Discover a better way to move

By Michelle Manalo, Personal Trainer, Fitness First, Dubai Media City

All of our bodies are designed to move in seven simple patterns. From elite, athlete and toddlers, we all push, pull, lunge, squat, hinge, rotate and walk. In this article I will focus on basic human movement.

This concept might sound easy but it is beneficial to everyone – even to those who don’t normally train in the gym regularly. Based on my extperience, the best way to start the workout is to learn the proper movement and form which will decrease the risk of injury. All the movements that you do throughout the day like: getting into a car, carrying groceries, carrying a baby on your side etc. These movements are called PRIMARY MOVEMENTS.

We begin to develop these shortly after we are born and we continue to depend on them for the duration of our lives. Given that they’re the root of everything we do, you can imagine the negative effects that improper movement can cause. This is why it is important to focus on training these movement patterns rather than training an individual muscle.  If you’re preparing for a bodybuilding competition, a bicep curl might do you good. However, if you’re preparing to take on each and every day of life, training movement patterns is the only way to experience pain-free success. In seven primary movements, we set out to create a program that’s easy to follow, long enough to get results, but short enough to become a daily habit. Remember that these types of movements matter so it’s crucial to pay attention on them.

Seven Primary Movements

All these exercises cover the major body parts. Perform 3-4 sets of 12-15 repetitions focused on the form not on the weights.