I absolutely love supporting people who are motivated to improve their health and optimize their movement. I am motivated to help you gain clarity on how best to achieve your optimum mobility and fitness, and hopefully provide you with the information you need to do exactly that! Achieve optimum mobility at any age. #Iammotivatedformovement
Yep! Here is my dose of honesty. I have days where I am a couch potatoe. Plopped infront of the tube or scrolling social media or binging on that channel that begins with N and ends in X. Darn that channel. No commericals just the way I like it. However....my body doesn't like it at all. My energy is low and I don't want to do anything. Sound familiar?
I set healthy boundaries to being a couch potatoe. Maybe one hour a day...maybe!
Our bodies are desgined to move! So lets get moving!
What is Functional Movement?
Functional movement deals with the basic movements our bodies are built to make based on the biomechanics of the human body, and how engaging with them correctly can optimize our fitness and/or performance in sport. This can help prevent injury and premature deterioration of the body.
Knowledge of functional movement helps us return to our most primitive selves to ensure the progress of our physicality! By revisiting the natural developmental principles, pioneers in the physio and mobility industry (like Gray Cook in the link below) force us to rethink motor learning, exercise, and modern conditioning practices. All of this is geared at ensuring our body is moving in the most beneficial way possible before embarking on a program of strength or fitness training which could ultimately cause them more damage if the correct movement was not ensured beforehand.
Why is Functional Movement Important?
Jator Pierre, holistic coach, and certified strength and conditioning expert, explains “If you look at it from an evolutionary perspective, we’d have to use all of these 6 movement patterns to survive.” As life has obviously evolved since these primitive times of squatting to eat, lunging to hunt, and pushing to throw spears, we no longer engage naturally or unconsciously with many of these movements, and as such, we’re losing the ability to do so. In fact, many of today’s ‘normal’ or habitual movements that we engage our bodies in (sitting hunched at a desk, for example) quite literally counteract the positive implications these movements have for our bodies. Inflammation and stress are increased by this lack of natural movement and so it’s easy to understand how tension gets into the body and stays there. There’s no counter-movement to get rid of it! Reduce tension by moving your body!
"The more fluid you are. The more you are alive." Armand Desjardins
Where to begin?
If you haven’t already begun to explore functional movement in the links I’ve provided, there are a wealth of resources online for you to learn more. I’d particularly recommend Gray Cook’s Functional Movement website (https://www.functionalmovement.com/system/fms) where everything from information on the movement to online courses is available to help get you started. But really, functional movement comes down to mastering the seven most basic movements the human body is capable of. These movements are things the body does every day, and which our most basic interactions and unconscious movements are centered around.
Functional Movement Training
In contrast to other kinds of specialized fitness training, functional movement training doesn’t just strengthen one muscle group at a time. As a result, you’ll build strength holistically, forcing your body to function as a single unit instead of isolating movement and forcing your body out of balance. Coordination and neuromuscular control are also improved as you’re using several muscle groups at once. Basically, functional movement training is all about training, “movements, not muscles.” It mirrors how humans were meant to move and help to perfect this. An example of one of these movements can be seen here: https://yurielkaim.com/compound-dumbbell-exercises/
Prescreening is desired
To ‘screen’ your functional mobility, most experts will have clients take part in a number of screened exercises to test their baseline mobility and identify any pre-existing issues in the way they move before embarking on a further course of fitness training. There are seven tests in the Functional Movement Screen (including deep squats and trunk stability push-ups), and trainers grade participants on a scale of 0 (movement was painful) to 3 (perfect) for each one. Simple enough in theory, but the difficulty arises when participants start aiming to assess themselves independently of a trained professional’s guidance, leading to inconsistent and inaccurate measurements and perceptions of their functional movement. For this reason, it’s important to ensure you get the advice and guidance of a qualified professional before acting upon any perceived mobility issues. An example of the actions and movements involved in this test can be seen here: https://experiencelife.com/article/fms-screen-test/