01 Mar Movement to Own your Body
Becoming fitter and healthier doesn’t need to be a complicated process. For most people, it’s all about rediscovering the benefits of 6 fundamental movement patterns, and how those movements can improve strength, flexibility, and give people the foundation they need for an effective workout. The best part of these workouts is that you don’t need expensive equipment, all you need is your own body.
With a combination of body weight and locomotion training, anyone can learn how to control their body and build natural strength around the joints. While bodyweight training focuses on improving the shape and ability of the body through natural body-oriented movements, alternative locomotion, or animal flow training allows you to use your body in a fluid manner that pushes the muscles to work together as one. With the right combination of training, you can work all the major muscle groups together, increase athleticism, and enhance coordination.
Anyone Can Benefit from Body Weight and Locomotion Training
There are two primary areas of movement often referred to during fitness programs: closed kinetic chains, and open chains. An open chain allows a limb to move freely, whereas a closed chain fixes the limb and the rest of the body moves around it. A simple example of both movements is walking, where your foot hits the ground as part of a closed-chain, while your leg swings forwards to propel you in an open chain.
Most exercises involve both open and closed chain aspects, but traditional training exercise typically fall under only one category. For example, pull-ups would be a closed-chain exercise because your hands are fixed as you pull your body towards them. The important distinction in locomotion and body-weight training is that the trunk and the spine are both involved in managing dynamic forces. In other words, your body is open to stimulus that offers a more supportive platform for many activities.
In order to be successful in any fitness program, you need to be able to understand the movements of your body, and control those movements through a basic knowledge of your range of motion and flexibility. Locomotion and bodyweight training, helps you to become reacquainted with your evolutionary muscle activation patterns and control your own body.
Knowing how to properly control and enhance your movement patterns means that you’re prepared to tackle any range of challenges. After all, you can work on strengthening the parts of your body that are otherwise forgotten about in day-to-day activity, boosting your energy levels, balance, and endurance too!
Almost every source available today suggests that a significant portion of our population will suffer from some kind of back pain during their lifetime, with shoulder and knee pain coming in closely behind. Many believe these ailments are now caused by our sedentary lifestyles, and sitting all day in front of a computer, when we’re designed to be active. Exercises that involve pushing, pulling, twisting, stepping, squatting and bending all help to keep the joints strong, the posture erect, and the body ready for action. Unfortunately, the majority of us don’t expose ourselves to these movements enough in everyday life.
The more time we spend seated, the more our bodies willingly sacrifice their ability to run, skip, bend, jump, twist, and stand. The only way to truly access the range of motion necessary for true health and fitness, is to rediscover the power of movement, and rediscover your own body.
Using Bodyweight and Locomotion Training
At 6 Movements Fitness, we use the power of the human movement patterns throughout our bodyweight and locomotion training opportunities, teaching students how to control their bodies for perfect motion. Once our students learn how to manipulate and enjoy the power of these 6 essential movement patterns, we add the challenge of weight using kettlebells.
With a bodyweight and locomotion training program, you can learn how to take control of your body again, allowing yourself to redevelop the flexibility and range of motion that’s been lost to the threat of a sedentary lifestyle.