The 3 Biggest Myths of Better Movement
Let's be real. If you have a body, it gives you a bit of grief from time to time:
You might wake up stiff & achy.
Your hips & back are tight no matter how much you stretch.
There's that one nagging injury that won't totally go away.
What if I told you that there are two simple exercises that help your body hit "reset" on years of tension? Imagine feeling in control of your body again, like you did when you were a kid. You don't have to second-guess yourself or go through lengthy warm-ups just to find a bit of relief. You naturally move with ease, and nagging pains are a thing of the past.
Sounds nice, right?
It's simpler than you think. I'll teach you how!
For years I felt the same way
These days I'm known as "the movement guy", but I've been through my fair share of injuries & set-backs. I used to follow all of the conventional advice about exercise (I wanted to look like Wolverine...didn't happen), and I put my body through a lot of unnecessary stress. And to combat my aches & stiffness I went to yoga 4 times per week, I foam rolled, I did everything I could!
But that took up a LOT of time, and it got me nowhere.
Of course I inevitably injured myself, and when I pushed my recovery too hard, I injured myself yet again.
It was frustrating & depressing.
But I was curious: I read about people who came back from massive injuries even more functional than before. They were capable of incredible athleticism, and had impressive flexibility to boot. What was their secret?
It turns out that they were playing a totally different game. See, I was obsessed with the muscular side of the body. But the more I read, the more I realized: I was missing half the story!
I was so focused on the muscles, totally ignoring the fact that muscles are only one piece of the puzzle. When I took a more integrated approach to my training routine, I bounced back almost overnight. I hit new levels of strength & flexibility in a fraction of the time and found a way to keep myself injury-free even as I push myself further & further. Most importantly: I found ease & comfort in my body again.
I've been using this approach for years now, not just on myself but with my students as well. And time & time again I've seen it work with great results!
One student was able to stop going to physical therapy, finally move his arm without pain, and start handstands of his own! Another was able to get back to his golf game just in time for a ProAm tournament. And another broke free of months of depression after suffering a potentially career-ending injury.
It's amazing what happens when you start working with the body, instead of against it.
But along the way I had to get past some pretty major hurdles. There's a lot of misinformation out there about how to get ourselves moving better. Some of the biggest mistakes?
Myth #1: "Foam Roll & Massage It Away"
Sure, they feel good. But are they making a difference? Are they really helping the root cause of pain & dysfunction? Not really.
Think of it this way: last time you foam rolled or got a massage, it probably felt really good afterwards. Maybe even a few hours later. But the next day you're right back where you started...what's up with that?
As good as a massage may feel, it deals with only one facet of the body: the soft tissues. But your body is a complex interwoven web of muscles, bones, & nerves. Not to mention fluids, organs, and all the rest! To truly restore our natural function we need to look not only at the muscles, but at the big picture of the body. We need to see how all of these various pieces work together. Consider this: every time you move (even reflexively) you're seeing a coordinated effort of nervous system directing the movement, muscles acting as the engine, and bones providing leverage. If these various components don't play nicely together, we've got problems.
See there's no isolated dysfunction in the body. Aches & pain tell us that there is a problem, but they don't really tell us where the problem is, or even what the nature of the problem is. We often need to take a step back and look at the function of the whole system. I see this all the time in my private practice: back pain stemming from injuries in the feet, hip pain coming from a locked neck, and more!
Myth #2: "More Is BetteR"
We’re beat over the head with this one. We think that if some is good, more must be better. But when we fall prey to this, we risk building on top of a weak, shaky foundation. Before logging countless miles, going to class after class, or lifting more weight in the gym, we need to focus on quality over quantity.
Quantity will come, but not without quality. If you move well, you can move often. If you don't, you're asking for repeat injury & frustration.
By all means, you can go for more, more, more, but that’s a sure-fire way to end up like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Instead, let’s focus on the fundamentals of our movement, ensuring that we've mastered the basics. Before hitting a huge bench press, can you do a pushup? Before running a marathon, can you balance on one leg? It sounds silly, but these fundamental movements are like the ABCs of movement. We have to know & own our ABCs before writing words, sentences, and novels.
