Read stories from people who’ve worked with the practices found inside Springboard’s Eight Gateways module. Eight Gateways demonstrates how to optimize core movement patterns and improve balance, strength, and agility.
(All names are pseudonyms, and identifying details have been changed.)
When I found out about the quality movement practices in Springboard, I worked on them diligently, and after three weeks I started experiencing the results. I’m running even faster now, pain-free, with much more power in my stride. What a relief! I feel confident that I’ll be able to keep up with my training, and these practices will help me every step of the way. Will I stop practicing? Not a chance. The more I practice, the better I feel when I run.”
After about 8 weeks of practicing this movement, the pain was 98% gone. Can you imagine how happy I am? Now I think: Why didn’t I know about the importance of quality movement in college?! I could have avoided injury back then. That’s why I’ve kept up with my practice; I’ve done it consistently for a year.”
After practicing quality movement for three months, my whole demeanor changed. I could walk for two miles! I feel stronger, like I have a future, and I’m extremely encouraged. I’ve had such a long battle, but this has finally brightened my outlook. I’m planning a backpacking trip six months from now—my first in many, many years.”
About six months ago, I noticed that my right side was feeling weaker than the left, and I learned that this is called an asymmetry. I didn’t want to lose my edge, so I started working on quality movement strategies to correct it. Well, I can tell you that after three weeks of diligent work, my overall movement was drastically better. My swimming became so much more powerful, with equal strokes on both sides. My running is now smoother and faster, and I feel equal when I run—no more lazy leg. Even my golf swing has improved. I’ve never felt so strong or so good.”
That’s when I discovered quality movement. I learned that my core needed to be strengthened, and my hips were incredibly tight—no big shock there. But what was really surprising was how quickly I improved as I practiced it. After just two months, I felt so much better and stronger. I could stand and sit for longer periods of time. My favorite discovery was that I was able to walk my dog at night without pain or having to stop to rest my back. Best of all? I was able to avoid more surgery.
I just want to pass along one tip. I’m good at working fast and multitasking in my job, and that tends to bleed into other areas of my life, too. With movement practice I learned that quality is better than quantity. When I slow down, concentrate on my body sensations, and focus on my movement, I experience better results. Just a few good repetitions have a pretty big effect.”
This is pretty incredible—life-changing, actually. I used to wake up almost every morning with a headache, which doesn’t happen anymore. I went for so long with pain that I’m absolutely going to continue with the program. I’ve practiced the movements for two years now so far, with terrific results.”
I’ve noticed something else. When I walk, I feel freer, more open, and stronger. My friends have even noticed the change; they say I seem more expressive and confident. All I know is that I feel better.”
I was training for a race last year, and I developed serious foot pain. I was really worried because it went on for so long and was such a struggle. I thought it was a problem with my foot, but it turned out to be weakness in my hip. As I worked with quality movement, I felt stronger—even after 3 weeks of practice. Now I’m able to finish long runs without fatigue, and I have a lot more energy. My friends have noticed the difference, too. I’m out running with them, and they say, “Why, why, why do you have so much energy now?!?” So it’s a big change.
You know, before I tried these movements, I was going to quit running. Pretty awful to contemplate, but it had become such a struggle. I’m so glad I didn’t give it up. I just completed the Boston marathon, and I feel much more powerful.”
One of my former colleagues told me about quality movement, and after checking it out I learned that I had extremely tight quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles. My hips were tight, too. I began working on this particular movement practice plus a few other stretches, and after several weeks, I slowly started to see improvement. So I practiced conscientiously, and guess what? After a few months, my foot pain was 95 percent gone! How wonderful it is to walk through the woods again. Not only that, but I can touch my toes—something I’ve not been able to do since high school.
The best (and most unexpected) result is that I no longer have back pain. I figured a consequence of age for everyone is arthritis, so I used to throw a heating pad on ‘old Arthur’ and forget about it. Now ‘Arthur’ is completely gone. Amazing!”