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 12 months access to the course itself. Paid course extensions are available if needed.

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.


This course gives practitioners a dynamic perspective on human movement that traditional anatomy doesn't capture. When helping clients to continue a fitness or lifestyle program for long-term functionality and comfort, it's important to consider the many forces at play on each body, and to employ information about eccentric and slowing forces as much those we know from traditional anatomy. As a movement and massage therapist, I found this course helped me to make better sense of what's going on with a client. I would wish for a specific section on following the chain regarding issues related to more than the "most common issues," but the course teaches you how to do that on your own, which is the essential piece. A valuable course and should be a part of any exercise/fitness certification!

Excellent material and excellent presentation

A fantastic course which helped me to understand the muscles and fascia involved in the bodies movement and how those muscles may be effected through overuse, misuse and injury. I am now able to better comprehend how my clients job, posture or exercise habits contribute to muscular imbalances and how those imbalances contribute to deficiencies in the rest of the kinetic chain. As a physical therapy patient I was able to contribute valuable insight into the rehabilitation of my knee. Highly recommended for all trainers. Invaluable course!