Dynamic Fitness HPK: Tip of the week – Train like you were born to move or train like a baby

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Trainers Kevin Duenas and Brian Richardson
This week’s Dynamic Fitness “Tip of the Week” comes from trainers Kevin Duenas and Brian Richardson, who can help formulate a workout plan that can help with motor behavior. Valley News/JP Raineri photo

Are you confused about your current workout? Are you unsure what exercises you should be doing? With the amount of misinformation floating around in social media who wouldn’t be. When choosing your next exercise or performance regimen, it’s important to have a basic understanding of human motor behavior. Or simply stated, keep it simple. Choose exercise modalities that people were born to do.

The field of motor behavior may easily be organized into three categories:

1. Motor control – posture

2. Motor learning – Change through repetition

3. Motor Development – Improvement over time

To take it a step further, as toddlers we rolled, crawled, twisted, lunged, squatted, pushed, pulled and walked our way into life. Keep your workouts the same type of activities. To help you better understand how simple this approach is, below are some exercises organized within the categories described above.

Roll/Crawl – Bear crawls, Spiderman crawls, bicycle crunches and planks

Push – Pushups, standing pulley push and bench press

Pull – Back Rows, Pullups and Posture work

Squat – Squats, Deadlift, box jumps

Gait – Lunge variations, step ups, Single Leg work

Yes, it’s that simple. Choose exercises that people were not only born to do, they should have never stopped performing them in the first place. Put a couple of these exercises in your routine to make sure you’re moving in all planes of motion. We will discuss the acute variables of exercise soon.

The trainers at Dynamic Fitness High Performance Kinesiology are movement experts who bridge the gap between science and training. They use biomechanics and applied kinesiology in everything they do with fitness, post-rehab and athlete clients. For more information visit them at www.dfperformance.net or find them on Facebook at DynamicFitnessHPK and on Instagram at @dynamicfitnesshpk.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.