Understanding Exercise Mechanics™

Tom Purvis coined the term ‘Exercise Mechanics’ in the 1980s, describing it as a division of biomechanics. 

Exercise Mechanics™ is an application of engineering and physics concepts to understand, implement, and deliver exercise.

The study of exercise mechanics includes understanding:

  • Anatomy & structure of the individual
  • Joint & muscle function through motion
  • Effects of forces on the individual
  • The influence of intention
  • Goal-specific mechanisms

These concepts apply to human performance along the Functional Continuum™, from rehab to general fitness to sports-specific athletic performance.

It’s graduating from generic, traditional, predetermined choreography – to a client-centred approach to exercise design and delivery.