What is 'Line of Departure Athlete'

The Mission:

The mission behind LOD Athlete is to serve as the sounding board for anyone and everyone who:

  • Rely on their body for their chosen profession.
  • Rely on their body for their sport, competition, or passion.
  • Believe that the domains of gym-based training and real world physical demands are inextricably linked.
  • Believe that fitness, in general, leads to self-confidence, positive relationships, and a higher sense of self-worth. 

The content of this website will primarily discuss all strength and conditioning, coaching thoughts and observations, sport/event analysis, and the implementation of intelligent, periodized programming.

We’ll also tackle subjects like nutrition, success and failure, leadership, and interviews with badass athletes. 

What does Line of Departure mean?

In the military, the Line of Departure is the invisible line which delineates friendly and enemy territory. It is an abstract line, but once crossed, it has most deadly implications. Simply put, once you cross that line, your chances of getting injured or killed grow.... by a lot. 

We chose this name because it represents crossing the line to take your fitness to the graduate level. The rise of the functional fitness industry has created an environment that often uses poor training protocols and encourages athletes to train for gym-based events in the comfort of their home box. It started as a good idea and has had unfortunate consequences.

Train for something that will take you out of the comfort of your box and compete out in the world. Analyze the physical requirements of your profession or passion and develop a plan to enable success. Use your fitness by actually employing it in its intended purpose - the demands of the real world. 

Does this mean you need to go sign up for SEAL training right after getting into a street fight? No.

We want you to train, compete, and put your body to use. Experience failure and success. The lessons learned through each of those events will stay with you for a lifetime. 

What is the Arena?

You’ll see mention of the ‘Arena’ consistently. It comes from a speech by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 titled “Citizenship in the Republic.” I’ll let this excerpt speak for itself.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

To my simplistic interpretation, the ‘Arena’ defines the constant battle for self-improvement. For many of us, this self-improvement comes in the form of physical training and competition. To others, it might mean risking all to begin your own business, continuing your education, or confronting conflict in any form head-on. 

Each individual has their own arena. Some may skirt outside walls. Others may charge in. You must make the decision on the course of action you will take and live with the consequences. 

What are objectives?

The objective is the goal. The event you’re training for. The prize you’re spending your blood, sweat, and tears on to achieve. The objective is why we train. 

Final Thoughts and Moving Forward

The mission is straight forward. Provide knowledge, information, and discussion for those who believe in building and training the body for their profession or passion. 

Who knows where this may take us, but we’re excited for the ride.