Back when I was a rather large person I had no real knowledge about joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. I knew that if I ran and stretched I would lose weight and feel better. So like most people who join the gym I was on the cardio wagon - I started walking, then jogging and then running; setting myself small goals each day that I would try to beat the next time I went out. I was in competition with myself aiming to get as slim as I possibly could. I wish I could say it was a lovely experience the first few months but honestly speaking I just remember running with a lot of pain.
I started my weight loss journey in August 2013 and got to a point where I ran about 4 times per week which put a huge strain on my joints, mostly my left knee and IT band. In December 2013 I went out for a run one day and could barely put any pressure on it, I knew I had to stop running and it put me out for a whole month.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight before will know that 1 month without exercise on a weight loss journey can throw up big questions and doubts in one's mind, but I stuck with my plan and started Insanity workouts on the 1st of January 2014 after my knee had recovered.
My main issue was that I never had any structure from the beginning, I was only training in one plane of movement (sagittal) and relied on a few stretches to see me through. I never mobilised and had lost the power in my hips. Up until about 5 months ago I would wake up most mornings after exercise and feel really tender around my knees - to the point that walking down stairs was tough. After 5 months of doing ZUU pretty much every day I can honestly say that my knees are 100% better than they were. I have increased the power and mobility in my hips, strengthened my ligaments and tendons around my knees and I feel more nimble.
It is not just me though, I have had numerous conversations with people that attend our ZUU classes who have seen a marked improvement in their mobility and functional movement. So you might be wondering what this means for you? Well it means that there is a drill that you can do to help your mobility - anyone can do it - 84 year old people are doing it and it works, trust me.
The drill is called ZUU in TWO - some of you may know this from my Facebook and Instagram posts - it is 30 seconds of Frog Squatz into 30 seconds of Bear Crawlz (and repeat). I do this drill 3 times a day, in the morning, noon and night and the range of movement that has increased in my hips is phenomenal. It is a 6 minute drill (in three parts) each day that can change make your body stronger, fitter and more mobile. Everyone has at least 6 minutes spare in a day.
Here is a quick 3 minute video on the drill, all you need is a watch and your arms and legs to get it done and you'll feel AWESOME!
I challenge you to try it for a week; 3 times a day and see how much better you will feel, post your videos on Facebook and tag me in them. Let's get our bodies moving! Let's fight for the mobility that we have lost!
Have a great weekend and remember - MOVEMENT IS LIFE, WHEN WE MOVE WITH PURPOSE THEN WE START TO LEARN WHO WE REALLY ARE.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving.
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.