Saturday, October 15, 2011

Getting Back To Primal

According to the Chek Institute there are seven movement patterns, called 'primal' because they were key to the development and survival of early man. They are essential to performing activities of daily living and in preventing injury. Incorporate a few at a time or all of them into your exercise program. They are: squat, lunge, bend, push, pull, twist, and gait (meaning three different speeds: walking, jogging, and sprinting). For example, combine two patterns to create a lunge with a cable pull or a squat with a push. This will better facilitate your upper body communicating with your lower body which is more functional to the way we live. You are better off never using a bench for exercises - so use it to hold your keys, phone, and towel. Instead, incorporate the physio ball (or Swiss ball) into your program which activates the stabilizers of the spine and pelvis (core) and improves motor skills and balance. For more information regarding functional exercises and primal patterns contact us at