What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is used by many personal trainers to aid in determining ways to help clients work efficiently, safely and effectively in their movements. But what exactly is it?

Briefly, kinesiology is the study of the way the body moves. It studies physical activities performed during normal, everyday actions and also actions involved in movements in sports and dance. Additionally, applying the information developed through kinesiology can be useful in improving health, physical fitness and rehabilitation from injury.

Team Fuel member and personal trainer, Shaun Eckhardt, graduated with a degree in kinesiology and says he finds it extremely beneficial in determining optimal workout strategies for his various clients.

“If you don't know how the human body works, it’s hard trying to design programs that fit a particular person’s body and genetics,” he says, adding, “I see a lot of trainers training people the way they work out themselves.” Shaun says the problem with that approach is that people have different goals and body types and one approach can’t be applied to everyone.

If you’re interested in taking a course on kinesiology as part of your personal trainer education, visit the American Council on Exercise’s Web site for more information.

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