The Pursuit of Optimization

Written by: Paul DeAngelis

One of the most remarkable parts of traveling is the fact that wherever I go, it’s always the same! Everyone always needs similar things, since our bodies really aren’t all that different; mobility, strength, and above all else, consistency. The people I meet with have goals that are almost identical to those of my other clients, even though their fitness levels vary: they are looking to get better, and to be better. I’m there to tell them how to do that.

Wherever I go when traveling, I bring the truth with me. It’s the same philosophy I use in my everyday life, and at Total Balance; the factor that changes is intensity.

The seminars I present are broken down into 6 components:

1.)    Biomechanics: I show the group how to move efficiently.

2.)    Injury Prevention: Even elite athletes can get hurt doing what they do best!

3.)    Nutrition: You have to know how to fuel properly. For example, there are some major nutritional differences between people who focus on power sports, those who focus on endurance, and a regular gym-goer.

4.)    Health vs. Performance: Your end goal will determine how you train. If you’re looking to get healthier, you’re not going to be moving the same way as someone who wants to improve performance specifically.

5.)    Programming: This section describes what the clients goals are, how they should be moving, when they can move up in intensity, and emphasizes consistency.

6.)    Practical Training: This is where I get people moving, so they can see how all of the information I present to them has an affect on their movements!

The most satisfying part? Seeing how people improve afterwards. Even after a single day of teaching, the before and after videos are always incredible!

The reason I travel is the pursuit of optimization; I want to make myself better, and I want to make what I do better. If I feel I can improve something, I’m relentless in my pursuit. My goal is to be at my personal best, so I can bring all that energy and skill to the clients at Total Balance. Everyone has areas they want to improve. The only thing that changes is the physical location!