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Should You Work On Fundamentals? No One Wants To Hear That

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 116

A movement pattern is what can make up a challenging workout. Not how many reps and how much weight you can lift, push, or pull. The quality of the movement is what really matters. Can you squat, lunge, push, pull, move into 3 planes of motion, and stabilize your spine like you do in life? An effective and challenging workout is about you moving better and feeling better. It's not about you completely exhausting your nervous system and unable to move the next day because you are so tired, aching, and over-worked.

A good analogy is the service and upkeep your car needs compared to your body. What happens when you forget about changing your oil or a tune-up for your car? You have a dirty or poor running engine, right? Well, your body needs a tune-up and oil change as well to run as optimized as possible. If you can't or don't do the basic upkeep, you're probably going to break down sooner rather than later. Although it may not be immediately, you are going to pay the price for neglecting your essential maintenance. Your body is definitely not going to move better just like your car. You have to make sure your body and your car engine is primed and running on all cylinders.

Fundamental movement or motor patterns help develop a strong foundation. Building your whole body and improving your joint stability will serve you well. A third component of fitness is to increase your endurance and outlast your competition. However, if your fundamentals are weak your entire body and health will not perform at a level you could otherwise be achieving. You must develop your foundation and build on a strong base.

The master of fundamentals as far as I'm concerned was and is the late, great coach John Wooden. The coach used to drill and practice "the fundamentals" during every training session at UCLA. When game time came around his players were prepared. If you're not familiar with Wooden's Pyramid of Success you should be. The coach's positive principles will power every person to new heights and achievements.

Your workout "fundamentals" are basic movement patterns involving strength and stability. Although TRX suspension training and kettlebells is trendy and hot right now, you have to walk before you can run. Anyone can squat and lunge with assistance. Have you ever used a cane or walker? I'm being facetious of course. I'm talking primitive patterns here where you need to be able to use and master your body. A gymnast and wrestler are great examples of athletes who have developed their bodies from the inside out. These athletes have tremendous core strength and stability which is where the fundamentals begin.

Don't be like everyone else who skips steps to advance before you're actually ready. Learn to develop your body in practical and fundamental ways. Big muscles aren't going to save you when you trip and fall. But if you worked on your stability and developed more intrinsic strength you might prevent yourself from taking that nasty fall in the first place. Movement patterns are how you gauge your health and fitness. If you've never been educated on how you can improve the way you move, then consult with a fitness professional who will provide you a proper assessment along with sequential steps to improve your overall health and fitness. There are certain norms that we should all strive for, but we all have certain weaknesses that can and should be improved. The weakest link will break you down time after time in your kinetic chain. The most successful people understand and appreciate the basics and fundamentals whether it be in movement and exercise or business and life.

Marin health and fitness expert, John Spongberg is the founder of Personal Training in Marin as well as an accomplished author, speaker and life coach. He is dedicated to helping people reach their optimum level of fitness, health and body satisfaction through a unique, comprehensive whole-person approach, customized to each client.

If you're ready, you can reach Mr. Spongberg at (415) 891-8787 or visit his website at where you can download your free copy of his special health and fitness report, The Truth About Losing Weight.

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