Many things have changed in our education system in the last few decades. New technologies have become available, new scientific principles have to be taught as the world outside pushes the boundaries of human knowledge. Manned space flight, probes to the very edges of the galaxy and dives into the deepest ocean trenches have all turned what we thought we knew on its head.
So you might be surprised to see how much of the source material for The Perfect Method’s curriculum comes from as far back as the 1960’s. With so many advances in even the materials used in sports, surely the world of athletics doesn’t have to rely on such old school ideas?
Here’s the thing: The human body hasn’t changed. The way the body is meant to eat and move and think for optimal performance hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
That’s why we call it The Perfect Method, because there is a best way. Technology and other scientific advances help us to teach it, to understand deficiencies and difficulties, and to know how to make them right.
For example, we now know far more about the effect of nutrition on performance, and we can measure it. Sophisticated new technologies allow us to quickly analyze missing macro- and micronutrients which may be holding an athlete back. Individualized nutritional testing and advice is now possible on a mass scale the way it wasn’t when Carl was a young athlete or even competing professionally.
While we still rely on Newton’s 300 year old explanations of gravity and forces in physics, modern science allows us to measure an athlete’s optimal biomechanical patterns by the use of video and sensors on key parts of the body. Performances can be repeated and compared to other measurements: time, speed, recovery time.
All of this feeds into the comprehensive training program you’ll find here.
Which leads us to the way we think. Over the last few decades, researchers have studied world champions, amateur and elite athletes, as well as regular members of the population. We now have access to in-depth data which give clear lessons on how to develop a winning mindset: for sport, and for life. Focus and resilience are key components, and like everything else in our curriculum, these can be learned.
Whether you’re training in order to beat world records, or want to run for fun, injury-free, the principles of how to run, nourish and motivate yourself are old school, classic truths. Combine them with cutting edge, modern tools to measure where you need the most help, and then track your success, and you have a perfect blend of old and new.