BACKGROUND

Better movement

WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN?

The craze in the fitness industry for the past couple of years have been "better movement". Many trainers talk about but hardly anyone has taken the time to provide a definition.

Until now.

DR. KENNETH JAY, PhD DEFINES "BETTER MOVEMENT" AS:

"Increasing ones ability to perceive, process and act to external stimuli coming from the environment with increased efficiency and effortless power"

The [kinetic]CODE is the Movement Code reborn! The Movement Code started back in 2010/2011 with the goal of reevaluating high tension and "stiffness" principles often taught in strength training. Using powerlifting-based principles (e.g. breath-holding, total tension) will severely compromise your ability to most fast with effortless power. Further, locking in the body in a two-dimensional plane (flexion/extension) will limit ones ability to create rotational power.

The [kinetic]CODE is the next step towards understanding the development of motor control and structural biomechanics in the quest for powerful movement, performed with effortlessness.

Strength is NOT the ultimate attribute. If you cannot express that strength and apply it to your surroundings you have no way of affecting what's around you. The application of strength to the environment is POWER. From physics (Power = Force x Velocity) it becomes clear that the slower you go the less power you will be applying to the bar, the opponent or the object.

In order to function in daily activities you need the ability to ABSORB, REDIRECT and AMPLIFY power exerted on you and being able to control that power in a huge range with precision and timing and apply it to your surroundings then becomes the ultimate attribute!

From Energy to Efficiency

FACTS OF PHYSICS

Energy is the driving force in the Universe. Everything we do is related to energy changing form when we interact with objects (e.g. shopping bags, our car, the computer, the stove, a baseball bat or a barbell etc.) or other people. When we exert energy on something (e.g. lifts a kettlebell), the chemical energy from the food we have eaten have been stored as glycogen and fat and is readily available to be used as ATP, which is the driving energy behind movement. Thus, chemical energy has been converted to kinetic energy.

The relevant facts of physics are explored below. You can read about thermodynamics, Newtonian physics, neurology, and biomechanics.

 

[1] THERMODYNAMICS

Thermodynamics defines 3 laws of energy behavior in closed systems, which are described in brief below. The 1st law is of primary concern when understanding what drives movement and the 2nd and 3rd law are of less importance. Nevertheless a description is included to provide the complete picture (and to spark and interest in physics:)

 

1st Law of Thermodynamics

ENERGY CONSERVATION

2nd Law of Thermodynamics

INCREASING ENTROPHY

3rd Law of Thermodynamics

THE LIMITING BEHAVIOR OF SYSTEMS

[2] NEWTONIAN PHYSICS

Newtonian physics