Hitting Save on a Movement Document
Written by Gray Cook Thursday, September 24, 2015 FMS Video Series
Human movement is a miraculous occurrence.
Though we often take credit for movement patterns, we don't make or create movement patterns. They occur without us.
But we can grow them. We can correct them, and we can develop them.
We can also actually complicate a beautiful, natural and authentic process with our oversimplification or with the polar opposite, our over-analysis.
First of all, creating good movement patterns is much more complex than just creating mobility . . . however, if mobility is not available, the vital sensory input for better motor control and stability will not be available.
Most people can see the inherent mobility training within the practice of yoga. What many don't understand is that the practice of yoga, when done correctly, is more amazing for stabilization. The part of the body that is elongated, stretching and going through a mobility pattern is only possible because another part of the body is creating stability from its interaction with the ground and its creation of a base. The breathing that all wise yoga instructors obsess upon is there to both set better motor control and stabilization and allow greater elongation, flexibility and mobility.
I've hit upon two very important patterns that may help you hit save on a well-written mobility document so you can convert it to a movement pattern.
These activities are self-limiting, so the instructor's eye should be on movement. The instructor’s cues should always be simple and focused more on breathing and relaxation than execution and tension.
These tall-kneeling and half-kneeling holding patterns are the linchpin that create a continuous link from your mobility work into your carrying work and your lifting work.
I have often said:
When you have problems with your lifts, do more carries...
When you have problems with your carries, do more holds...
And, when you have problems with your holds, do more mobility work.
You should come out of the rabbit hole the same way you go in. This follows the developmental sequence most humans explore when they are learning their skills for locomotion and manipulation.
Hopefully, you are reading and watching this with some degree of competency for gaining (or regaining) mobility. The real essence comes with motor control and stabilization. Just because mobility and flexibility are available does not mean they will be used in the most economical and efficient way. Unfortunately, stabilization training and motor control training, as practiced by some individuals, look a lot like strength training.
Motor control training is much more than just creating sets and reps for stabilizer muscles. These muscles don't create stability and motor control within movement patterns because they are so strong. They do it because they are so fast, so coordinated and so perceptive.
The first bottleneck of stabilization training isn't even movement pattern training - it's postural training. And it is much more than standing up straight or balancing a book on your head (not so say that those are bad drills and don’t have their uses).
As with these examples, I often look for ways to expose a lack of motor control in a particular pattern, position or even one direction compared to another.
Now it's up to you...
- Watch It
- Do It
- Coach It