My task today is to write about movement philosophy, and it’s not been easy.
Maybe it’s because where my head is currently at given I started writing this whilst sat in a hospital waiting room. Around a month ago I got a tiny scratch on my leg. Some nasties found their way in there and kicked off a pretty raucous party that lasted over a week. They paid no notice to the initiation of eviction proceedings sent in the form of antibiotics so some doctors thought it best to knock me out and go to war with a scalpel. I woke up to find an alarmingly sized hole in my leg and the news of a lengthy healing process.
Whilst this has been going on I’ve been struggling with some inflammation of my supraspinatus tendon. There is some history here but the short story is that I ignored the warning signs, carried on training and then dramatically underloaded my system whilst on holiday. Tendons like consistency and gradual changes. Dropping volume off a cliff was not a great idea, but in my defence, I didn’t have a lot of choice and I didn’t know what was lying in wait. I’ve had shoulder issues in the past but this was on my ‘good’ side and not something I’ve experienced before. We all live and learn right?!
Movement and I haven’t spent much time together recently. My lower body is out of action and my upper body is on rehab. I don’t know how long the journey back will take and progress has been frustrating.
I’ve thought a lot about movement over the last few weeks and I’ve had the words of Joni Mitchell in my head; ‘you don’t know what you’ve got to til it’s gone’. I’m fortunate, I’ll get movement back, but this period of my life has forced me to reflect and I’ll be making some changes in our relationship.
What has made this blog so hard to write is that philosophies evolve and change. By definition, we’re talking about ‘theories or attitudes that act as guiding principles for behaviour’. My attitude towards movement now is different from what it was 6 months ago and that is in stark contrast to what it was 18 years ago. What any given training session looked like during those periods (my behaviours) would align accordingly.
I believe that if we have a sound understanding of self, embrace a growth mindset and intuitively reflect, everything in life is an experiment.
It is a constant process of trial and error. As we test a hypothesis, we modify a theory. Changes in attitude are driven by the power of exposure and experience.
Movement has curated my life. I know that as seasons change, so too will my philosophy. I didn’t call it movement back then but there was a time when I trained purely to look a certain way. I wasn’t thinking then about how I wanted to move when I was 60. But as I turn 40 in November, the need to make provision for this has become very real.
After many attempts to define my movement philosophy, I’m going to settle on this:
I’m inquisitive and a perpetual student. I will move like my life depends on it, because the enjoyment of everything good in my life does depend on it. I will, therefore, let the life I want to live dictate the way I choose to move. I will stay away from pain and hold myself to high standards.
If like me you’re passionate about movement then I encourage you to think about your own movement philosophy. I have found this a deeply personal thing so if you do this exercise, be true to yourself.
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