Movement Quality is the ability to perform a movement pattern in an optimal way. For this to be achieved, we need a balanced combination of flexibility, mobility and strength. If that balance shifts too much in one direction we can run into some problems.

When we think of movement in sport, training or athletics we often focus on one core movement or train one area on it’s own. If you concentrate solely on size or strength without focusing on mobility your muscles become shorter and will limit your range of motion in a joint. On the flip side, focusing on mobility without strength means the body does not have the strength needed throughout the joint. Lastly, being too flexible often means joints can be pushed into ranges that lead to damage, so having the strength aspect in your training prevents that from happening and is vitally important.

Movement quality is something that needs to be practiced. One of my (sneaky) favourite things to do is incorporate core and muscle movement exercises into my classes. That means encouraging multiple body positions and joints to work together in a single exercise. The aim is not to do them perfectly every time but to perform the movement to the highest quality you are able and over time you will see improvements (remember what we said about practice! ).

Don’t be deceived, these exercises tend to look easier than they are and are as tiring as resistance or aerobic strengthening drills. These exercises will help in various ways:

  1. Increased functionality of joints – get that body working to it’s full potential!
  2. Can help with your sleep and your mental health
  3. Improves flexibility and posture
  4. Let’s be honest it will make you feel great!

In the video below I am demonstrating a flow between a standard crab bridge and downward dog (these would be the moves to work on first). I use strength, mobility and flexibility to switch between them. It is important to be aware of your body and to know where your limits are. It is rewarding and enjoyable to see your starting point, challenging yourself and finally seeing the progress you can make. – James