The Movement Method literally, does exactly what is says on the tin, it is all about movement. It’s a concept of moving in different ways, moving often, and just challenging your body. It’s getting yourself thinking about which areas are tight, which areas aren’t strong or which areas aren’t stable or mobile, and learning how to move better.
Thats it, literally.
And that can be applied to anything.
If you’ve got an injury, 9 times out of 10 the injury has come from being stuck, stuck in the same positions for too long, for example you sit in a car, you sit at a desk, a table when you eat, the car on the way home, you sit at home, you stay stuck, you don’t move. If you go to the gym, you sit on an exercise bike, an weights machine or whatever, you’re just stuck in these pathways that are precursors to injury.
If you climb a lot, and you don’t warm up properly, you don’t stretch, you overuse or you’re consistently using the same muscles in the same movements, again and again and again and again, your body gets efficient in those movements, you get tight and then you get specific injuries. They come in the shoulder, come in the elbow, come in the forearm, and you get broken.
Movement will reverse all of that, it will keep your body guessing, it will keep you learning, it will keep you the way we have evolved to be.
Say you want to get stronger or you can’t get into a body position, movement will help you learn what it is that your body needs to do to get into those positions. For example, if you’re trying to do a rockover and you’re tight in the hips, maybe tight in the hamstrings, by doing different types of movement you will learn the areas that are tight, you can then go and do a load of muscle release, a load of stability work and then you can put it back into your climbing and you will feel freer, it will feel easier to get into that body position.
If you want to get stronger, then again, because we spend so much time in these kind of fixed positions and fixed movement pathways, the muscles are worked, they therefore breakdown as they heal and get stronger, but the also get tighter. If all you do by moving is create more mobility and flexibility in a muscle then the amount it can contract increases, the relative load decreases and your movement becomes more efficient. Therefore, you have a greater capacity for strength. It’s also a brilliant way of incorporating, your strength training and your movement training. The more you move the quicker you recover, you flush out all the toxins, all of the crap out of the body.
So literally, that is the movement method. It’s all about using movement to help you achieve your goals.
We do that in 5 ways:
We look at Challenge, because it needs to be a challenge for your body and for you to have something to work towards and have a goal.
It needs to be Playful, so we look at making movement fun, making whatever it is that you’ve got to go and do, something that you enjoy. We do this for two reasons, firstly that’s going to keep you doing it and secondly it’s going to make you want to do it. It was never boring running around a playground or playing tag or something like that, its fun!
The third step is looking at what I call Function or Equilibrium, so we want to try and get your body back to a point of balance, and particularly if we’re looking at something very specific like climbing performance, then actually we want the pyramid of you, your pyramid of strength to be really broad at the base, so we have a really good quality of movement, and technical understanding and all that kind of stuff and then on top of that we build the strength, then on top of that we build the climbing specific strength, and it needs to be in that pyramid, rather than the other way up. If its the other way up, you’re going to get broken and you’re not going to achieve what it is you want to achieve.
That leads us nicely into Performance, because if we haven’t got that base, that function, that equilibrium at the bottom then we are never going to be able to build a high level of performance. Now that could be that you’re climbing 6a and you want to climb 6c, it could be that you’re aspiring to get onto a GB National Team or something like that, whatever the performance that you want is, we’ve got to make sure that the base and the pyramid is appropriate to allow you to achieve that.
Lastly, it comes down to Education, education from me to you. Whether that’s because you’re a climbing coach or because you want to know more about yourself, its all about education, because with all the will in the world, I could see you for an hour a week, 3 hours a week but it is literally only that, 1 hour, 3 hours whatever, there’s 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and if I can educate you on what it is that you need to go away and do, then two things happen. Firstly you take ownership of that fact and secondly you can go away and put the time in, and you can do that. The people who are able to put that time and effort in, they’re the people who are going to achieve their goals the quickest.
That is literally it, that is The Movement Method!
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