Integrated Strategies for Whole Person Fitness, Episode 4

by Chip Richards |  Date Released : 13 Aug 2011

Following our overview look at the Congruence Wheel in Episode 1, our closer examination of the inner faculties of the mental body in Episode 2, and the cultivation of our emotional outcomes with the emotional body in Episode 3, this episode we will start to bring ourselves and our clients into “external alignment” with these internal visions by taking a look at the role and power of the physical body. This video session will not cover the specifics of exercise science and actual program development in terms of what exercises to do when (there is already truly an abundance of that information here on PTontheNet). This video will instead focus on sharing a few principles of “thematic” program design so that we can be sure that our physical training programs match and contribute to the “inner driving forces” of our clients and athletes. If we have worked with our clients to cultivate a clear mental vision for what they really want and if we have taken time to also clarify and tap into the “emotional outcome” of that vision (what it’s going to feel like when they get there), we have a great opportunity to build great positive energy around both their external and internal goals as we enter the physical training arena. In a very basic sense, I seek to create training sessions that not only support the pathway to the external goal, but also mirror the internal need and emotional desire. For example, if my client’s external goal has an emotional outcome of feeling more “peace and contentment” with themselves (once they have achieved this great goal – i.e. win a medal in a major event), I like to build opportunities within each session for them to tap into and build that end result energy of peace in their body. Through what and how we train together, I am conscious to be working toward the external goal (i.e. winning the medal) as well as experiencing that underlying outcome of peace and contentment (through training outside, weaving in aspects of breath-work, Qi Gong, Yoga, stillness, etc. into whatever else we may be doing). If their external goal requires more trust in self and others, I will explore how best I can create opportunities to expand their sense of trust – with me and themselves – in each session. If their goal requires them to break new thresholds (internally and externally),then every session becomes an opportunity to push through new boundaries on a microcosmic level. In this way we are not postponing our sense of achievement and emotional fulfillment until “someday” when the ultimate goal is achieved. We are instead building daily and weekly rhythms that match the outcome they are ultimately seeking. Every step on the training path becomes a chance to build the overall energy of both the internal and external goal, so that by the time our client fully realizes their vision, it comes as a simple, natural outward expression of who they have actually become! Take some time to explore the thematic energy of your physical training sessions, and stay tuned to the next episode for a look at the overall “energy” of our approach.

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Chip Richards

About the author: Chip Richards

Formerly ranked #1 in the US for Freestyle Skiing, Chip served as head coach of the 1998 Australian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team and has mentored Olympic athletes (including four World Champions) from six nations. For the past 11 years, Chip has taken his passion for coaching into various business and creative industries. Merging ancient wisdom with the "inner science" of transformative change, Chip has guided film makers, musicians, business leaders, adventurers and wellness professionals on their journey of self discovery. In 2005, following eight years as Editor for PTontheNET, Chip founded the 4th Dimension Holistic Life Coach and Leadership program, aimed at empowering individuals to transform their lives. An internationally published writer and storyteller, Chip has published a variety of written works on the subject of human development, consciousness and wellbeing.

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