Medical disclaimer 5

Table of Contents 6

Acknowlegements 8

Introduction. 9

SECTION 1 THE WILD ORGINS OF OUR HUMAN NATURE: WHAT IS IT TO BE HUMAN? 11

Chapter 1. The Beginning: Human Origins And The Environment 11

Chapter 1 Lessons 14

Experiencing Practical Body/Mind Fitness 14

Lesson 1. Where do we get our first ideas about posture? 15

Chapter 2 Animal Magic vs Human Magic 20

Chapter 2. Lessons 24

Chapter 3 Dreams Realized: The Integration of Imagination and Physical Action. 26

Chapter 3 Lessons 31

Chapter 4 Human Learning: Necessary Conditions And The Learning Process 34

Chapter 4 Lesson. 36

Chapter 5 Survival and Fitness: It is Always About Movement 37

Chapter 5 Lessons 39

Chapter 6: Fitness as Self-fulfillment: Beyond Survival 45

Chapter 6 Lessons 47

SECTION 2 HOW SCIENCE HELPS US UNDERSTAND HUMAN POSSIBILITIES: 51

Neuroplasticity, Body/Mind Unity, and How the Brain Affects Physical Structure. 51

Chapter 7 In the Beginning, There Was…Belief 51

Chapter 7. Lessons 55

Chapter 8 The Aware Athlete: Obtaining The Prize In Modern Life. 57

Chapter 8. Lesson. 60

Chapter 9 The Plastic Nervous System.. 62

Chapter 9 Lessons 66

Chapter 10 The Unity of Body and Mind, A More Radical Approach. 70

Chapter 10 Lessons 75

Chapter 11 A Change in The Brain Can Affect a Change in A Physical Structure. 78

Chapter 11. Lesson. 81

Chapter 12 Exploration And Self-Fulfillment 83

Chapter 12. Lessons 85

Section 3 REDEFINING FITNESS 91

Chapter 13 In The Beginning: Beginners Mind. 91

Chapter 13. Lesson. 99

14 Our Current Fitness Paradigm: The Old Fitness Pyramid. 101

Chapter 14. Lessons 105

Chapter 15. The New Fitness Pyramid: Learning First Before Training. 109

Chapter 15. Lessons 115

Chapter 16. The New Fitness Pyramid: Foundation. 121

Chapter 16 Lessons 130

Chapter 17: The New Fitness Pyramid Process Of Improvement 136

Chapter 17 Lessons 147

Chapter 18 The New Fitness Pyramid: Fitness and Training as a Learning Experience. 153

Chapter 18. Lessons 157

Chapter 19 Being Fit: High Intrinsic Achievement 163

Chapter 19 Lessons 168

Reading list 172