Seldom will a training method or an exercise stand alone. An exercise or a training method only becomes effective when combined with other methods or exercises to produce a synergistic training effect. An example would be plyometrics. It is a good training method that will quickly reach its limitations unless carefully blended with strength balance and mobility. When looking at an exercise or a method always ask:
- How does it fit with the overall training program?
- Where does it fit?
- Why does it fit?
The goal is to think globally and contextually with a clear vision of the desired end result. It is part of a system. A system is characterized by a predetermined relationship among all components of training. Each individual component has it’s own function, but most importantly each component has a profound effect on all other components. That in context of the system is why it is more than an exercise.