We are about movement and creating a culture around it. We have a different view of training. What we do is not radically different from the norm, but the “why” is. The question is where do athletes fit into this picture? How does this fit into the sport picture? Firstly everyone should strive to be an athlete. Aside from that the question still remains how does movement culture and sport relate? How does sport fit into movement culture and vice versa?
We defined movement culture here a while back, if you don’t want to read the full version. Here is the short definition
“Movement Culture is about the people. Its people interested in learning more about the body, their own bodies. Its people who want to learn about health, longevity, human performance and the expression of the human body and all the things that relate to it.
It is about the thought process and philosophies behind moving and being better at what you do. Most importantly it is about ACTION. It is about doing, its moving, it’s improving.”
How does this affect how we approach our sport and being a sports person?
Movement is an aspect of performance. Performance is influenced by many factors like nutrition, mind-set and lifestyle. To perform well you have to be good in the specific skills of your sport but there are also general qualities that you have to excel in. You don’t excel in each quality equally. Some athletes are better in some areas more than others. Improving these can lead to improvements in performance.
So what are they?
This is a very simplified breakdown. In my normal programming that I use with the athletes I train it can become more detailed but these the essentials.
Strength: How much force you can put out in a movement
Speed/ Power: How fast you execute a movement/sequence of movements
Endurance: For how long you can repeatedly perform the movements/sequences
Mobility: The ability to move through a full range of motion
Reaction: How you respond to a stimulus
Timing: Reacting to a situation and acting in the best way possible
Efficiency: Getting the best outcome with the least amount of work (relates to timing)
Movement vocabulary: The amounts of varied movements you can execute.
Think of it like speaking. If you only knew 10 words you wouldn’t be able to express yourself very well. The more words you know the better you can speak and get your message across. It is the same with movement.
Compensation/Adjustment: John Welbourn a former NFL player and Strength and conditioning coach said it “the best athletes are the ones who can compensate and adapt the best”. It is that athletes ability to adapt to the situation be it what is happening on the field or in his or her own body due to physical limitations or injury and still get the outcome that they want that sets them apart.
Mind-set: The ability to handle discomfort, being able to stay calm in a stressful situation. Being able to flip the mental on off switch.
All these things above are highly trainable and are essential in performance training. How you apply these; for most of them it is dependent on the sport that you are training for and your current level of training. So what we are going to do is highlight some of those areas and give you tools to help you improve in them. Next week we get into it.
We are going to start with mind-set, this is not going to be that hold hands and talk about your feelings shit. This is going to be hard work. It’s going to be challenges that push you into deep water. The idea is win or learn. There is no lose. So keep an eye on the site, the follow up to this is going to drop soon. Better yet, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, to keep up to date with what is happening on the site.
Keep moving and improving.
By Llewellyn Morkel