|You don't see many people in the gym with this hip mobility|
We all have some movement faults, some more prevalent or significant than others. Our bodies adapt to the demands we impose on them. For most of us, that includes 8-12 hours of sitting per day. Simply jumping on a machine to workout does nothing to improve your movement faults. Nor does running or grabbing a weight to lift. Most people don't know that they have movement faults, therefore don't know how to fix them. An experienced trainer or therapist can pick up on even very subtle movement faults and compensations. Several 'screening' exercises can be done. Personally, I like the Turkish Get-Up and Windmill exercises (I use many others, too) to assess full-body movement quality. It can be done with just body weight for beginners, then the resistance can be increased to discriminate with more advanced clients. These two exercises provide a great amount of information. Below, I perform the Turkish Get-Up and Windmill with a 70lb (32kg) kettlebell. Again, it is not just about doing the exercise, it about how you do the exercises.
A very simple way to gauge whether you are doing any movement correct is to apply my
First Rule: Stay Out of the Fetal Position.
|A submissive, weak, and tired, posture|
|Notice the devolution into the fetal position (head forward, arms rotated inward, spine flexing) as she fatigues.|