Author of 'Becoming a Supple Leopard' Wants You to Stand Up and Get Physically Ready for Anything

Kelly Starrett believes that children should never sit still in class, and that we learn better, are healthier, and by burning more calories are starting to reverse the obesity epidemic when we are standing. He says that even healthy adults who work out regularly suffer from the negative affects of too much sitting.

In this interview with Joe De Sena of the Spartan UP! podcast, Starrett, the owner and co-founder of the crossfit gym Mobility WOD and author of the The New York Times bestsellers Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run, encourages the type of holistic practice that will prepare an elite athlete -- or a normal person -- for any situation.

"We're living in this interesting age where the generalist is back," he says. "But I think the greater conversation in the world right now is -- what's the programing look like to create a ready state, so that people are good to go, so people can be like, 'Hey we're going to hike the Grand Canyon next weekend, you with us? or Hey we're going to move this piano for the next 20 minutes' -- a legit ready state."

Other takeaways include:

  • The benefit of having a good conditioning program is not learning how to suffer but learning how to problem solve in the face of discomfort.
  • There’s no way to solve the obesity epidemic without tackling sitting and inactivity.
  • If we can’t use the lessons of elite sport to help the layman, then sport is just folly.

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