A Concept Approach – Dan John Human Movements – Fundamental Human Movements
The Body is One Piece
With this new material, strength coach Dan John discusses his current thinking on the fundamental human movements. Here he’s talking not about so much about drills and body parts, but about an overriding concept that covers ideas such as pushing, pulling, hinging and work capacity.
“First and foremost, the body is one piece. You are not a collection of parts. If you get the stomach flu, you probably are not going to squat well that day. If you think a lift is an upper body lift, I’m going to poke a fork in your thigh and see if it really does affect it. You are one piece. You are one magnificent piece and that’s how you are. If you’re ill, it’s going to affect your training. If you broke up with your girlfriend, it’s going to affect your performance. You’re one piece.
“Number two comes to us in several parts, but it will make sense. There are three kinds of strength training—first, putting weight overhead; second, picking it up off the ground; and third, carrying it for time and distance. We put weights overhead. We pick weights up off the ground. We carry weights for a while and that’s a pretty good training program.
“The third point is that all training is complementary—not complimentary, but complementary. Complimentary would be, ‘You look very nice in your outfit today.’ Complementary is, if you’re training in sprinting in one part of your training program, you don’t have to train it somewhere else; that’s all you need. Working on something here carries over to there.” ~Dan John
• Concept First (0:43)
• The Mission Statement of the Get Up (2:18)
• Frankenstein (3:59)
• We Are Not All Built The Same (4:48)
• Integrity and Environment (5:38)
• The Fundamental Human Movements (8:42)
• Push (9:05)
• Pull (10:20)
• The Sixth Movement: Integrity with Environment (11:20)
• Crawling: Engaging the Horizontal Environment (12:17)
• Brachiating: Engaging the Vertical Environment (13:16)
• Loaded Supports (15:06)
• Rib Cage on the Pelvic Bowl: Box on a Bowl (16:38)
• The Kneeling Plank (17:34)
• Hip Instruction Trinity (19:53)
• Hinge vs Squats (23:03)
• Loaded Carries (23:38)
• Abs (27:29)
• Hypertrophy (29:16)
• Explosiveness and Work Capacity (30:03)
• Review of Concepts (33:45)
A prolific writer, Dan is also a life-long competitive athlete, a well-known speaker and a former high school teacher. You’ll enjoy his regular blog writing on his site at danjohn.net and can pepper him with questions in his Q&A section in the IronOnline forum at davedraper.com.
I direct my patients to follow Dan John’s fundamental movement recommendations almost every single day. I cannot recommend this information highly enough. This information can be life changing if implemented into your daily routine.