My Adventure Athlete Training Philosophy
The term adventure athlete is niche and quite rarely seen anywhere. Some use the name to describe athletes from adventure sports like surfing or climbing but I do not believe that is it's intended use - especially seeing as these are refering to a specialised athlete trained for one specific sport usually using only one or two modalities of training. The term 'adventure athlete' refers more to a discipline and philosophy of athleticism that focuses on diversity of training. Adam Sinicki author of 'Functional Training and Beyond' perhaps gives the best name for this - "super functional".
Adventure athleticism for me refers to an unspecialised athlete who is extremely well rounded in multiple facets, extremely physically prepared if you will, and always looking to explore and experiment with fitness. The quintessential ability of the adventure athlete is to adapt, experiment and expand what is possible. The adventure athlete is capable of high max strength (to a degree that is useful), endurance both of cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance, power & speed through multiple planes of movement, cognitively sharp & fast reacting able to perform under stress, and so much more from gymnastic core control to optimising the immune system through the cold & breath.
The adventure athlete is not limited to a single discipline or modality of training. There is no sort of tribalism about the big three (deadlift, squat, bench), no CrossFit or nothing attitude, no bro splits forever - no, the adventure athlete cherry picks the most useful and proven practices (including many not recognised or respected) from across the entire physical exercise (& mental) world and uses these to achieve as high as a performance as they can across the board.
In this sense one of the very first adventure athletes we can recognise is non other than Bruce Lee.
Bruce's philosophy was:
"adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own"
This could almost be the mantra of adventure athletes.