The Origin of 10,000 Steps

The 10,000 steps per day challenge – championed by the NHS, 10,000 Steps Australia, and Steptember – has its origins in a 1960’s marketing campaign in Japan. In the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious. It was called a Manpo-Kei, which… Read More

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What are the 7 Human Body Movements?

Introduction An exercise professional should be able to inform their client that there are basic body movements that will be incorporated  into their training programme – regardless of whether they are new to exercise or an experienced athlete. There are seven basic movements the human body can perform, and all other exercises are merely variations… Read More

The Benefits of Understanding Biomechanics for the Fitness Professional & their Clients

Operating an engine beyond its limits is readily observable by the red line displayed on the tachometer of most cars. Similarly, the human body may be loaded beyond the limits of the skeletal system and muscles that act on the moving human frame. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the mechanical risks of physical… Read More

The Disciplines of Biomechanics & Kinesiology

The disciplines primarily involved in describing and understanding human movement are biomechanics and kinesiology. Fitness professionals teach clients how to perform exercise movements and how to use exercise or rehabilitation equipment. Biomechanics is the study of the motion and causes of motion of living things, using a branch of physics known as mechanics (the study… Read More