My ex-girlfriend used to affectionately refer to me as an "ogre". If you'd seen me trying to keep my balance while putting on my trousers a leg at a time, you would fully understand her reasons.

I was regularly clumsy. I consistently lacked grace in my movement.

Rather than the gazelles I spoke of yesterday who barely graze the floor as they run, my footsteps were more like the noise made when the Hulk smashes something.

I used to take such pride in my brute force generating abilities...

then I hurt myself and my life in full-time sport came screeching to a halt.

All of my strength could do nothing for me. In a way, it had contributed to my downfall.

Strength in itself is not a bad thing. It's a good thing when generated well and used well. But when used to battle past self-imposed sub-optimal movement patterns, it just leads to breakage.

This was the destiny of this particular ogre...except I wasn't always an ogre.

When I was very young, I'll have toddled around with the ease of all healthy toddlers. 

However you move now, the odds are that you did too. You moved more like a gazelle in younger years. In a sense, we all start off natural athletes.

The people of all ages we look to as examples of gracefully moving athletes don't start with better movability than the rest of us.

They just keep more of it than we do.

How does this happen?

Often it occurs through ruling out various movements. This can happen for a number of reasons: injury, frequent use of one pattern to the exclusion of others, social/psychological reasons, etc.

We were all, more or less, born as natural graceful athletes who had the ability to learn to twist, turn, run and jump like everybody else.

If you haven't enjoyed the majority of your sporting life feeling you moved with this ease, there is a way back for you.

If you didn't feel like you had an eye for your game (part 2) or had the opportunities to develop your game in good conditions (parts 3 and 4), I believe there's a way for you to do these things too.

Very little about sporting ability is natural. 'Natural' is just lazy talk for not knowing what is going on or how to replicate it.

Join me near the end of the week where I'll give some suggestions of how you can do more of the things the supposed 'naturals' do.

Arton "Ogre and out" Baleci