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Movement Patterns & Rhyming Positions

The Intro.

In life you know of some certainties.

The water is always blue.

The sun will always shine.

No two snowflakes will look the same.

Different exercise movements will also look the same.


All hinges, great and small


The Deadlift--The Hand Dumbbell Hang Power Clean

"Rhyming positions" are poses different exercises all have in common; sometimes they are identical and other times merely similar.

The Good Morning for example takes the hip from being fully open, then into a fully flexed position (or as much as the hamstring will allow without compromising the movement).

The Back Squat at certain points is nearly identical to the Good Morning.

The Deadlift & Romanian Deadlift, Kettlebell Swing, and Jumping positions are also identical to the Good Morning as well.

The list goes on!

Push Press/Push Jerk/Split Jerk = Muscle/Power/Clean = Box Jump = Muscle/Power/Snatch...

So you see that even though when performed individually these movements might have individual differences, when looked at the whole picture of Mixed Modal General Physical Preparedness training they all transfer over beautifully. In doing so we can see how each lends itself to giving a basic understanding of how to separate movements can build good overall movement patterns. Giving you a mechanically functioning human, save proper nutrition and mental stability (Yet those are outside the confides of this discussion)

All modalities, great and small

Of course it is easy to say that all movements can look the same when we see a small snapshot of each, but what if we take a look at different movements (each within there respective modalities) while in motion.


  • Back Squat
  • Front Squat
  • Clean
  • Snatch
  • Press
  • Jerk
  • Deadlift
  • etc.


  • Running
  • Rowing
  • Biking
  • Swimming 


  • Pull Up
  • Push Up
  • Squat
  • Jump
  • etc.

*The bold movements will be the ones selected

Now that we have identified which movements will highlighted for the demonstration now let us select the proper training stimulus.

For todays training demonstration we will focus on the recruitment of the hips to aid in executing the movement.

Notice that while each movement is completely different, they are all inherently similar.

All begin with a static starting position, and as each travel through the full range the (hips acting as the fulcrum) the posterior chain must violently extend in order to get to the finish position.

Again here the primary focus is recruiting the hips to demonstrate how vital it is in performing the desired movement.

In the end

I hope you all understand that even though each movement might be different, they all share universal motor patterns.

Our goal in teaching Mixed Modal General Physical Prepardness is to develop a functional and basic understanding on how to perform each within the confines of increasing your fitness. Once you understand how to properly move your limbs to their full end range of motion and decide to pursue a particular sport to its fullest, then by all means dive deep down the rabbit hole.

How you enjoyed it.

See you in class,

Rene Vega