What Does It Mean To Move Your Body Through Space?

I already wrote about my home strength training plan and I feel like I’ve settled into a routine with it now.

I’ve always found bodyweight training and calisthenics a lot more challenging than lifting weights.

I tend to lack the coordination, flexibility, motor control and balance to really get the same benefit out of a lot of the movements.

Which is also why I’ve tended to go for weights instead.

Challenge Time

Here’s the weird thing.

I feel like I get a more intense workout with weights because I’m used to the movements and it doesn’t challenge those other things I mentioned – coordination, flexibility, and all that – anywhere near as much.

However when I really focus on those bodyweight movements, I start to feel better. I can feel my tight joints opening up, I have the intuition to understand which muscle groups are holding me back and it gives me the feedback to improve on them.

Moving The Body Through Space

I don’t need anyone to point out that you don’t get better at something unless you practice it and are consistent with it.

When it has come to fitness though, I’ve been more focused on putting my time and energy into whatever gives me the more intense workout.

This has usually meant all weights plus some spin bike plus some running on the treadmill.

Everything else kind of got ignored, aside from 1-2 yoga sessions per week and some occasional stretching.

What I failed to really appreciate however was how much your motor skills and your ability to move your body impact on your ability to lift weights.

It hit home when I read an Instagram post from a trainer I have followed for a while, about the importance of being able to move the body and how he isn’t letting his son lift weights or focus on isolation moves like bicep curls and ab crunches because they have very little benefit compared to movement control.

And he’s the one that summed it up with the words, “being able to move the body through space.”

In other words, instead of staying static and getting your weights or resistance to move around you, using your body as your training tool and moving it around.

That Was Exactly What I Needed To Hear

I have spent years talking about my own lack of flexibility, coordination and core strength while never really doing anything proactive about.

Especially with core, I focused almost entirely on isolation moves instead of how it supports me overall.

Yet somehow the words “move your body through space” – or at least hearing those words, made things really click for me.

That was what I need to really focus on doing.

I’d be able to replicate the intensity of my weight training when I ironed out the limitations in my body.

I’d probably be able to train better with weights as well because I’d have a flexible, stable and stornger foundation to work from.

So Here Is The Plan

At the time of writing this, gyms are still closed in the UK but will be opening again in a week.

So I will need to (or get to?) adapt my training yet again.

I’m actually going to stick to the bulk of my strength training plan, but maybe with a little bit less volume.

In case you need a refresher, it is going to be:

Back/Shoulders

  • Pull Ups
  • Pike Push Ups
  • TRX Inverted Rows
  • Sandbag Lateral Raises

Legs/Chest

  • Pistol Squats
  • Weighted Push Ups
  • 1 Leg Deadlifts
  • Dips

So mostly bodyweight movements with some weighted things added in.

I’ll do a couple of Peloton core strength classes as well.

Adding In Some Cardio

I loved Peloton cycle and their treadmill runs so with access to commercial gym equipment again, I’ll be able to get back into that.

They’ll definitely fit in on my non-strength days but I will probably do some shorter variations on my strength days as well if I can fit them in.

What Else?

I will be doing some yoga at least twice a week and ideally 3-4 days a week – again, from the Peloton app.

Aside from that, I invested in a couple of programmes from a company called GMB a few years ago and they’re all about moving better and bodyweight strength. So I will be incorporating those too.

Plus 1 day of complete rest.

So This Is What My Moving Body Through Space Schedule Is Looking Like

I’m definitely doing that thing again where I over-reach and get overwhelmed and give up but I’ll try to be more measured with it.

Monday:

  • Back/shoulders strength
  • Core strength
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton run
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

Tuesday:

  • Leg/chest strength
  • Core strength
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton cycle
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

Wednesday:

  • Peloton run
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton yoga
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

Thursday:

  • Back/shoulders strength
  • Core strength
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton run
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

Friday:

  • Leg/chest strength
  • Core strength
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton cycle
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

Saturday:

  • 45-60 minute Peloton yoga
  • 15k steps

Sunday:

  • Peloton cycle
  • 12k steps
  • Peloton yoga
  • GMB – 30 minutes Elements, 30 minutes Integrated Strength

When I lay it out like that, I guess it isn’t all that much.

When I do it though and try to plan my day and schedule it all in around my panic-driven business and job-hunting drive, it might be a different matter.

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About Abhi

I'm Abhi. I started this site because I had a rough few months in 2020 and knew I wasn't alone in that. I'm just here to spread some health, wellness and positivity. I try to be annoyingly wholesome and nice because I have no other redeeming qualities but oh well, there you go.