looking to get stronger using multiple areas; The Polymath approach focuses more on the advanced users, such as the Bioneer, or other highly motivated/skilled individuals.

Even if you are starting out however I highly suggest following the philosophies put forth in this system. After all you might as well start off strong!

How to encompass everything

The Poly in Polymath Means “Much or Many”

Therefore in order to follow a “polymath” approach, we need to follower multiple areas of expertise. The trick to doing this is to not do all of them at once, but to build it up over time. Being polymathic isn’t a hard skill, and for some like myself or Da Vinci it came more naturally. However it is just a way of thinking about progression nothing more.

Progress in your life with one skill, then you have a specialty.

Progress in your life in many areas, then you have polymathy.

Neither is better than the other, just one may be better for YOU.

Understanding yourself is key to not only this ^^^, but to exercise as well. You must look within, and understand how your body works. Understand what you are feeling, for example the other night when exercising I was out of breath. A feeling that I don’t feel too often anymore since I’ve gotten stronger.
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It felt off, but I knew I need to keep going.
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How can you encompass EVERYTHING into your workout? Look Dustin I barely have enough time to go to the gym, let alone get anything else in!
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I hear you, but it may take more time. Both on the day to day experience, but over the long run as well. If you can only spend enough time for a couple philosophy elements. Then it is going to take longer to get to the point of Polymath Exercise. Now you may ask, why should I do it at all?
Firstly, we have as a species developed exercise regimens of all kinds, with some being better than others. I.e. Shaolin training in China for example, or Spartan warriors (it was their society that caused them to be so strong).
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Regardless of what you aim for, whether it is to look good in the mirror, or to compete in a world championship. The actual actions you are taking are the same. Seriously the same, but the AMOUNT of actions change. Which means your training shouldn’t look too much different, but simply at a lower intensity.
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This will be explained more when we talk about the Three Variables of Exercise.

Getting Started

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Power, Strength, Stabilization

These three levels of intensity are what I learned in the personal training book I was reading around the time I got started. When you break down your actions into one of these ideals, then the exercise changes. You could literally do the same movement, but change it enough that it feels completely different.

Fast or Slow?

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Fast

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Slow

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The Three Variables of Exercise

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Swimming is often understood to be as important as walking, and yet a large percentage of the population can’t swim. I’ve been teaching people of all ages how to swim for the better half of a decade, and one thing that stands clear is that it is not as hard as people make it to be.

First you get the concepts mentally, then you physically try, then you physically fail. You have to fail in order to get better. Same as any other skill, but you can diminish the amount of time it takes for that to happen. You CAN fail less, and you CAN learn quicker. Only if you have the right instructor, and due to my experience I would be that person. Now this isn’t to sell you on training with me, there is not enough time in the world to teach everyone a MasterClass. At this point I don’t even have the online course set up yet, but I plan on writing a book (to help you mentally get it), and creating a course to show you how to physically do it. This would encompass everything that I would teach you in person, so that I can reach a much bigger audience of people.

At this point in time I have trained HUNDREDS, if not a thousand people, but through this course that exponentially increase in people I can help.


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Let’s get started!

First and foremost FORGET ABOUT BREATHING, yeah I know you gotta do it, but hold on a second.

Your brain can’t multitask, as much as you think you’re great at it, there is scientific studies that state we are only good at switching tasks. Once you understand that, then it becomes clear you can’t be thinking about swimming and breathing at the same time. As a beginner they ARE mutually exclusive, and you really want to focus on the actual act of swimming.

This part is hard for people because either they listen to me, and fail hard because they are overly eager to swim really far. OR they don’t listen to me and fail because they can’t move anywhere.

Once you learn how to move effectively without breathing, then we can work on breath control and longevity. After that comes learning to breath, which usually a session of lessons last for six times, it usually takes three sessions for people to really wrap their head around that. So the sooner you accept it, the better you will be!

I’ll save some of the information for the blog posts, ebook, and courses; However I will leave you with this today.

In all my years of teaching I have distilled it down to THREE simple steps, that once you’ve mastered you will be better than 80% of the population.

  1. Kick your legs straight.
  2. Face DOWN into the water.
  3. Arms out of the water, Diving back in.

Once you truly get those steps, then you can swim. Do notice how breathing is not in there at all, that is intentional, as breathing is not a part of swimming. It hinders your speed and momentum, and to me is a necessary ADD-ON to swimming. If only we could develop gills!

Hold it right there! To the people who think that “Oh I know this, and this is stupid “, then hold a second.

You need to master these fundamentals to keep a strong momentum, in order for yourself to be able to stay high enough in the water to breath. That is why it is so important.

If you like this section of the Pillar page, then I encourage you to check out the blog posts, and other content as they get released!!