IMPROVING YOUR PROFICIENCY IN BODY WEIGHT MOVEMENTS,
IMPROVE YOUR PROFICIENCY IN MOVING EXTERNAL LOADS.
The Human Body –
evolved for thousands of years before ending up on its two hind legs.
This bipedal transition allowed us to start manipulating external objects with our free hands, which was the first step toward technology (which I see as a defining characteristic of the human species).
Historically speaking –
the human body evolved to manipulate itself around the environment and external object.
It is only recently – historically speaking-
that the human body began to manipulate the world around itself.
Since the above is true,
Namely that the human body has adapted to push and pull its own body weight for the majority of its evolution, and only recently has begun to adapt to manipulating external loads….
– It is therefore wise to practice competency in body weight movements FIRST –
before practicing movement with additional load….
>This is because the ‘Movement Mechanics’ or ‘Movement Pattern’ required to perform body weight movements will translate into being able to move almost any external load. This does not work the other way around: training with heavy external weights can often lead to postural compensations and/or weaknesses – and will only lead to good body weight ‘mechanics’ with mindful care<
A PRACTICAL APPLICATION
The Over Head Press
“Lifting heavy things over your head IS Happiness”
(the rest of this article will consist of a conversation I has with myself, albeit a more organized and edited version)
> The mechanics of the OH Press can be broken down into 2 body weight movements:
- Push Up
- Pull Up / Body Row
> The OH Press requires certain mechanical skills or in other words a specific movement pattern
– this skill is developed BEST by the aforementioned body weight movements.
HOLD ON A SECOND….
? What If you Can’t Do a Push Up or Pull Up?
> What you have to consider now is this; what other types of exercises do I know that either look like, imitate, or are a ‘part of’ the push up and the pull up …. here is what comes to mind<
- Hard Style Hang
> Skills learned in the Plank carry over into the lockout of the push up and the OH Press.
> The Pull Over develops Shoulder / Back strength = teaches you how to open and close the shoulder joint.
> the HS Hang gets you use to generating tension while your feet are off the floor.
WHAT IF WE TOOK THIS BACK ANOTHER STEP?
>What if you had to do something less challenging even then the plank and pullover?
> The idea here is that THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MOVING – there are always options, regressions and progressions abound – here are a few:
- Floor Roll
- Tension Generating Drill
- Shoulder Dislocate
*Continuously practice the basics, and your movement abilities will flourish*
**Even the smallest flaw in your fundamentals will express itself as bigger flaw in more complex situations**
BODY WEIGHT PROFICIENCY WORKSHOP
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What you will learn:
- 2 MAJOR BODY WEIGHT MOVEMENTS (push up, pull up)
- HOW THEY TRANSLATE INTO THE OVER HEAD PRESS
- + a few other ‘basic’ movements for your continuous practice and enjoyment 🙂
> LEARNING PUSHING AND PULLING MECHANICS WILL ALLOW YOU TO PERFORM ANY ACTIVITY OF DAILY LIFE WITH GREATER EASE!
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