Tuesday, January 01, 2008
"Scientific Back Training"
This course by Paul Chek changed my life in so many ways that looking back on it now it's hard to believe how I came to take it. I found it in 1997 totally by accident when I saw Chek's course on " squatology" advertised somewhere and, being the total squat freak at the time, I wanted to read everything and anything on squatting that might make my poundages go up.
Of course it had very little to do with competition power squatting but when I realized the whole course was little more than the price of the one tape I got and took the entire course.Little did I know it would form the basis of my corrective exercise work with my injured clients and then my injured self just a few years later.
It also introduced me to the work of Vladmir Janda and the entire concept of Length/Tension relationships, tonic and phasic muscles and achieving real balance of the musculature of the body by looking at the interconnectedness of everything in the body.the body as a total unit working together,not just a conglomeration of disparate parts.
I went back and looked over the course manual again a few days ago and really gained a new appreciation for the amount of great information included in this course that still holds up perfectly well ten years later.Here is the table of contents:
1) transverospinalis group
2) erector spinae group
3) Important back musculature
4) abdominal musculature
5) thoracolumbar fascia and related musculature
6) intra abdominal pressure
7) hydraulic amplifier mechanism
8) erectors vs abdominal musculature as rotators and stabilizers
9) spino Scapulo musculature as back muscles
10) shoulder girdle position and its influence on thoracic curvature
11) gleno-humeral and spino scapular force couple mechanisms
12) hip extension mechanism sagittal plane
13) frontal and transverse plane force couples
14) understanding lumbo pelvic rythym
15) posterior ligamentous system vs hyperlordosis
16) lumbar disc pressures as a % of standing and in various postures
17)Understanding lumbo pelvic rythym and lumbar lifting posture in conclusion
18) reading the back
19) facilitation of tonic muscles
20) posture curves and exercise selection
21) determining pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis
22) recognizing spinal rotations
23) the importance of quality neuromuscular motor patterning ( flow chart)
24) facts about motor learning
25) neutral spine philosophy
1) floor exercises
2) horse stance
3) squatology the science of squatting without injury
4) squatting with a relative flexibility imbalance
Anyone intersted in taking this corresponce course can find it here on Cheks website. Pretty in depth stuff but I found it, as well as his High Performance Core Cnditioning course invaluable for my own training as well as for my clients.If you don't know your anatomy and kinesiology you will after digesting all of this,lol!