By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRCms, FRAs
Education Director and Master Coach
So many people are talking about flow, and there is an equal amount of people that have zero clue what these flow-people are doing.
Turns out, many of the flow-people are just using yet another term that has been watered down and turned into whatever feels good at the time.
Person 1 - "Check out this flow that I am doing with the kettlebell." (performs cool sequence of fluid and dynamic movements with a kettlebell)
Person 2 - "I am so flowing right now." (Really into a video game)
Person 3 - "I am flowing." (Gives dog a treat...)
Let's break down what flow state is, and then we can begin to see how flow workouts began to exist in the fitness industry and the Gram (as in Instagram).
Flow State is a heightened state of arousal and focus, also know as being in the "zone."
If you have played sports or even been really into a creative craft or competition...you may have experienced flow state.
Let's see what the experts say about flow state.
"Jeanne Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi (both highly educated experts in positive psychology and the realm of flow and flow state) identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow:
Now compare these six items from Oxford University Press to a reflection on flow workouts:
To get started in flow, Marcus recommends taking 2 or 3 exercises that you have mastered, and combining them with fluid transitions, and not tracking the order or rhythm. Just move in those positions, transitions, and movements for a preset period of time.
The concept and consistency of time will often disappear, when you are in the middle of your flow workouts.
Flow can be done with any tool or even just body weight. Enjoy the break from hard-lined training and practice, and enjoy the benefits as well.
1 - Nakamura, J.; Csikszentmihályi, M. (20 December 2001). "Flow Theory and Research". In C. R. Snyder Erik Wright, and Shane J. Lopez (ed.). Handbook of Positive Psychology. Oxford University Press. pp. 195–206. ISBN 978-0-19-803094-2. Retrieved 20 November 2013.