I have been listening to and watching some videos from legendary strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle. Funny man. He says if a movement looks like dog [email protected] then it probably is, so you just gotta fix it if you don’t want to pile strength of top of dysfunction which is the classic train-injure-recover a bit- train – re injure cycle some of you may know.

Anyway, he put up a slide which I suppose I already knew but when it was put the way it was put, it makes you think a little about your own body and why things may have happened the way they have. Basically from the ground up and in alternating order, your joints go like this. Feet stable, Ankles mobile, knees stable, hips mobile, lower back stable, mid back mobile (thoracic spine), shoulders stable, mid neck mobile and neck stable. If you have a lack of mobility in one of the mobile joints, you will likely have a pain or problem in the joint just above or sometimes below. If you have too much movement in a joint that should be stable (e.g. lower back) then you also will likely have problems. I know it has been true for me when I think about my mid back and the recurring issues I have had there, both above and below.  Both Mike Boyle and Gray Cook have elaborated greatly on this and it is not necessarily as simple as I just presented it, but as a starting point can get you thinking more about the whole body than just a narrow single joint view of a problem. This is the reason we are using the Functional Movement Screen by the way because it is about movement not just muscles.

As I have got older this movement issue has got to be more important than anything including big muscles and single digit body fat percentage (not that I really had either of these!). After all if you can’t move well, what can you do? To get the most out of this life this should be most people’s priority. Is your lack of quality movement starting to affect all the good stuff open to you in your life?

Don’t let it!