The Four Pillars of Human Movement

As a personal trainer designing a program for someone to reach their goal there is one thing to always keep in mind.

No one program works for everyone!

I was reading a forum recently that talked about the four pillars of human movement (Juan Carlos Santana, MEd).

These pillars are:

  1. Locomotion (walking, running, walking lunges)
  2. Level Change (squats, stair climbing, step-ups)
  3. Push and Pull (seated row, bench press)
  4. Rotation (wood chops, twist with medicine ball)

The key in developing a program that suits you and your goals is in discovering your own individual area of weakness.

One student, Sarah Warne, from my Equestrian Core Training program, once said “The exercises I find the most difficult are often the ones that, once I practice and my body adjusts and learns to carry out, are actually the exercises that help me the most in achieving my goals on the horse”.

The exercises I find the most difficult are often the ones that, once I practice and my body adjusts and learns to carry out, are actually the exercises that help me the most in achieving my goals on the horse

If you are a horse rider your horse will have a side that he is more comfortable in, and often riders will spend more time going on this rein as it is easier. The horse then becomes imbalanced and this imbalance can even lead to injury.

The same is true for us. The exercises we find more comfortable are often the exercises we do more often, and so our body adapts to these exercises, creating imbalances in our posture and way of moving.

My aim is to create a program for you that will enable you to correct these imbalances over time, nutting out your areas of weakness and giving you the courage to say to your body;

Hey, just because that movement is easy for you, doesn’t mean you don’t have to do the others!

For more information contact us via email to duarte@duartepersonaltraining.com

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