Apply enough force to anything and it WILL bend or BREAK, because physics is still a very real thing. Avoiding movement isn't the answer. To hone, cure from within and strengthen ourselves against such possibilities is really our only reasonable solution.

In this world of exercise and fitness, many of us struggle to understand the difference between a viable frequency and a useless noise. Many of us, wrongly believe that to achieve great fitness results, or that we can not achieve good fitness results without going to extremes. We should never forget that nature is oposed to extremes, and will fight to her death to maintain balance.

 

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The Philosophy

FOR OVER 20 YEARS, MY PRIMARY MISSION HAS BEEN TO SEAMLESS MERGE HEALTH CARE AND FITNESS IN A SINGLE ENVIRONMENT. WITH THE CREATION OF BALANCE FITNESS, TORONTO, WE HAVE MANAGED TO DO JUST THAT. BALANCE: WHERE FITNESS MEETS WELLNESS.

 

About Devon McGregor

I started playing sports at an early age. I fell in love with football as a 72 pound 7 year old, who had an unbridled enthusiasm for running fast and jumping high. I didn't realize back then that I was just too small to be on the football field. I took great joy in showing coaches, teammates and onlookers what I could do with my body. But, it was more than that for me. If it could be kicked, thrown, propelled, involved a net, could be swung, put into motion, accelerated vertically, horizontally or latterally, I wanted to do it. I enjoyed discovering what else my body could do. I found that the more I that challenged my body - the more I asked "what else can I make this thing do" - the faster it adapted. And, I had an unrestrained hunger to understand how others with greater movement skill than me could do what they did. I learned through deliberate and fearless practice, failures, analysis and corrections how to improve at anything, and was privately overjoyed when I was able to understand how a particular movement thing was done. For me, these discoveries were fun. People started putting the label of "NATURAL ATHLETE" on me. However, the only thing that came naturally to me was curiosity. I needed to know: "WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO THIS...?"

I was fortunate as a high schooler when a teacher introduced us to OLYMPIC LIFTING. He was an Olympian and a Strength Coach who thought it would be interesting to teach some of us students how to properly move an Olympic Bar, using methods such as Deadlifts, Squats, Snatches, Power Cleans, and Jerks. It should have been evident to me then, as it probably was to everyone else, that I was born to teach movement. I was obsessed with learning the techniques, excelled at it and volunteered to be a "CERTIFIED" supervisor of our training room.

Fellow students and teammates often sought my advice, sometimes asking: "How do you make your muscles do that?", or "How do you do that without losing your balance?" It makes sense, I suppose, that the boutique gym that I've co-founded would be called BALANCE FITNESS. At the time, I found that all of this translated to the field and hard-courts.

I've never been enamoured by any single movement modality and cringe whenever anyone refers to themselves as a runner, Yoga practitioner, Pilates instructor or anything so specific. To me, the moment we give anything a title becomes the very moment that thing begins to lose meaning. We should be careful how/what we label ourselves. However, I'm also thankful to the experts and specialists, for it's through their hard work that I grow as a GENERALIST or REDUCTIONIST.

THE REDUCTIONIST and the GENERALIST

I think that it's easy to add, but not so easy to edit ourselves. As a reductionist, I strip movement down to only the things that matter. Only then do we begin to build, if necessary. In doing so, we find the limits to our strength, mobility etc., and play there for a bit. To discover.

My personal growth path is a constant process of LEARNING, PRACTICING, ADAPTATION, GROWTH, CONSOLIDATION - then starting again.

I was once told: "You don’t go into the brothel to play the piano". I guess that what this means to me is you only go into a room to do what you came to do. Babysitting feelings and emotions is what I see being taught and practiced in most fitness environments. Getting better - both teacher and student - should be the only practice. TO EXERCISE is defined as “TO DEVELOP A FACULTY OR A SKILL”, not to count sets and reps. Think of that the next time you go to the gym.

To me, beauty can't be compartmentalized... If it looks good, it must function in the same way. If it feels good, it must also move similarly. This idea can't be compromised.

I start by asking myself: "How do I help this person to be as beautiful as he/she can be - within the realm of my own capabilities?" I start by looking at how they move. I make an assessment or judgement on their movement-ability. I then begin to look at what it is about their movement patterns that don't belong, or are obstacles to their success. It is important to me that we, firstly, eliminate those obstacles.

 
 

FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM

Movement is among the current buzz-words inside most training facilities around the world. And, rightfully so. Often, however, the moment you give something a title is also the very moment that you take away all of its meaning. So, what is it, and how do we keep it relevant?

Movement, the only UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.

Traditional training isolates muscles groups, rarely teaching them to integrate or work together as part of a chain. As a language, movement can be adapted to any desired function. To train our bodies to move in isolation only serves to reinforce a habit that we should be working to avoid. The result of doing so will be muscles and joints disfunction, pain, and potential injury, which may require surgery. Most of the pain or injuries we experience are, in fact, due to poor movement patterns. The pain that we are experiencing is often a message that our body is sending, telling us: "There's something that you're doing to me that I don't like. Please stop and correct it." Beauty is a reflection of aesthetics, function & design.

A System of SYMPTOMS

We live in a SYMPTOMS-BASED SOCIETY: Symptoms-based medicine and symptoms-based fitness. Simply put, we treat the symptoms in isolation. However, our habits and characteristics are rarely formed in isolation. If the behaviour doesn't change, the symptoms will return. No movement is of itself, or isolated.

Have you ever considered why it's called an ear drum? When a sound is emitted, waves travel (move) through the ear towards the eardrum - a thin flap of skin that is stretched like a drum over a barrel, approximately the size of our pinky nail - and vibrates (moves) when sound waves makes contact. These vibrations move small bones in our middle and inner-ear, which the brain registers as "I hear something". There is nothing that we do that doesn't require movement. Our ability to move dictates our FITNESS.


 

Objectives


Philanthropy

  • 2010 - Established the Jamaican Children's Fund for Technology (JCFT) in partnership with Canada's Rogers Communication, IBM Canada and Sandals Resorts Foundation, installing computer labs and IT infrastructure for high schools in Jamaica.

Scholarship

  • 2014 - The Devon Colbert McGregor Scholarship was established, honouring the academic achievements of students at Victoria College (University of Toronto), in Math and Science.

Professional

  • 2001 - Became an innovator of the "Boutique Gym Concept by cofounding Balance Personal Training, Fitness & Rehabilitation Inc., fulfilling a mission of seamlessly merging health care and fitness.

Certifications

  • 2013 - Became a certified student instructor in Foundation Training. "There's not a more effective movement modality that strengthens our posterior chain, improves upon our joint and muscular stabilization or moves us out of back pain.

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