The time long debates in the fitness community rage on as to which methodology is the best to train the human body. 


Yoga vs Pilates


Functional strength vs traditional strength


Are kettlebells or TRX the superior training tool?


Who is right?


In a sense we are all right and we are all wrong.


We all have unique skills, knowledge and ways of looking at training and movement however it is unrealistic to believe that any one method or idea got everything right.  There is still so much we are learning about the human body, a journey best traveled with an open mind.


What if instead of battling with someone who is into traditional methods of strength training to make them see things my way I made the point to stop and understand their beliefs? After understanding perhaps I could then learn to apply some of his knowledge and lessons to my methods, increasing their effectiveness.


The idea of synergy is creation. Not choosing option 1 or option 2 but coming together to create option 3.  The benefit of synergy is that the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts and both sides arrive to a win/win agreement.  The challenge is to be synergistic I must first seek to understand before being understood, and then I need to embrace our differences and unique ways of thinking.


There is no better example of synergy than the Justice League of America.  For those who do not speak nerd the JLA is a collaboration of the greatest heroes in the DC comics universe.  Led by Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern the Flash and the Martian Manhunter who are joined by many other superheroes; the Justice league exists to battle the greatest enemies that the planet earth will ever face. Each member of this unique and powerful group possesses different and extraordinary abilities.  The JLA has chosen to embrace each other’s differences, accepting the idea that although their powers and skills are different they each bring something unique to the table.  Take Superman and Batman; how easy would it have been for the Man of Steel to vote the Dark Knight out of the JLA?  He could have argued with the others who possessed more than human powers that this mere mortal brought nothing to the table.  Instead Superman sought to understand that Batman was a master at detective work, deduction, problem solving and performing under extreme pressure; he embraced his differences and found the value in them.  With this synergistic mind set the JLA as a team has been able to defeat foes and challenges that would have crushed anyone of them as individuals.


Can we take these lessons to understand and embrace the differences in those around us? Can we create our own Justice League in fitness and save the world in our own way?


About caseystutzman

Casey Stutzman is an AFAA certified trainer and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 2004. Since 2006 he has acted as the Head Trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena Michigan. Casey’s love of athletics and competition drove him in to the fitness industry. He uses his experience as a division 1 college football player, amateur bodybuilding competitor, strongman competitor to help others reach their goals in all areas of fitness. Casey spends his time at Bay Athletic Club teaching Boot Camps, small group training sessions, training clients and working with participants in Bay Athletic Club’s Corporate Fit Challenge program. He also develops strength and conditioning programs and does performance training for a number of local athletic organizations and high school teams. As an Ignite Performance Master trainer and Master Instructor for TRX Casey travels North America to educate and connect with fitness professionals to help them offer more to their clients and athletes. Time outside of fitness is occupied with reading, travel, indoor rock climbing, snow sports and being an active outdoorsman. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Mary Beth, his daughter Vesper, son Indiana and Turkish the family dog.

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