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Institute of Motion Mentorship, Level One

In Level One, we introduce an integrative model of exercise physiology and movement biomechanics. Standing on the shoulders of reductionist anatomy and physiology, we take a fresh look at the body’s movement structures to discover how they work as a whole to create motion. Learn how to assess and analyze movement as we make use of SparkMotion for iPad. This powerful tool will assist your movement analysis with real-time and asynchronous modes, angle and force overlays, and timeline progressions. We spend most of our time on the IoM Method for program design: a method that adopts whole-body integration as its guiding principle while including traditional training methods. Using the 4-Quadrant Model, you will learn how to design workouts that balance different types of movement - this balance is critical for injury prevention, functional improvement outside the gym, and sustaining the body through intensive training. Next, the 6-Steps of Exercise Design, will show you how to manipulate exercises to change tissue stresses - how does a split stance affect the body differently during a dead lift? What changes when the load is pushed to the anterior at chest height instead of anterior-lateral at head height? Over several workout sessions, we connect theory with action to enhance your training immediately.

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