Anatomy and mechanics aren’t the sexiest subjects. Even for most personal trainers.
That’s because no one ever made them applicable to personal training.
But exercise mechanics is essential to a professional coach-client relationship.
It is the foundation of understanding the personalisation and optimisation of exercise according to every individual client’s goals and abilities.
Exercise mechanics is how we teach bodybuilders to focus stimulus on particular muscles - or even the very fibres of particular muscles - while minimising the stress on their joints that are handling so much training volume.
It’s how we demonstrate that rehabilitation protocols can be improved with a deeper understanding of forces through joints, allowing a client’s recovery progress to be tailored, regressed and progressed appropriately.
It’s how we help trainers with busy clients manipulate resistance profiles relative to their clients’ strength to create more efficient exercises that achieve more stimulus in less time.
RTS teaches trainers not only the science, but the thought processes behind establishing an objective, balanced perspective about their exercise analysis, design and execution.
And importantly – ensuring that no student who attends our course thinks of any exercise or modality as “good” or “bad”.
To us, that’s an unprofessional way of thinking.
RTS explores many perspectives, principles and scientific truths that are unique to the course:
‘Who-Have-Own-Tolerate’ & the ‘Goal of the Exercise’ ensure trainers remain critically analytical of exercise design relative to the individual it’s being applied to.
‘The Exercise Equation’ helps trainers identify all of the variables involved in exercise to better understand the differences in exercise that may appear similar.
The ‘Exercise Continuum’ helps trainers evolve their clients’ training priorities by mapping every exercise based on the level of coordination required relative to that client’s ability to produce force.
The ‘Functional Continuum’ helps rehab-focused professionals pinpoint a client’s point in their recovery process and the appropriate stimulus for that stage.
These concepts are not simply read aloud to the room as part of the workshop.
They are rehearsed in their application over and over again, as we explore the various joint functions of the human body.
Even then, we can’t possibly cover every single possible exercise set-up and execution.
(We can’t do that in the 200+ hours of education at RTS Mastery, let alone 36 hours at RTS Level 1.)
That’s why we empower trainers to think and make decisions for themselves; to be open-minded and objective at the same time.
Our goal is for trainers to complete the course with the tools to customise, analyse and optimise exercise, with exercise mechanics as the fundamental science that forms that toolbox.
Until the next RTS Course in Sydney, Australia.