Pillar #2: Natural Human Movement is Whole-Body

The idea that a movement would be anything but wholistic makes no sense to Grog, our paleo ancestor. 

Grog would have to lift rocks, fight wild boars, run, jump, climb, and dig - just to make a living. And Grog would have used his entire body as a single unit to accomplish these actions.

It's only our modern world that divides the body in lats and pecs and quads, and sells exercise gear and equipment that targets abs or buns or core.

Total silliness. And dangerous as hell.

Links in a Chain

You're only as strong as your weakest link. So if you can lie down on a machine and bench 300 pounds, you'll injure the hell out of yourself if you try that from a standing position. 

Your back and legs will be like, "WTF?"

My friend Jon Hinds, founder of the Monkey Bar Gym chain, calls this "firing a cannon from a canoe."

Full body movement strengthens and conditions not only the big "vanity muscles" that look good in tank tops and tight jeans, but also the thousands of tiny muscles that stabilize and help us adjust our bodies in space while tackling hard tasks.

And full body movement, done properly, allows us to avoid and correct the imbalances that lead to injury and disability.

What is Full Body Movement?

Think about the humble pushup, probably the best single exercise ever invented. Is it full body?

Yes, totally. 

Even though you're only "using" your arms and chest, you're actually stabilizing your upper back and abdominals, ideally relaxing your shoulders down away from your ears, and breathing in a useful rhythm while you go up and down.

Likewise, squats and leg raises and body raises and yoga and pilates recruit the entire body in the movements, even if the movements themselves are semi-isolated to certain muscle groups.

Tomorrow's Lesson

In tomorrow's lesson, you'll eavesdrop on a segment of the Big Change Program where Josh talks about how to start exercising when you're overweight and out of shape.