It's almost been three years since our last post on this blog, how crazy is that!
In this time, the general philosophy of Kinsei-Do Functional Fitness, the principles of balance and holistic training methods that we believe in, has not changed, but our training methods have adapted.
Firstly, as coach and founder Johannes has increased his knowledge and experience with functional training, including getting certified as a Level 1 Trainer in the functional fitness method out there, we have come to realize that it may be possible to keep progressing and build exceptional allround fitness with bodyweight exercises alone, however it is in many ways safer, more effective and more fun to include loaded functional movements as well.
Secondly, circumstances outside of our control and specific to our location, namely the appallingly poor air quality in Jakarta, have moved us to the conclusion that we cannot in good conscience advocate frequent strenuous exercise outdoors. We want to make you healthier, stronger, fitter and extend your life, not contribute to the opposite!
(If you are fortunate enough to live in a country with excellent air quality and good weather, there is nothing wrong with training outdoors, in fact it is strongly recommended!).
How have our methods changed?
As alluded to above, we now incorporate many of the principles of CrossFit, and base our class workouts and overarching programming on many of these principles. We still of course regard all of our Five Pillars of Fitness as equally important, which is why you will find a section of every class dedicated to mobility and flexibility work. Strength, Power, Endurance and to a degree even Speed, Agility, Balance and Coordination are trained under (relative) intensity, as doing so has proven itself to be the most promising path to success.
Secondly, our classes are now more focused and specialised, meaning we no longer try to train every aspect of fitness in a single session. Instead, you will find a class that is dedicated to helping you move better and get stronger (Fundamentals), a class that lets you unleash all the awesomeness of your body's abilities (Gymnastics/Calisthenics) as well as classes that allow you to just get after it, sweat it out and have a smashing time (All Levels and Conditioning).
In upcoming posts, we will elaborate further on what makes each class special, why you should - if optimal health and performance is your objective - attend all of them wherever possible, and how we program each class as well as overarching phases and cycles to help YOU be the most awesome version of yourself!
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