Make this simple change to movements you’re probably already doing, and you’ll feel a difference instantly. If you’re looking to make your stale training more dynamic, read this!
In life, the majority of our movement is done with what’s called a “gait pattern.”
Most or all of our body weight is on one leg, while the opposite leg is traveling. With each step, the position of the entire body changes. Your foot position changes your pelvic position, which changes your spinal position, which changes your shoulder position. They’re all interconnected through layers of connective tissue.
This is the norm everywhere except the gym, where more often than not, we put two feet on the ground, two hands on the weight, and push like that’s the most natural thing in the world—often while sitting.
For years, I trained in this conventional bodybuilding style, which helped me to add muscle, but often left me feeling stiff, lethargic, and anything but athletic throughout the day. Only once I started making my training match the way I move did I discover the type of results and athleticism I had always wanted.
Despite what some will say, making training more “functional” or athletic doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here are four moves you may already be doing, but which can be made better and more effective by the simple addition of a strategic step. Plug them into your program and prepare to be surprised.
1. Forward-Step Chest Press