Whether it’s Koga Lite or Koga Kombat that gets your endorphins surging and heart pumping, there are basic principles of human movement that need to be understood in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of our fitness regimen. The reality is that there is never a full mastery of these movement patterns. Whether it is due to an injury, a lifestyle change, a fitness setback, a plateau, or even if we are embarking on a new fitness journey that consists of a vigorous training schedule, we need go back to the basics and reevaluate the foundation for which our current fitness level was built. Practice will always make us better and there is no such thing as achieving physical perfection.

There are 6 basic movement patterns that even the caveman performed daily: Push, Pull, Bend, Twist, Squat and Lunge.

1.    Push: We push objects away from us like shopping carts, baby strollers, furniture and etc. We also push our own body weight away from things like walls and floors.
2.    Pull: We are pulling things toward us when we are wrestling with the garden hose or dragging the laundry bag to the washer. Oh and let’s not forget to mention that anytime we are lifting objects like grocery bags or boxes, we are pulling.
3.    Bend: What do we need to do when we drop something? We bend over and pick it up!
4.    Twist: We rotate our bodies to reach things behind us, to change direction and even to dance.
5.    Squat: When we re position our bodies from standing to sit on the couch or chair, we are squatting.
6.    Lunge: When we step up onto a platform or climb the stairs, we are lunging.

Over the next few weeks we will be providing the basic exercises upon which you can build your fitness regimen.