Make Sense of Your Movement
The simple science behind movr – our 3 x 5 x 7 model
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Humans are complex creatures. Each of us has a unique history and an ever-evolving lifestyle that determines what we need to feel good. At the same time, our bodies are all designed to function the same way, and there are certain principles that dictate the way we all move.
Harnessing these principles allows movr to adjust to your needs, while always delivering a balanced combination of movements to get you moving your best.
The 3 Principles of Movement
1. Your Body has 3 Ranges of Motion
You can move side to side, forward and back, or in rotation. That’s pretty much it*! These 3 ranges of motion exist throughout your entire body, and occur in each and every joint.
* you can also move up and down (i.e. jump), but to do that depends on your other ranges of motion
2. Your Body Moves in 5 Patterns
Within our existing ranges of motion, our bodies move in 5 main patterns:
- We can squat (sit on a toilet)
- We can lunge (go up or down stairs)
- We can hinge (bend over to pick something up)
- We can push (walk through a door), and
- We can pull (pull open a door)
Pretty well every movement a human can make – no matter how simple or complex – is covered by some combination of these 5 movement patterns and 3 ranges of motion.
3. Every Movement Falls Within 7 Levels of Stress
Every movement you make requires a certain degree of mental energy, or “stress” on your nervous system. The more input a movement sends to your brain, the more difficult it is for your body to successfully complete it.
You can think about this movement stress on a scale of 1-7. Level 1 are simple, approachable movements – like lying on your back, gently stretching; whereas Level 7 are complex, challenging movements – like those an Olympian might use for strength training.
Fortunately, the human body is very adaptable. The more you practice a movement, the more your brain is able to accept the associated level of stress, and the better you’re able to successfully complete it without strain. That’s what training is all about!
So, why should you care?
Most ‘custom-built’ digital trainers still prescribe activities for you without ever knowing how you currently move – or how much stimulus your nervous system can handle.
Think of it this way: if you haven’t been training like an NFL linebacker for a few years, your body probably isn’t prepared for a workout that promises you will “get strong like a linebacker”.
You might get sweaty and mistake pain for gain, but you’ll probably also leave full of aches and wondering how you’ll ever manage to stick to this gruelling routine.
How is movr different?
We assess your starting point and continue to measure your movement, so that we know what you’re capable of – and you do too. This enables movr to adapt as you change, so we always deliver a balanced load of movements that are suitable to your specific level.
We help you develop functional strength and mobility throughout your entire body. Every session is intentionally designed to get you moving within all 3 ranges of motion, all 5 movement patterns and at a level of stress that enables healthy progress, not discomfort or dejection.
It’s a balanced and personalized approach that sets you up for success, no matter how you choose to move through life. If you really are an NFL linebacker – great, we’ve got something for you. But if you’re not, movr is tailored to meet your needs and get you moving your best, wherever you’re starting from.
movr is free.