The Human Operating System

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The Human Operating System

Our operating system as humans is comprised of 10 steps we develop in the first 21 months of age, after which we can’t seem to agree upon what’s right or wrong for us!


  1. Supine (on your back)
  2. Prone (on your stomach)
  3. Rolling
  4. Quadruped
  5. Crawling


  1. Sitting
  2. Kneeling
  3. Squatting


  1. Vertical
  2. Gait (walking)


It is easy to fall prey to the marketing wants of the general public because we need to pay the bills and give people “sport specific moves”, as if swinging a bat requires a different set of moves than throwing a punch, swinging a golf club versus a tennis racket.

Part of it comes from maybe a subjective view of another sport (barbaric boxing vs elegant golfing, and this is not reflective of anyone’s opinion, merely used as an example here).

If you have a good squatting pattern and can hold a plank, you’re doing great (and better than most people). You take care of those two, you will go far. That’s a necessary condition or sine qua non, but not always sufficient.

But distinguish also sport-like movements vs movements for sport: e.g. don’t grab any piece of equipment and mimic a golf swing (like the picture above) with it just because it creates tension, resistance or a greater effort than what a normal golf swing would require. 

I’ve heard of this anecdote (and it’s probably based on a study I don’t have the reference for at this time) where some basketball players were practicing free-throws with an 8-lb medicine ball and when it came to game time, they would overpower their normal throws with a regulation basketball and therefore not be “calibrated” properly.

Our job when we train is to keep the machine finely tuned, whether we do the training or dispense it. Leave the skill to the coaching profession in that particular activity who can tell you the nuances of bending the wrist and extending the elbow when releasing the basketball.

Along those lines, chasing pain, chasing the burn (to feel like we’re doing something) ought to be redirected to modulating the effort through function(movement skill, movement competency). 

Don’t practice till you get it right, practice till you can’t do it wrong! (Any incidental esthetic benefits will follow…)

With the ProBar being such an upper body tool, from a perception standpoint, because all of our actions with it are limited to our grip on it, we answer with the following perspective: if you get rid of upper body dysfunction, you will find trickle-down benefits to the lower body.

Yet, many times, you will still either shift or get back to lower body balance problems (and that’s why the ProBar is designed with cane-like assistance in mind, with a solid structure to uphold your weight and flattened extremities to “plant” on the ground).

Follow patterns with awareness drills (something that challenges your brain as well as your body, rather than going through the motions on auto-pilot).

Don’t refer to any body parts when you are working on any given movement. Follow the pattern instead, then follow the activity’s pattern. Do human movements, multi-planar, at various angles, then let those lead you to your sport’s, your activity’s patterns.