I came up with FITFLO as a way to better articulate my philosophy of training. The acronym describes the purpose of this philosophy, which is to integrate the fundamentals of life optimization to become our best selves. I consider it very important to have a philosophy of training. If I take it a step further, I would say that I find it essential to have a philosophy of life in general. I can’t pinpoint where this idea came from, but when it comes to training, I think it might have been when I first began to study the Nautilus Training Principles. I believe this was the first time that I remember studying principles that made logical sense. Previously I had mostly tried to imitate the training programs of others whom I wanted to emulate.
What does it mean to have a philosophy? When I looked up the definition of philosophy, I discovered that it’s the literal translation from Greek, meaning “love of wisdom.” I would definitely say that I do have a love for learning, especially when it comes to training and life optimization. However, I believe the following explanation of why anyone needs philosophy better suits my interpretation.
Question: Why does anyone need a philosophy?
Answer: “You have no choice about the necessity to integrate your observations, your experiences, your knowledge into abstract ideas, i.e., into principles. Your only choice is whether these principles are true or false, whether they represent your conscious, rational convictions—or a grab-bag of notions snatched at random, whose sources, validity, and consequences you do not know, notions which, more often than not, you would drop like a hot potato if you knew.” (Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It, p. 5)
I realize that not everyone has a philosophy, especially when it comes to training. Even if you do have a philosophy, it may be different from mine. If I am honest, I also realize that this has been a source of frustration over the years. If I have learned one thing from my quest for knowledge, it is that I don’t know everything. However, I do have a lot of experience in what works and doesn’t work, and that has been integrated into “MY” philosophy, which I would like to share and hope you can benefit from.
I have posted on the FITFLO blog several old articles discussing my philosophy of strength. In this next series of articles, I want to try and keep it simple and practical. For me, it is crucial to understand the why behind what you are doing.