Gray Cook, PT (www.graycook.com) has some great articles for physical therapists. He recently put a great one up comparing nutrition and exercise concepts that is a great read for everyone.
The overall principles are here:
Set your movement and performance baselines:
Eliminate exercises that look supplementary or body part-oriented.
Embrace whole movement patterns first: run, jump, carry, climb
If you’re stiff, breathe and get healthy. Then get mobile.
If you’re not strong, carry stuff and lift stuff.
Own your movement patterns. Simple and basic first. Without load and then with load. Always with integrity.
Watch your body and movement patterns change.
Eliminate the things that don’t make a lot of good sense or seem to be supplementary. See how good you get against your baseline test.
Watch your performance so that you’ll have no excuse for making an unqualified statement about what you think performance is and what it’s not. The first requirement of performance is participation and if you’re jacked up, you’re not a participant today.
Enjoy your simple, basic and whole exercise program. Once you own it, add the plus for fun . . . you earned it!
Read the full article by Gray Cook, PT if you are intrigued!