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Elite endurance athlete and movement specialist Jessi Stensland was inspired to create what she has aptly named MovementU, after seeing a need in the world of human performance.
“Mediocre movement has become epidemic, and even worse, acceptable,” Stensland says. “Not coincidentally so has poor health, sub-par performance standards and chronic pain and injury in life and in sport. It became obvious to me that the problem was not the availability of solutions or the motivation to achieve. Instead, it was in the inability to choose and/or implement the proper and most efficient day to day solutions for optimal health and sports performance, due to a lack of a basic level of knowledge about the body and what it requires to, quite literally, run.”
MovementU’s goal? Motivation through education. The U stands for university and a U-turn back to basics of human form and function.
“It is important for people to realize that their health and performance is in their own hands.” Stensland stresses, “It’s not about spending more time, but about spending your time efficiently. Take right now for example. Stand or sit just a little stronger and taller with better posture. It takes no more time to do that than to slouch. If you don’t relate your inability to maintain proper posture directly to your day-to-day health and sports performance outcomes including injuries and finishing times, you don’t know enough about the body. It’s not rocket science,” she says, “but it can be as powerful. And once you get it, you get it for life.”
MovementU provides a practical and interactive education-based resource consisting of a website and workshops that communicates the foundational principles about the body and what it requires to perform to its potential in health as well as training and racing. Stensland emphasizes that MovementU is “not a training program, methodology or system.” It aims to make simple scientific principles of biomechanics and physiology relevant, relatable and retainable. As one participant put it, MovementU “gets to the point of the point.”
It’s first workshop Swim Bike Run: Movement Efficiency and Performance is being held across the US this fall in seven cities at top performance training centers such as Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix, AZ. It is a full day interactive hands-on experience that discusses the roles and relationships of performance elements such as mobility, stability and strength as well as how they are directly related to one’s ability to move efficiently and powerfully in the sports of swimming, cycling and running. It is designed to benefit all levels of coaches, trainers and athletes, from beginners wanting to start off on the right foot to seasoned athletes looking to avoid injuries or get an extra edge in their performance.
“We all left in awe,” says Keith Cook of Solis Performance in New Jersey who had brought a group of his athletes to MovementU in New Jersey. “We were taught how to go back in time and re-think. We were provided the tools to re-train our bodies to perform efficiently and injury-free. It was eye-opening.”
Jessi Stensland holds a BS in Exercise Science and has worked extensively with Core Performance creator Mark Verstegen and his team to eliminate her own movement inefficiencies in order to stay injury-free and performing powerfully over the years. She competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials for triathlon and continues to compete at the elite level in a variety of endurance events.
USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and the American Council on Exercise have approved the course for continuing education credits. A number of additional courses with a variety of focuses will be available in 2010.
For more information about MovementU and the upcoming workshops, contact Jessi Stensland directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.movementu.com. For more information about Jessi you may also visit www.gojessi.com.