This is one of those philosophical statements with layers of meaning.
The obvious one can be “finish your workout”, or finish what you started, even if not in fitness.
The more subtle one has to do with The Natural Method and what Hébert calls a complete session, a session that addresses fundamental movements as well as functional exercises. Mobility, strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, agility, coordination, dexterity, harmonious and balanced muscular development, as well as breath work.
Even if they were included in the Functional Exercises portion of his book, and the reason I chose to release those chapters as standalone books, swimming and combative techniques (self-defense, boxing, wrestling) are complete sessions.
By issuing a call to action to “complete” session, I invite you to explore how you can make a training session include all of the elements to, well, make it “complete” (forgive the redundancy).
A good example because I intend on expanding the work to other disciplines or activities, can be surfing.
It’s not hard to break down the activity and see that it is a complete sport, and see how obvious it is:
- Balance stimulation (vestibular and visual systems).
- Aquatic training.
- Environmental resilience.
- Fundamental arm positions.
- Fundamental leg positions.
- Strength training.
- Support work.
- Core work.
- Rescue ability (you are connected to a floatation device that can served to aid you or someone in distress).
- Cardiovascular endurance.
- Multiplanar movement.
- Harmonious development of the muscles.
- Corrective exercise elements.
- (BONUS): developing the skill of reading elements like water movements (waves, tides, currents), wind patterns and how to adapt to a constantly shifting environment.
One could argue that there is nothing natural about surfing: we do not possess the appendages to glide standing up on the surface of water, and have to resort to man-made devices which also are shaped out of various materials to fulfill the ability to, well, surf the waves, and paddle into them before that. By the way, all those points above can be chapters for The Natural Method: Surfing. And it doesn’t have to stop here, obviously. I’ll go as far as I can with what I know, but I also am recruiting others to complete the collection for the aspects I don’t know.
But so is weight training: we use tools to improve what we have.
So, we use the laws of Nature, physics, our physiology and we don’t even think about how all those systems interconnect: the visual, vestibular, muscular etc. Our reflexes are constantly stimulated and repetition is what makes us better and we get to play and have fun.
Natural, in the end, to me at least, means: what comes naturally over time. Key is in the last 2 words: what may not seem natural at first will with rote. So, cross your right middle finger over your index and slap it on your left palm and go do that. Then, once you’re up on that board and riding that wave, close your fist, extend your thumb and pinky, and do a little propeller move with your wrist.