Position is Power
Have you ever watched a marathon at mile 24? It’s crazy to think that some of those people were able to make it that far. Not because they didn’t try hard enough or because they didn’t have the lung capacity, but simply because they didn’t have what I call Position. I can’t help but wonder how the guy who is barely hanging on at mile 24 with over pronation and collapsed knees made it all the way here. Or there is the girl who has the asymmetrical stride with the left foot covering twice as much ground with each stride than the right and the heal driving into the concrete so hard that you can hear it from 20 yards away. How is she still running let alone standing? Well, it's amazing what the human body will put up with. If we don’t put ourselves in a good position to move, our bodies have some creative, and destructive ways of doing it for us. It usually doesn’t end well. My examples from above might make it to mile 26, but not without a blown out achilles or a hole in the knee at some point. Here is the thing…...if you were to watch the same athletes that you watched at mile 24 falling apart, you would have seen the same patterns at mile 1, just at a lesser degree. However you start movement is how you will end it.
This applies to everyone, not just endurance athletes. If we aren’t moving well in the beginning of any movement, I promise that the end of that movement won’t come out well either. The problem is that very seldom do we just do 1 squat, 1 push up, or 1 kettlebell swing. The work load usually is much higher. Even in a single 400 meter run there are about 300 strides. All of this work, under stress and under high repetition, will end up catching up with you at some point, unless you are willing to look at how you are moving. I can usually tell by the start position of any movement how it will turn out in the end. Position is Power because if we can learn to get set up in a good position, we have much greater odds of coming out of that movement unharmed.
Ok, this is the point where you are asking yourself…”sounds great, but how is this gonna help me lose 10lbs.” Well, I'm coming at this from another point of view. I can help you lose 10 lbs, but my point is that unless you learn how to move well first, then you for sure will hit a brick wall at some point and you won’t be able to train and you will gain those 10 lbs back.
It’s not practice that makes perfect. It’s practice that makes permanent. With this understanding, we have to be willing to take a step back and spend some time focusing on how we are moving and continue to make changes in our mechanics in order to train the way we want to train.
This isn’t just for us older people. If we can teach our kids to move well, then they will avoid the same problems that we have as we age. It’s harder and harder to fight injury and recovery takes longer and longer. The key is to take simple movements and execute these simple things in a way that demonstrates perfection, then we can scale these movements up. If I can’t air squat perfectly with full range of motion, then you have to ask yourself if you should throw a barbell on your back and squat under load. I say no, not until you have spent time understanding where your errors in movement are and how to begin to fix them.
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