What personal trainers need to know about anatomy
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
When we ask personal trainers what areas of study they struggle with the most, anatomy comes up time and time again. We appreciate that it can be a very complex topic, but it's also an important one to know, so how in depth should we go?
In our 6 months Personal Training Mentorship Programme we place great importance on knowing anatomy, at least to a foundational level, as even just understanding the general positions and actions of muscles will give you a greater insight into coaching your clients. If you struggle to understand why a client moves a specific way, why they can't feel a certain muscle contracting, or you don't feel confident assessing their structure, then learning anatomy will help!
The team at M10 study and teach anatomy regularly, and we have some top tips that may help retain the information:
Discuss anatomy with others that are versed in it
Talking to other coaches that are skilled in the area of anatomy, or even some clients from a medical background. You need to get used to using that language regularly until it becomes part of your vocabulary (as long as it's in an appropriate environment!). If you don't currently have anyone like that in your circle, then broaden your circle. Seek out other practitioners to see, physiotherapists and osteopaths, or even other coaches further afield.
Of course, we wouldn't recommend trying to show off to clients and using words they don't understand, but having the ability to do it when the time is right can be a massive confidence booster.
Study anatomy consistently, from varying sources
We're lucky to be part of information-based generation, where everything we need to know is accessible on a screen or in a book. There are many courses, books and online resources that can help with your exploration into anatomy. Find out how you learn best, and then apply.
Here are some of our favourites:
- KenHub - Digital Learning Resource
- Atlas of Anatomy - Physical Learning Resource
- Atlas of Anatomy Colouring Book - Interactive Learning Resource
- M10 Personal Training Mentorship - Guided Learning Resource
- Find relevant opportunity to study
We find ourselves getting stuck into anatomy most because it's important to a specific client case study. This could be an individual just starting out with you that has a health condition that you need to learn more about, or a client that has asked you a question about anatomy that you can't answer, so you tell them you'll find out.
Always look for an opportunity presenting itself, as this won't just stimulate your studies, but guide you to a particular area to find out more information, rather than trying to learn a random anatomical structure that won't be discussed or explored with your clients.
If you're not consistently updating your knowledge of the physical body then you are doing both yourself and your clients a disservice.
If you need to up skill in the area of anatomy, why not consider applying for our 6 month Personal Training Mentorship program? Get more information and apply HERE