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PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT 

The physical assessment is a simple process. Wear comfy gym clothes so that your trunk (shoulders and hips) are clear to see. In addition to a simple standing check, some movement patterns are assessed too. The focus of all classes is trunk strength and stability. Therefore, the assessed movements relate to pelvic and shoulder stability. Read more about the core and trunk.

Who:

Men and women

Where:

Online

When:

30 Minutes, at an arranged time

Why:

Experience a bespoke workout based on outcomes of the physical assessment. Attend class knowing your unique posture, areas of tightness, weakness, injury, degree of physical awareness, and level of physical capability. See faster and safer gains through the use and application of this information.

How:

An initial assessment provides the information required for online strength classes to be personalised to you. The assessment is 30 minutes long.

How much:

£50; Free if paying upfront for classes for three months.

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The core

Many think the “core” refers to abdominal muscles, but this is incorrect. The core is defined by all the muscles in the trunk that attach to the spine. They offer important stability. There is another layer of muscles above these core stabilisers. These are the mobilisers – the ones that allow for movement of the spine and trunk. The core’s job is to transfer forces between the upper and lower body. It therefore needs to be stable and strong. 

Within the core is a “drum”. This drum is like a car’s engine, providing power for the chassis (limbs) to move. The base of the drum is the pelvic floor; the top is the diaphragm. Both muscles should be pliable and work together for easy breathing. The front of the drum is the transverse abdominis. When contracted, it gives us our waist. The back is the multifidus (small muscles attached to the vertebra of the spine).

The hip and shoulder stabilisers

There are other muscles in the trunk and around the shoulder blades/joints and hips that stabilise (and, to a lesser degree, mobilise) these areas. These muscles keep the joints supported and working optimally. They need strength to support all your movements, without transferring unneeded load to soft tissue with a different purpose. They’re also vital for keeping good posture and reducing injury risk. It’s really worthwhile putting time and effort into training them.

The core, together with these hip and shoulder joint muscles, are the most important component of any programme. My online classes focus specifically on this aspect. And the physical assessment tells me all about how strong they are.