Monday, May 12, 2008
Universal Recruitment Patterning
If Aliens existed (Clearly they do, Adrian was abducted and given freaky powers after the probing.) and were to examine your muscles, brain, bones, muscle attachments, and joints, they would come up with elemental human movements like the squat, press, deadlift, etc. No one invented the squat, a few hundred thousand generations of human evolution endowed you with a set of hamstrings, glutes, and quads designed to lower your center of gravity and increase your base of support while at the same time being able to generate huge amounts of force (i.e. the Squat, if you didn't recognize it by it's longish other name).
A quick glance at the fitness landscape would have you believe that you are additionally wired to perform the likes of "cable wood chop twists" while sitting on a rubber ball. And you can to be sure, but you were never intended to. Doing so moves you into a lower valence shell of potential fitness efficacy.
The real question is: When and how did we stop moving correctly? When did we start knee bending instead of squatting? Or, at what age did we "decide" to start to heel strike during a casual run down a trampoline in red star leggings? Ask Georgia and she'll say never. Turns out she's wired to have pretty near perfect POSE running technique. Oh, I guess someone didn't invent that fancy running style either. They just invented how to teach it to us again after we'd already forgotten it.
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