With the last two weeks in this blog series, we begin to wrap it all together. We have explored all of this movement ‘stuff,’ so now what? All of that information is pretty useless unless we view movement from the lens presented here.
The understanding that movement is everything we do, is crucial to its value. ‘Movement’ is not just a section of a workout, or going on a walk. Movement itself encompasses everything that our body does: Sitting, playing lacrosse, riding a bike, picking up a baby, wrestling with the dog, training, everything. Movement is life.
Strength and conditioning sessions and competing in sport are a very specific section under the movement umbrella. They happen to be sections where the how we move is vital. That’s why I have put such an emphasis on movement basics in this blog series. Within working out for a competitive sport, how we move can be a factor that sets apart performance, and injury resilience. (Movement quality is most likely more important than how much weight we can lift…)
So, movement is the broadest term for anything we do and from there we begin to narrow it down. Activities of daily living, training, and sporting movements are all movements that we do. We apply this same logic to our training programs. There are certain competencies from a general movement that must be learned before we can move on to the next specific, and more advanced training. More justification for mastering movement basics.
Within the pyramid, I see most strength and conditioning coaches spending all of their time near the top. Which is important, we need to have the specific details of training down and spend time on them, but not all of our time. As strength and conditioning coaches, as movement professionals we must first establish a good base and foundation to the pyramid in order to optimize the higher sections.
The simple metaphor of walking before you can run applies to this situation. While running is of more use in sport, if we haven’t mastered walking we are probably poor runners. I am not advocating that we always begin training athletes from ground zero, each context is different. We must truly understand movement and where the weak link is occurring to train that specific movement from ground zero though.
Creating good movement patterns, and great habits of daily living will double (Science, 2020) the impact of training at the top of the pyramid. So we must spend, not all of our time, but an appropriate amount of time building the foundation.
The appropriate amount of time is however long it takes for our athletes to be good at the movement basics, lifestyle habits, and value the process. Then we can and should progress. However it still all starts with movement basics.