I want to talk to you guys today about training movement patterns before adding external load to the body. 

I have been training clients for over 13 years and in my experience, even though the knowledge of the average client is growing, I still always get the client who wants to run before they can walk.

First and foremost; all exercise is a form of movement. It seems to be disguised when we add a form of resistance, load or weight.  People, including trainers, sometimes forget this or never think of it this way.  Take a moment to think about the following:

You have an average guy who walks into a dance studio and tells the instructor that they would like to learn how to dance.  The instructor asks, “Have you ever danced before?”  He replies with, “Yes of course, I have danced at clubs, weddings, around the house when it is empty and I watch dancing with the stars every week....also my friend is a dancer and showed me what he does.”

If the dance world acted the same way as the training world, the guy walking into the dance studio would be buying a pair of tap shoes and performing in a recital that weekend.

Imagine a client comes to you with the same situation and a similar description of their exercise experience....what would you do with them?

Imagine putting your client on display, getting them to perform exercises in front of a panel of fitness experts to be judged.  What would you do differently?

The fact is if trainers were held accountable for their progress and/or results we would have a very different personal training industry.

If we trained the client how to move before we put weights in their hands they would have greater potential to become stronger, faster and more efficient.  Training movement is not hard and is well documented.

What you want to do is break down basic movements: squat, push, pull, bend and twist.  These are basic primal movements that are involved in every exercise.  These exercises should be taught before the client is lifting weights. 

To learn more about primal movements and teaching basic movement patterns just google it and practice on your friends, family and yourself.  There are a lot of resources out there; respectably Paul Chek and Gray Cook have done some great work with this subject. 

Good Luck and Happy Training!

By Dan Jackson

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