Provider: The BioMechanics
Type: Online Course
CEC Credits: ACE 1.4 CECs

Understanding the Causes of Muscle and Movement Imbalances

Musculoskeletal disorders and imbalances affect millions of people in the United States, with as many as one in two Americans afflicted, according to the National Institutes of Health. With corrective exercise, you can help your clients target underlying muscle and movement imbalances that cause pain and discomfort. By learning proper movements and techniques aimed at mitigating and eliminating musculoskeletal imbalances, you can help clients begin, return to or continue a program of regular exercise without limitations. The key to success, however, is designing the right program for each client.

Understanding Muscles and Movement explains in easy-to-understand terms how the whole body moves together as an integrated system of muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and fascia. You will also learn the unique approach of The BioMechanics Method®, which explains how gravity and ground reaction forces change the way the body moves—knowledge that is imperative for designing successful corrective exercise strategies. 

Career Outlook

With the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in America, the reality is that most clients who seek health and fitness services are among those suffering from these conditions. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of people who currently use personal training services report experiencing pain related to temporary or chronic musculoskeletal issues while performing even low-level physical activities (Schroeder and Donlin 2013). Gaining the knowledge and skills to identify and correct muscle and movement imbalances is both crucial to your current practice and to your career growth. The lack of fitness professionals with the appropriate skills to serve people with muscle or joint pain and other physically-limiting musculoskeletal conditions has created a significant gap in the care continuum. Learning these skills will enable you to fill this need—and position yourself as a go-to professional in this area.

You will learn:

  • In-depth anatomy information about muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and fascia, including specific muscle origins, insertions and functions
  • The difference between traditional and functional anatomy, and how gravity and ground reaction forces change the way a body moves
  • The major muscle groups that will dictate the exercise strategies used to improve musculoskeletal health and alleviate associated dysfunction 
  • How to use anatomy and assessment findings to design and integrate corrective exercise programming into clients' training programs

Understanding Muscles and Movement is a standalone course as well as Module 2 of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist Program. To learn more about earning the full specialist credential, click here.

Purchase price includes all online materials, unlimited test retakes and access to the course itself.

This course contains online lessons, digital text material, step-by-step video instruction and demonstrations, client assessment forms, skills tests, self-check activities, and online tests. When accessing the course, you’ll find a list of printable downloads with each lesson under the “course downloads” tab. Digital material not itemized in the downloads tab is not printable.

Please note:  There are no refunds for the Understanding Muscles and Movement online course. All sales are final.


Schroeder, J., and A. Donlin, eds. 2013. IDEA fitness programs and equipment trends report. San Diego, CA: IDEA Health & Fitness Association.


It's very good to know how muscles work eccentrically in addition to their traditionally taught concentric functions. Justin Price does a very good job of explaining the function of muscles and how one can explain this function to her clients.

This course is terrific - common muscular deviations are explained in an easy to understand way - challenging AND informative!

Excellent teaching and reinforcement of material presented. Loaded with information and skill development recommendations. Clear and concise. Will take more from Biomechanics of Exercise.

The information and way it was delivered was good. Easy to understand and follow, but was very disappointed there was no practical application and exercises recommended for the various imbalances. Very disappointed in this course.

ACE Response:

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. Your experience is important to us, and we apologize the course did not fully meet your expectations. A member of our Customer Care team will be reaching out to discuss continuing education opportunities to best fit your needs, such as courses that do contain specific exercises to correct common imbalances.