Q&A Video #5: Should I keep breaking down movements once I’ve learned them?

Transcript of video:

Hi guys! Today I’m answering a question that I get frequently, which is: should I keep breaking down the movements once I’ve learned them?

If you’re doing my online program, you know that this question refers to exercises that I teach in small parts, and then put together into the full body movement. One example of this is the Back Lift, in which I teach the elbow lift, the head lift, the elbow and head lift together, the leg lift, and then put it all together into the full movement. Another example is the Side Curl, in which I teach the upper body and leg movement separately before I put it together. Another example is the Washcloth, in which I teach just the upper body twisting movement first before I add in the lower body movement.

So, my answer to this question is yes. You don’t need to break down these movements every time you practice them, but the individual elements of the movements are really effective exercises on their own. They allow you to work with smaller areas of your body and really focus on small groups of muscles. If you do the individual elements of the movement first, you’ll get more benefit from the full-body movement when you put it all together.

And, if you always practice just the full-body movement and not the individual elements, you may be missing out on the opportunity to address tension and imbalances in your body. You may not even notice these smaller areas of tension because you’re so focused on doing the big, full-body movement. Doing the individual elements of these movements allows you to improve your internal awareness of your movement patterns and refine your control of your full-body patterns.

So, I hope that was helpful! Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time!