Paul Chek identified 6 Primal Movement Patterns that are essential to all workout programs. These include the lunge, the pull, the push, the bend (aka the deadlift), the squat, and the twist. These are considered primal as they were essential to survival for our early ancestors.
Although no longer essential to our survival, learning these movement patterns and their variations are essential to keeping us injury free and moving better. “When someone cannot efficiently perform any of the Primal Pattern movements at a level of subconscious competency, there are almost always injuries lurking, if not already present.”-Paul Chek
When designing your own workout program, consider the following; what you do for a living and what activities you enjoy in your spare time. How can the Primal Movement Patterns help you perform better at work, at home or at play? Using the example of a new mother, chances are pretty good you perform quite a few tasks while holding your child. A good way to help make you stronger is to do the squat while holding a heavy medicine ball close to your chest.
If you were to drop something, how do you go about retrieving it? Do you squat down or do you bend forward putting your back in a weakend positon? This is another great way to teach yourself how to effectively and safely perform an everyday task while avoiding injury. An excellent example of this was at Christmas and watching my best friend pull the 27 pound turkey out of the oven repeatedly for me to baste. If she wasn’t as proficient at the deadlift as she is, this would probably have been a difficult lift.
Learning each movement properly is key at the beginning of a new workout program. With the help of a Personal Trainer, bad habits that have been developed over the years can be eliminated, as well as ensuring form and posture are correct during each movement.
As you master each of the Primal Movement Patterns, you will notice a marked improvement in how well you move and feel. Add them to your workout today!