| | Ep 429 – Programming Tutorial: The Importance of Primal Movements

Author / Cali Hinzman

38 minute listen


In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Can you explain primal movements to me like I’m 5 years old? You guys write about them and mention them like all the time. Why are they so important? And what’s up with squatting toes forward?

Primal Movements are foundational Movements Responsible for All Human Movement

We get it, reducing an infinite array of movement into 7 specific movement patterns may seem like unrealistically reductionist approach to training. But it’s not. And Power Athlete’s global network of athletes and coaches is proof of that. In life, there are those who choose to overcomplicate to protect their craft, and those who choose to simplify it to quickly educate their prodigies. Power Athlete takes the latter approach.

Tune into this episode of Power Athlete Radio to hear Tex and Luke break down the breakdown of all human movement.

To best educate coaches, and evaluate programming, John Welbourn has leveraged Primal Movements since first writing programming online in 2008. Careful consideration and balancing of Primals and Planes of Motion is what is responsible for most of the magic in all of Power Athlete’s daily programs. Simplifying all movement into 7 Primal Movements is also how we’ve managed to simplify program design for our coaches so they can be maximally effective, and Uber creative with how they empower the performance of anyone who walks through the doors of their gym.

Empower Your Performance

Have you been squatting on questions for John, Luke and Tex? Maybe you have asked around, and just can’t land on a straight answer. Take a breather, give us a call, and let us do the leg work.

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The Power Athlete Radio hotline is OPEN! Dial (929) ING – ING0, leave us a detailed message, and we’ll get to work on finding you answers!

That’s (929) 464 – 4640

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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