“All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on their bodies. It is both a human right and a responsibility to understand how your body works.”
(Kelly Starrett, Becoming a Supple Leopard. 49).
Optimize Human Movement
“Goals and contingencies, as I’ve said are important. But they exist in the future and the past, beyond the pale of the sensory realm. Practice, the path of mastery, exists only in the present. You can see it, hear it, smell it, feel it”
George Leonard, "Mastery" (48)
Movement Mastery is a philosophy of always willing and wanting to improve. A mindset of being grateful for the movements that you can do, but also, conscious of your limits and always striving to be capable of more.
There is always a next step up or down. Movement is a constant journey of progression and regression. You have to obtain the ability to perform basic movements before you can move to more complex exercises. If an exercise or movement is too difficult or not properly completes, then dropping the ego and taking a necessary step back is crucial to long term success. In gymnastics, when a skill is not completed consistently or safely, a gymnast needs to regress down and break down the movements into simpler drills or specific exercises to strengthen the desired movement pattern.
This training philosophy should be no different in training for everyday life. We are built to move. From the moment we are born on this earth, the human body is destined to grow and adapt to the demands placed upon it. We learn to crawl, walk, run, sprint, jump, lift, throw, carry, climb, swing, and flip. Our movement potential with our given physiology and biomechanics is infinite. We can always train our body to be capable of more. You are on a path, whether you realize it or not. A path of delcline, and movement deficits, or a path towards training your body to be able to do more. You are in control. We are here to help.