Movement Training – Why You Need to Add it to Your Program
There’s been a change and shift in the health and fitness industry. People who get involved in health and fitness with just the intention of achieving a certain “look”, i.e. 6-pack or big booty, now represent a small population. Today, the many individuals who pursue health and fitness do so with the aspiration of making their day-to-day activities easier. Does this sound like you?
Enter “movement training”.
With movement training being tied to such mechanisms as stability, mobility, agility, coordination, balance mobility, and body awareness, it may seem more applicable to athletes and elite-performers.
But it’s for everyone. Good movement training preserves and strengthens your body and joints. This will allow you to do the activities you love (without pain) for decades to come.
How? Let’s first understand what movement training is.
What is Movement Training?
Although the techniques and the methods can be complicated, conceptually, movement training is very straightforward.
The purpose of training is to make something better. So, movement training is training in a manner that makes the movements you use in your everyday activities, hobbies, sports, etc., better. “Better” can mean a lot of things but, in this context, it simply means easier, more efficient, with less effort, and with a lower risk of injury.
To achieve this, the foundation of the exercises included in a good movement training program should replicate movements that we use daily – practice makes perfect!
It’s Easier When Muscles Work Together
Whether you’re conscious of it or not, most of your daily movements require the engagement of your entire body. This means that most movements involve multiple muscles groups working together through several joints. This is why isolation exercises such as bicep curls aren’t typically considered ‘movement’ training exercises. We can’t overlook the importance of isolation exercises for building strength, size, and endurance but, for the most part, they train muscles, not movements (when was the last time you moved in a way that resembles a bicep curl).
Squats and pushups are great examples of exercises that involve multiple muscle groups working together through several joints. When done properly, they also require the complete engagement of your core (more on the importance of core and core strength in another blog). Most importantly, they are exercises that replicate movements that you use in everyday activities; you squat when you sit and you push yourself up when getting up off the ground. These are the types of exercises you should consider in your movement training program.
Just remember: movement training is more about how you move, not how much weight you lift. If you keep this in mind and integrate movement training into your program, you will set yourself up for longevity and give yourself the best chance of doing the activities you love for decades to come.