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Otium and Dynamis

Hell0 my friends,

You may not know this but I graduated from the University of Toronto NOT with a kinesiology degree, but with a BA in Philosophy and Classical History.

This post will be one of the few philosophically oriented ones you will find on this Blog.



Otium (latin)


Dynamis  (Greek)

These Ancient terms use to be used to describe one’s life.

They may seem like polar opposites at first, but upon closer inspection the clever reader will notice that they are inevitably linked, like Yin and Yang.


  • Defined as a certain type of leisure in which the cultivation of one’s virtues and positive attributes is what takes up the majority of the time.
  • The participant of OTIUM necessarily finds enjoyment and thus derives pleasure from these actions.



  • Defined as a more or less a continuously sustained physical and mental effort which leads to the attainment of one’s goal.
  • The achievement of one’s goals comes not necessarily through fate or will, but more specifically through HARD WORK.



To the ancient noble men of Greece and Rome leisure WAS hard work.

Back then, the belief system of the aristocratic was described as Virtue Ethics.

That is, they believed in the cultivation of ones virtues – not just ‘ethical’/mental virtues but physical virtues too.

The athletic trainer has been around ever since there has been Sport (i.e. the first Olympic games in 776BC) and before that there was the physical trainer of soldiers of War.

That means Physical Trainers of one sort of another have been around for as long as there have been civilization.

in Ancient Greece and Rome, even the most humble city would have a government sanctioned gymnasiums. And it is in these gymnasiums (at least in Athens) where the philosopher Socrates would engage pupils in some mental gymnastics.

That is to say, not only did the ancients train there bodies AND their minds – they enjoyed doing it!

And if you think about it – War, Gymnastics and talking Philosophy with Socrates was all really hard work.

Yes some ran from war, and yes some shied from speaking their mind to Socrates, but those that did are those whose names lasted through eternity.


Read the histories of famous individuals, model yourself after their good qualities and learn to act as they did in times of need and distress.

So, prepare to work, and work HARD, on those things that you know will make yourself better, and one day you will find that you enjoy this work because of the progress you have made.

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Recovery and Corrective Procedures

Hello My Friends!

Today’s Post is about Recovery:

Physical recovery and

Movement recovery – via Corrective Movement Strategy

Everyday Recovery Procedures

6-9 hours post workout recovery window:

(your recovery procedures are maximized within this time period after training)

  1. hydrotherapy; cold/hot baths
    – 30s cold / 60s hot x 10
  2. vibration
    – ‘fast and loose’
    – trampoline or gentle jumping
  3. massage
    – get a professional or a loved one
    – self directed via foam rolling and other mobility tools
  4. Corrective Strategy aka: mobility work
    – see below





  • based on scores from a Functional Movement Screen. ( message us here to get your screen!)
  • a good practitioner of the FMS will be able to prescribe you a set of exercises that will provide instantaneous improvement
  • however, these movements MUST be practiced constantly for about 3 months in order to automate them.

Daily procedure: 2 or 3 sets through out the day, 5 or so easy but perfectly executed reps.

  • Change up the exercises every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain progress.
  • Must complete every rep, every time
  • Must not cause fatigue or soreness
  • A well chosen corrective done daily in the style of massed practice will have greater movement/physical benefits than most other protocols;

    Check out Pavel’s Grease the Groove (GTG) Protocol on the StrongFirst website

    • GTG is one of THE BEST ways of getting better at any movement


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