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Don’t Be a Motor Moron

Motor: Involving or relating to movements of the muscles

Moron: A stupid person

Motor Moron: Someone who doesn’t have the basic strength and coordination to handle their own body

The people that visit this site certainly aren’t your average people. Not everyone wants to be able to stand on one hand or doing crazy acrobatics.

But the truth is everybody should be able to do the most basic skills. And its sad that so many people cannot. Even many people who are considered strong or in shape sometimes have the movement skills of an infant.

So in this article I want to talk about the skills that EVERYONE should have. No two ways about it, short of paralysis. Everybody should be able to do the following things without much if any effort.

And I’ll go so far as to say that if you can’t do the following you don’t deserve to have the miraculous machine that is the human body. (And the sad truth is it probably won’t be too long before you lose it.)

Walking and Jumping On Your HandsWalking and Jumping On Your Hands on Amazon
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Sprint
  • Jump
  • Get up from the ground without using your hands
  • Squat down and be able to stay there
  • Roll in all 8 directions

Roll in 8 Directions

If you can’t do the above then you need to work on them. These are basic human movement patterns everyone should be capable of.

To get slightly more complicated (but still sticking with things everyone should be capable of) we can add the following.

  • Pushups
  • Pullup/Chinnup
  • Swim
  • Headstand
  • Gymnastic Bridge
  • Wrestlers Bridge
  • Move each joint individually

This is a basic list. But can you do everything on it? And can you do everything on it easily without effort?

But I’m surely missing some things. Add your comments below if you have suggestions and I‘ll add to the list.

From there we can start to get into more advanced movement patterns along with acrobatic skills. I’ll save that for another time.

I’m sure to hear the excuses come out of the woodworks from many people on this one. To give every reason why they can’t do these things. But save it. Instead just work on gaining the ability to do these movements if you don’t have it. Even if you need coaching on these skills, get it.

And for those of you that may laugh at this list because you are so far beyond it, there are probably people in your life that you could nudge in the right direction to get them to move better.

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