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1st January 2017

My thoughts as I complete my Biomechanics Coaching Diploma

In February 2017 I began my Biomechanics Coaching Diploma journey.  I am already qualified as a Biomechanics Trainer, this was the next step in expanding my knowledge and being able to help my clients, and those yet to be my clients, to improve their daily lives and performance in and out of the gym, by improving their movement.

Spine Biomechanics

After another awesome 2 days down in Loughborough on number 2 of 5 workshops I’m able to sit and write about my experience.  So, this was the Spine Biomechanics Workshop, where we also delved into core stability.

What is core stability?

Good bloody question? And what muscles actually contribute to core stability? More than you might think.  Now, this wasn’t news to me, as I teach this as a Primal Flow Instructor, but it just highlighted again how little we communicate this to the World and all the thousands of people out their looking for a strong core.  Believe it or not, it’s not “all about the abs”.

How about this for a list of core muscles, all of these support us to hold a “good/optimal” posture (now that’s another entire subject just there.).

  1. Hamstrings
  2. Gluteus Medius
  3. Gluteus Minimus
  4. Gluteus Maximus
  5. Tensor Fascia Lata
  6. Illio-Psoas
  7. Diaphragm
  8. Quadratus Lumborum
  9. Transverse Abdominus
  10. Rectus Abdominus
  11. Internal Oblique’s
  12. External Oblique’s
  13. Multifidus
  14. Rotatores
  15. Erector Spinae Group
  16. Latissimus Dorsi

So, what is core stability now that you’ve seen this list? Well, I would suggest all of the above list of muscles working optimally and in the right strength ratios, so no dominant groups of muscles taking over your movement or ability to stabilise the spine. If dominance is occurring, then does this mean we are unstable? Well, yes and no… I’ll go out on a limb to say I’m sure this is a dynamic environment, and we constantly fluctuate between being stable and unstable. Our daily lifestyles play a huge part in this.

So yes, I’m saying we’re all unstable most of the time!  After this workshop, I’m surprised any of us (on this learning journey) our able to lift the weights we do, or move as well as we perceive we do….

AND that is the beauty of the human body; a constantly changing, adapting machine that can be strong and weak all at the same time!

The purpose of this learning curve for me is to know more than I do now, to be better than I am now, to question more, to discover more, and to never be satisfied! Ha ha! That just sounds exhausting.

Honestly, the more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know, and the more I realise that, the more I realise that no one REALLY knows. And I’m beginning to accept that that is OK.

There is some extensive research behind the content for the Biomechanics Coaching Diploma. Results are reviewed, and hypotheses made.  But we are human, we are individual and we do not always conform to a ‘norm’ (whatever that is) group.

What we are left with, is a way to help people that, near as damn it works most of the time.  The exciting bit is coming across those that don’t fit the norm (for me anyway!).  But with a growing understanding of movement function (without getting too “sciency” in this Diploma) means that we, as Biomechanics Coaches, are able to have a positive effect on most people that we see.  We can improve their movement, to improve their life or chosen sport.

Now that is really special.

Kim Tomlin

Personal Trainer, Biomechanics Trainer, Primal Flow Instructor
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