Understanding kinesiology in fitness training
Kinesiology is the science of human movement. It purely focuses on human activity. A kinesiology approach applies science-based medical principals to the analysis, preservation and enhancement of human motion in all settings and populations. Kenesiologists work either in research, the fitness industry, clinically, and in industrial environments.
Kinesiologists assess human movement, performance, and function by applying the science of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and motor learning. Kinesiologists are involved in the rehabilitation, prevention and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, or enhance movement function or performance in the areas of sport, recreation, work, and exercise.
Kinesiologists also provide consulting services, conduct research and develop policies related to rehabilitation, human motor performance, ergonomics, and occupational health and safety.
The practice of Kinesiology is the assessment of movement. Performance, function, and the rehabilitation, prevention, and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, and enhance movement, performance, and function in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and general activities of daily living.
Applied Kinesiology is where the body’s movement is assessed empirically and a program or treatment is designed for the rehabilitation of an individual, enhancement of the quality of life of an individual, or to enhance his athletic ability.
Applied Kinesiology is the method used in many fitness clubs by qualified Fitness Counselors and Personal Trainers. In their process of initial assessment when you join a gym they should ask general health questions, find out about time you can commit to the gym, a BFI, BMI and weigh in, and assess your stability and coordination (Kinesiology). Without these things in place they cannot design a proper plan for you to achieve your desired results.
If you join or participate in a boot camp or group fitness program these assessments should also be performed. This allows for correct tracking of your progress and allows the class instructor to make modifications in your individual training within the group to help you grow and achieve your desired goals.
Additionally upon researching a Bootcamp or group fitness program ask what specific, if any, kinesiology exercises are incorporated into the program to help you with stability and coordination in life’s activities.
Now we get to the part of how Applied Kinesiology can be of benefit for an average person through the course of the day. If you are tested and assessed correctly, and the correct model of programming is put in place, you will be able to function at a higher level of performance. In the workplace, at home, in the gym, anyplace you could be. If you are moving stronger and unrestricted, you will be performing at a greater level. The late afternoon slowdowns will slowly stop. (You know those days at 3 o’clock when you just want to take a nap from being tired)
Applied Kinesiology is a necessary modality of treatment for all of us, especially if we are overweight or out of shape.
Greg Burkett, Greg the Trainer, is a Personal Fitness instructor in Orange County. For information you contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 550-0777.