We have finally made it to the final section of our Fundamental Series, the Human. Hopefully each of you reading this section have satisfied 2 important requirements...
- You are human
- You have successfully completed each of the previous sections in the Fundamental Series
It would seem ridiculous to most people that they have to regain the right to move like a human. Unless you have read and performed the movements described in the previous installments of this series you will not have a proper appreciation for how poorly most of us move. We take movement for granted. Unfortunately, movement efficiency is something that must be earned and once it has been earned must be maintained.
With most mechanical objects we interact with in our daily lives it is easy to see the negative repercussions of compromised movement. How many of you have tried to open a door that hasn’t been opened in ages? The screech and resistance to movement the door’s hinges display is obvious. A nut on a bolt can fuse through rust when not used. Our joints, muscles, tendons, fascia, nervous tissue, etc all respond in the same way. If we don’t use them through full range of motion in multiple planes of movement they will begin to resist our desire to move into these ranges.
Once this has occurred we must regain the right to move into this range through specific intention and in a controlled manner. It is only when we can move efficiently through the desired range that we should attempt to add a load or external resistance to that movement. Loading an inefficient movement results in negative wear and tear and eventual injury.
Once you have completed the Human Section of The Fundamental Series you will have a baseline of efficiency that will allow you to progress onto the other segments within the Movement and Conditioning Discipline with some confidence in your ability to perform the movement. It should be noted that some of the movements that will be shown will still be at an advanced level for many of us and each exercise should be performed with that thought in mind.
Once we have learned to stand through the use of one of our arms as we did in the Primate Series it is now important to learn how to move in standing posture without the use of our arms for support. As we have done in each previous section, we will move through progressively more difficult movements as we advance through this section.
We will learn to hip hinge, load from our feet into our pelvis and spine and descend and ascend efficiently.
In the second section of the Human Series we will look at Mini Hip Hinges and Kettle Bell Downhill Hinges.