Human movement is a universal language and an integral part of our evolution.
Over millennia humans have evolved from nomadic hunter gatherers to live a largely sedentary lifestyle. The rise of technology has seen physical culture become a thing of the past and we’re paying the price. In the absence of physical work (and in some cases, in addition to) people around the world walk into gym’s in search of strength and fitness. Despite the plethora of options available, for most, the search for strength and fitness begins and ends within the four walls of their gym.
In my opinion this is one of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen people make, irrespective of their experience level. At Burley we place a huge emphasis on the way we move and understanding the bodies response to different stimuli. That movement skill then translates into strength gains and reduced risk of injury.
This new found skill is only useful for as long as you are aware of it. If, like many before you, you walk out the gym and immediately forget everything you’ve learned you’re in for a bad time. I’ve seen plenty of people who exhibit a reasonably high level of coordination and movement skill inside the gym who then fall to pieces once they leave the gym.
At Burley we’re not just teaching you how to lift weights. We aim to teach you how to move like the human you are. It just so happens that one of the safest and most effective ways to teach and reinforce these fundamental movement patterns is using a barbell. In this case the barbell is just a vehicle.
The gym environment is a great place to teach you how to move and let you explore the capability of your body. It’s safe, symmetrical and easily scaled. This means you’re learning can follow a well structured progression from bare bones basics to the more advanced iterations of the movements we use.
What’s the problem with this you ask? Well, dear reader, here’s the thing… life isn’t safe, symmetrical and easily scaled. Ever tried to pick up a 20kg bag of concrete? It feels a whole lot heavier than a nice, symmetrical 20kg plate does in the gym.
That’s where the role of self awareness comes in. If you know how to deadlift then you have a fundamental archetype for how to pick anything heavy up off the floor. The problem happens when you bend over and pick something up without thinking about how you move.
Why should picking up that pen you just dropped look any different to your deadlift? Sure you probably don’t need heavy metal music, a slap to the face and a large hit of ammonia to pick up a pen. That doesn’t mean you can organise your spine, hinge your hips and maintain a neutral torso while you’re picking up the pen.
Every movement you make is a chance to better connect with the signals your body is sending to your brain. Being conscious of how your body feels and moves will help prevent injuries inside and outside the gym. Don’t be that guy or girl who can deadlift 200kg that blows a disk wiping their arse.
The hours you spend in the gym are meant to have a positive impact upon your life outside. If, once you leave the gym, you completely forget everything you’ve just learned you’re opening yourself up to a much greater injury risk AND you’re missing the point.
Life begins when you walk out that door.
Until next time,