8 PRINCIPLES OF MOVEMENT
WHAT IS OUR ‘MOVEMENT PHILOSOPHY’?
Our ‘Movement Philosophy’ is simple and is covered by our ‘8 Principles of Movement’. By creating a set of guidelines for our training system we are assured that every session has the right focus. The 8 Principles are;
THE MIND IS PRIMARY
Be Mindful in All Things
Paradoxically, this first principle does not mean ‘I think therefore I am’ but rather is the complete opposite.
We are often overruled by our thoughts and it is important to be able to simply witness our thoughts rather than be controlled by them. Mindfulness meditation can help us become more mindful and less mindless. As the great Chuang-Tzu once said;
For the perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing: it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep. And thus he can triumph over matter, without injury to himself.
NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION
Eat for Optimal Health or Performance
What we eat becomes us, and therefore we are what we eat. The body requires specific ratios of macronutrients in order to perform its daily functions and therefore nutrition is the foundation for not only our bodily processes, but our recovery and our performance.
It is important to eat the majority of our food from natural and organic sources, unprocessed and whole to minimise sources of chronic inflammation and to fuel the body with what it needs, as opposed to what we want.
OUTCOME FOCUSSED TRAINING
Train for an objective
We already know based on our basic principles of exercise science that our body adapts according to the inputs or stresses on its various systems. Outcome focussed training is exactly this, it means to train for a specific outcome so we will train differently for strength, than we would for endurance. Train for an objective also means to set goals and record progress towards them.
TRAIN MOVEMENTS NOT MUSCLES
Muscles work synergistically
Its all well and good to say that you want to train a specific muscle group, but in reality the body doesn’t work in isolation like that. There are times and places (such as rehabilitation from injury) where we may need to work on specific muscles to restore balance and function, but generally (in Primal Movement Training) we are training movements such as the Squat, Lunge, Push, Pull, Twist and Gait movements.
STRUCTURE DETERMINES FUNCTION
Remove Dysfunction before Training Function
Our structure (which encompasses our basic biomechanics and also the functioning of our muscles) determines how well our bodies will function. Based on this we can see that the length or our levers (limbs and joints) and the length or our muscles (either genetically or from tightness or laxity) determines our ability to move well and move efficiently. Some of these things we have no control over, but we can often affect the function and partly the structure of our muscles.
Therefore if tight and short muscles are affecting our movement patterns we need to lengthen them, and conversely if long and weak muscles are affecting our movement patterns then we may need to strengthen and shorten them.
FOCUS ON POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO
You are the Engine and the Load
The measurement of strength should be based on the engine producing the power output. So an 80kg man lifting 100kg is technically stronger than a 100kg man lifting 100kg. In this way, our performance benchmarks are based purely on the individuals performance and not comparative to others. By using our own performance as a benchmark we can ensure our focus is on self improvement and not on ego.
TRAIN ALL ENERGY SYSTEMS
For Optimal Energy Efficiency
The body utilises multiple energy systems to produce power output. A well rounded athlete should optimise the output of all of these energy systems unless they require the use of a specific one for a specific purpose such as sport or work.
BASIC MAINTENANCE SHOULD BE PERFORMED DAILY
We already know that the body adapts, or is conditioned, according to the various stresses on it moment to moment. Our goal in reducing dysfunction should be to remove these dysfunctions as they arise and because we encounter stress each and every day we should aim to undo it daily as well. Basic maintenance for the body comes in the way of stretching and the use of self-myofascial release techniques (Foam Rollers and Lacrosse Balls) and maintenance of the mind comes from meditation and breathing techniques.
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