Friday, May 19, 2017

You are how you move

Squatting Facets
Last week I said that your ancestry can say a lot about how you squat. That's only half of the story. The other half is that your body adapts to how you move (or don't move). Your body is designed to conserve resources wherever it can. That means muscles that don't get used atrophy (no need to spend energy keeping that muscle around); bones that don't get used will weaken (exercise is better than calcium for osteoporosis); skin that's unused gets thin and weak (you get callouses on your feet and hands when you use them for real work).

In our modern, inactive society it's important to do some form of strength training. You need to use your muscles so that they don't atrophy, and you need to load your bones so that they keep growing strong. But what happens the other 23 hours outside the gym?

Look at your day - how much varied movement do you get? Do you load your body in many different patterns throughout the day? Do you sleep in a soft and comfortable bed then get up and sit down at a table for breakfast then sit down in your car and drive to work then sit down in your office all day then sit down in your car to drive to the gym then try to squat? What happens? I bet you struggle to get good depth and struggle to keep your back straight. If your body is used to sitting and lying down all the time, it doesn't build the muscles (and the muscles don't build the bone) to move properly.

Try to move your body all day in varied positions. Doing the same thing all day will tell your body to take the easy way out. You should find this happen naturally as you get stronger. Your body will want to move and get that dynamic feedback - ask the folks in my office, I can't sit still during a meeting.

Much of aging comes from a misunderstanding of the effect of comfort. - Antifragile



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

front squat 5-3-2-3x2

Accessory/Skill

2 TGUs between strength sets

Group Workout

squat 8x3/1:00



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