Movement Pattern 5: Stand on One Leg

This is kind of a fun one:  Can you stand on one leg? Not only stand on one leg and have that leg support you, but also lift the opposite leg up to 90 degrees (like the pictures shows).  It should be done with shoes off, though (unlike the picture). Once in this position, can you: Stay up tall?  Not let your leg drop or brace against the stance leg Not move…

Movement Pattern 4: Rotation

Look behind you.  Your head, neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, lower legs, ankles and feet ALL have to move.  Movement Pattern 3: Rotation, can be limited in so many different places.  Not only that, you are moving in a new plane of motion – you aren’t just moving forward or backward like the previous movement patterns.  The term rotation was chosen carefully…it is NOT twisting. We have a ton of ability to…

Movement Pattern 3: Extension

Lean back…Today we are going to talk about Movement Pattern 3: Extension.   This is always a tricky movement.  First, there is A LOT going on here.  Second, people generally do not like to arch their backs like the picture shown.  We feel a little out of control, are afraid of pinching and grabbing-type pain, don’t feel stable/balanced, or just feel kind of stuck.  As always, let’s simplify the movement first. …

Movement Pattern 2: Flexion

 We are moving on to Movement Pattern 2: Flexion.  This pattern seems like you are testing an age old question…can you touch your toes?  It is a nice benchmark, but there is much more to it than that.  Look at everything that is moving to allow you to bend forward: Head/neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles.  All of that has to move, but also has to stabilize to keep you…

Movement Pattern 1: The Neck

Today, we are going to cover Movement Pattern 1: The Neck…it all starts here.  Think about watching an infant move.  The very first thing they learn(after eye movement) is head and neck control.  The reason is simple – Our bodies follow where our heads go.  That is why wrestlers grab around the head/neck, basketball players use head fakes and driver’s education instructors tell students to not turn the wheel when they…