Skill Based Fitness is all about teaching you good physical fitness skills and was founded by Coach Darren Beattie.

Computer programs and programming approaches like WordPress, Drupal, or Linux have long adopted what is termed ‘Open-Source Software’, so how come there is nothing online that deals in ‘Open-Source Fitness?’

This is that website, take these principles and build from them.

In other words, I believe these are the ‘essentials’ or the ‘foundation’ of fitness that can and should apply to basic physical development.

Physical intelligence (PQ) or the physical development component of human life is generally sorely lacking from most of modern society.

As our work progressed to a desk environment and our entertainment the couch and T.V., we have started to neglect our bodies as a result and many people now suffer from chronic pain, obesity and other physical ailments.

This is not a result of conscious ignorance, nor stupidity, but rather a general lack of understanding about skill development and physical development; that cut-backs to physical education or the inappropriate focus of the existing physical education — typically and often exclusively sport or athletics — have hurt in the last century of industrialization.

After 8 years as a fitness coach, this is what I’ve learned to date, but it is also far from ‘complete.’

As movements such as the Long-Term Athlete Development Protocol reinvent the way we deliver athletic development principles and rehabilitation movements such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization or the Postural Restoration Institute help us redefine how movement patterns are developed and altered later in life; it is my hope that this website will continue to evolve and help you learn long-term value physical development principles in a world of ‘quick-fixes’ and ‘short-term fitness solutions.’

If you’re a coach and would like to contribute or get involved in this project, please email me.

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Every day I watch beginners struggle with exercise and so I’ve decided to do something about it.

I regularly field questions about all kinds of exercises and programs under the sun, even staple strength and conditioning programs like P90x, Starting Strength, Dogg Crap Training, Conjugate Training, etc…etc…

What do I think of them?

It’s not that any of them are bad, it’s that the majority of them are inappropriate for beginners, so people easily get injured, demotivated and bounce from program to program without ever seeing results.

They also tend not to be catered to the needs of modern day human beings who work at desks, have posture and mobility issues, or grew up believing themselves to be ‘uncoordinated.’

This website is predominantly geared to beginners and intermediate fitness trainees, whom I estimate the majority of the population to be.

Though many advanced trainees in my experience benefit from revisiting ‘the basics‘ from time to time.

To get an idea of where you are, please visit ‘The Belts‘ section of the website, whereby I outline my estimates for skill development within a framework of development, based on principles often found in martial arts.


The truth is that like martial arts, exercise is a skill you can learn just like you learned how to write, do math or attract the opposite sex.

It’s called Physical Intelligence or PQ, IQ’s lesser known little brother.

The problem is that unless you understand this, you probably won’t go out of your way to learn the necessary skills and you will continue to struggle with fitness, no matter what your fitness objectives may be.

Fitness skills are universal in that they can be applied to any common fitness objective like losing weight, gaining muscle mass, relieving pain/discomfort or just living a healthy active lifestyle.

Obtaining good physical fitness skills makes it far easier to control things like body weight, muscle mass, physical pain/discomfort and healthy living.

Fitness programs like those mentioned above tend not to do this because they forget to the basic components of progressions, regressions and individual ideals.

The programs mentioned above also tend to make assumptions about your current levels fitness, in that, they assume you have the appropriate mobility, level of skill and proper foundation of movement training.

Plyometrics (the modern term for the shock training method) are a common type of training found in many ‘fat-loss‘ programs, but are simply too aggressive for most people without an adequate base level of strength and will often lead to injury as a result.

In other instances one may not possess adequate mobility or the right scapular structure to effectively execute a military overhead press with a fixed barbell, let alone load it significantly.

For many ‘physical structure’ can be a limiting factor in the fitness development.

For instance people with long-limbs will have a hard time squatting ‘deep.’

Or women, who often have more anteverted hips and a wide Q-angle (though not exclusively), tend to cave at the knees during movements like squats.

These factors can make many popular fitness programs problematic for many people.

These programs also tend not to provide much in the way of ‘coaching,’ but rather give you a structure you are expected to follow.

Whereas we believe that many of the good principles in these programs can be adjusted to suit various needs of the individual, while still permitting an individual to feel as if they are working towards skill mastery.

Some people just shouldn’t overhead press right now, while others can without problem, that’s fine, we can help you find a substitution.

Others are well suited to heavy barbells squats or deadlifts, while it may lead to knee or back pain in some, again we should be able to help you find a viable substitution.

There is no such thing as a bad or dangerous exercise, just bad application.

If you’ve ever followed a program and hurt yourself it’s probably because it was too advanced for your current needs, not because the exercise itself is inherently evil.

The programs mentioned above are designed with intermediate to advanced trainees in mind and are well suited to them.

If you do not have the base of skills this site discusses, then using these programs becomes infinitely more difficult.

Not knowing how to jump is a surefire way to get injured in an advanced program that requires a lot of jumping.

If you’ve never dead-lifted before, throwing some weight on a bar and lifting it up is the wrong place to start.

Likewise, people often sign-up for events like 10k races or half-marathons with the intent of ‘getting fit‘ through the training but never learn how to run properly in the process.

We encourage you to learn how to jump properly, how to deadlift properly and how to run properly so that objectives like running a half-marathon or competing in a sport become markedly more easy to complete.

The idea behind Skill Based Fitness is to get ‘fit’ so that you can hit your physical objectives through skill.

It doesn’t matter if your objective is weight loss, muscle mass gain, performance improvement or general healthy living, fitness skills translate to it all.

If you do have this base of skills, then the skills this site discusses offer up only a foundational ‘refresher‘ that many of us benefit by revisiting every so often in our training cycle.

If you are of a higher level belt, or a more advanced trainee then please enjoy experimenting with more advanced and intermediate training programs (some of which we may release here at a later date) like Starting Strength, Maximum Strength, 5/3/1, Ironman Training, Boston Marathon Training, etc…