Book Review: Movement - Gray Cook

If you ever want to hear from one of the ‘grandfathers’ of the functional world, then Gray Cook’s book, Movementwill give you a sharp insight into the world of human movement. It makes captivating reading for any health and fitness professional.

Cook’s globally respected Functional Movement Systems identify underlying movement dysfunction and underpin sustainable fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes.

And yet, it is not the technical jargon which impresses me. No, instead, it is the deeply embedded sense of what human movement is all about, where the origins of our movement capability herald from and what we should all be innately capable of doing. 

Movement is, as he says ‘a behaviour’ – one we learn as an infant, and should be maintained through our adult lives, were it not for the blight of modern lifestyle – continuous sitting, minimal exercise, computer and mobile device usage – all of which disrupt our natural capacity to move properly.

He lays waste to the modern concept that all exercise is good for us. Not at all! Unless we have first attended to our ability to move properly. If you are that fitness professional who trains a client using resistance and cardiovascular exercises, withoutattending to their movement needs prior to commencement of a fitness programme, are you simply speeding them towards injury? 

Food for thought.

So if you want to learn more about the fundamentals of movement, the way in which you can use movement screens to construct a systematic approach to re-establishing healthy movement patterns, you will find what you need here in abundance.

It is not light reading. More the kind of book you dip into and out of, gathering useful direction at each juncture. But reading it absolutely will change the way you think about exercise and movement. It is something which transformed the way I thought about fitness. Ignore it at your peril!

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