And the most harmful myth of all?
Myth #3: "No Pain, No Gain"
This drives me nuts. But if you're like me, you've probably heard it your whole life. I certainly thought that that's how things worked. When I started out, I thought that if a little muscle soreness was a good thing, then pain was a great thing.
*Cue face palm*
This whole "No Pain, No Gain" mindset goes completely against the more recent findings of neuroscience. Yep, your brain plays a crucial role in your movement. The scary thing is: when you push into pain, you can actually learn to be in pain. There's a strange rule in the brain that says "patterns that fire together wire together". So if you go to squat & it hurts, you're teaching your brain to associate squats & pain. And it'll remember that even after your injury has totally healed! When it comes to moving better, pain is never a good thing. What should we do instead? Reduce intensity. Move slowly & with attention. Learn to recognize the patterns that got you injured in the first place.
You simply gotta get your brain working with your body if you want meaningful results.
The conventional approach to exercise treats like body like a big bag of meat. Not good.
There's so much more to the story. We need to look at the whole puzzle for true health & function. We need to see how your body's hardware & software work together for strength, flexibility, and ease. If we don't, we risk doing more harm than good.
We need to take a step back from the conventional approach of modern fitness & physical therapy if we want to move better, get stronger, & find more ease in our bodies.
Introducing: The Better Movement Blueprint
To help you understand what's really going on under the hood, I've put together an online video course with the most practical steps to unlock flexibility & ease. It's a crash course in syncing your body's software & hardware, designed to help you improve your movement from the inside out. I call it The Better Movement Blueprint.
As you go through these video modules you'll learn:
- One rule that governs everything from strength to flexibility
- Why seemingly "permanent" injuries don't have to be a life sentence.
- The 2 necessary exercises to tune up your mind & body.
- A daily practice for huge gains in mobility & function.
- And much more!
What other students are saying
"Before working together I suffered and struggled with pain in my shoulder from an injury years before and was plagued with an ever-present dull ache. The movements you taught me are completely different than I was doing on the "machines" in the gym. Not only were they easier on my body, they provided results with much less time to complete. Biggest takeaway is "more" does not always mean better. There is no need to beat yourself up and spend hours on end. Having the knowledge and understanding of how the body works makes all the difference and this is what you provide to your students in a simple and effective way. Crazy thing is that when I started training with you I was sure I wasn't doing enough to get the results I needed. Wrong! Amazing what can happen when you are taught how and why the body works. **Mind officially blown!!**" - Nate Forman
"My body was limited in what it could do even when I had the desire to be more active. As I continue in this endeavor, I am able to do more physically then any time in my life. I am more active. I move better. I am stronger, healthier, and I'm not limited by my knee pain. If anyone is considering making a change, especially if you're experiencing physical pain, it is definitely worth trying! It has changed my quality of life, and I only wish I began sooner!" - Michelle Pastore
"As a massage therapist for over 15 years...I had some pain and discomfort located in my left elbow akin to golfer’s elbow that was really affecting some massage sessions and ability to work. Through this process, I noticed that it has really improved. In my everyday life I have become even more in tune & aware with every movement, recruiting just enough tension rather than more than is necessary, whether it is sitting at a desk, massaging a client, practicing yoga, driving a car, etc. I think one of the big takeaways is that this is an exciting exploration into the vast frontiers of one's own body-mind consciousness." - William Bennet
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'm so busy. Do I have time for this?
If your schedule gets hectic, don't worry. You'll have access to all course material (& future updates) for life. And as you'll see in the course, these movements are surprisingly accessible. They'll take very little extra time out of your day.
How is this different from yoga or other exercises?
This course is designed to give you more than a handful of techniques. As you go through the video modules you'll learn the why behind each step, putting you behind the wheel.
Do I need any equipment or a gym membership?
You may want a mat for some of the movements, but it's not a requirement. All you really need is your body!
I'm not very patient. Will I see quick results?
Past students have seen noticed big changes on day one. But for even more progress you'll want to give yourself a couple of weeks to work through the lessons.