- Are you familiar with the concept of kinesthesia?
- Do you know how to develop kinesthesia in your body?
- Are you in control of your body’s movements and able to pick up how to do new things rather quickly, or do you struggle to move and perform?
Kinesthesia is the physical trait that comes with having awareness and movement of the parts of your body. I’ve had an interesting career with being able to work with athletes of all kinds. The process of training and working with many sports has made me a better coach and trainer…and this has not only enhanced my own personal development of kinesthesia, but it’s enhanced my ability to teach the development of this trait to others.
When it comes to this wealth of knowledge I’ll admit that no sport has made me a better coach than practicing the martial art of Muay Thai.
You see martial arts will train you to connect your mind with your body for movement, reaction, and control. I know that statement may sound a bit cliche’, but it’s very true.
This is not a direct quote by Bruce Lee, but the gist of what he once said was that when we start in on throwing punches and learning movements and patterns that our bodies are really motorset in order to work in such a way.
This is completely accurate and I’ve experienced this firsthand with both myself and with many of my students. This ability for you to feel, to possess awareness, and position of movement with your body is what is known as kinesthesia. Additionally when you combine a sport or activity such as martial arts with the implementation of a smart strength and fitness program you have the ingredients for developing a high level of kinesthesia.
Kinesthesia: Kinesthetic learners learn by doing and by feel
When it comes to the process of training if you are truly working through movement patterns, stimulating your body’s motor control, and continuing this process through progression and variation you’re going to develop a high level of physical function.
In order to achieve a high level of kinesthesia you must work to engage in movements and drills that challenge your sensory awareness, coordination, and reaction time.
So why is this important? Well think about this for a second. If you’re more capable of possessing such awareness and position of movement during movement then you’re going to be more in control of your body in most any environment.
This is going to serve you well in whole bunch of ways which might consist of several of the scenarios listed here below…
During a fight in a martial arts competition.
While you’re operating machinery at work, or trying to navigate your car through rush hour traffic.
Being able to run a trail and get out of the way of a surprise obstacle such as an oncoming runner, a hidden tree root, or that rock you might be most likely to trip over.
Giving you greater reaction to navigate and watch over your kids in a busy fast moving mall full of people.
Allowing you to spot potential accidents so that you can avoid them before they happen.
God forbid, but if you’re in a situation that demands physical self-defense such motor control over your body is going to allow you to strike quick while giving you speed and strength to evade an attacker and to quickly get to safety.
The benefits of developing and honing your kinesthetic ability are vast and can go on and on.
Kinesthesia: The Takeaway
At the end of the day you should be working to hone your physical skills by challenging your body to perform movements that sharpen your coordination, fitness, and reaction time. You need to maintain a consistent practice of such skills within the scope of your fitness and strength program.
Are you currently working on drills to enhance your kinesthesia?
What type of movements do you perform in your current training program that challenge your coordination?
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