At Momentous, we emphasize the importance of the three fundamental pillars of physical performance: performance, recovery, and optimization. Each pillar is crucial to unleashing your potential, and today, we're turning our focus to the first: Performance.
Performance is about being able to excel in various tasks and activities. It's about improving key physical attributes—like cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance, flexibility, agility, and coordination—to boost your energy levels, productivity, and overall life performance.
As we delve deeper into the performance pillar, we've had the privilege to converse with Momentous partner and world-renowned exercise physiologist Dr. Andy Galpin. His insights have enriched our understanding of performance and inspired us to shape our holistic approach to physical performance. This partnership reinforces our belief in the power of individuality and the significance of science-backed methods in achieving optimal performance.
Q&A with Dr. Andy Galpin
What does physical performance mean to you?
"Physical performance is all about control—having control over what your body does when you want it to do it. Whether we're talking about jumping high, performing cognitively, or even managing your emotions, physical performance comes into play. If you have a body, you are an athlete. That's my philosophy."
How does physical performance look different for different individuals?
"Physical performance is unique to each individual. It could be about being able to squat, deadlift, or sprint. It could even be about managing everyday tasks like lifting your luggage into the overhead bin on an airplane, playing with your kids, or staying focused throughout the day. Whatever the case, my goal is to equip you with the skills to use in your daily life."
What goes into physical performance?
"Two main areas make up physical performance. The first is your will and skill—do you have the desire and the physical ability to do what you're aiming to do? The second area is about any obstacles that might be blocking you, like low energy, injuries, or a lack of motion range. Essentially, physical performance is about wanting to do something, having the ability to do it, and not being stopped from executing it."
How can individuals improve their physical performance, and what are the important aspects of physical performance?
"Improving physical performance is about setting a target and having the ability to reach that target. You need to have passion, desire, ambition, and interest—these are the ingredients needed to chase a goal. And then you have to manage stress, and I mean overall stress, not just mental. Optimizing everything from your sleep and nutrition to your hydration, cellular health, hormone profile, and micronutrient intake is crucial."
What are some tools or methods you use to enhance physical performance?
"I use what we call a performance anchor. It's about identifying the biggest problems that are holding you back and then trying to solve them. This could be a particular supplement like Creatine, Caffeine, PR Lotion, or something else entirely. The bottom line is ensuring that the tool matches the need. You have to analyze the individual comprehensively, find out what the biggest barrier is to their physical performance, and then provide the most scientifically backed solution for that specific problem."
Performance is not just about athletic feats or physical prowess. It's about understanding your body, goals, and the factors holding you back. It's about setting targets and equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to reach them.
Dr. Galpin's insight offers a fresh perspective on this pillar of performance. His words remind us that the path to better physical performance is within our reach. It begins with understanding and managing our bodies, setting clear goals, and addressing barriers. It's about identifying and embracing our individual needs, tailoring strategies to our unique challenges, and ensuring our actions are backed by scientific research and evidence.
In the next installment of our series, we will explore the second pillar of physical well-being - Recovery. We will explore how recovery aids in enhancing performance, why it is crucial to achieving your physical goals, and how to maximize its benefits.
In the meantime, use Dr. Galpin's advice to focus on your performance pillar. Identify your performance anchors, care for your basic needs, manage stress effectively, and incorporate evidence-based solutions into your routine. And remember – your physical performance journey is personal to you. While the path may be challenging, know that with commitment, patience, and the right approach, extraordinary moments of achievement are waiting.