Much practice, energy, and thought has been invested into the training of muscles for athletic performance and personal training. Less attention has been paid to the fibrous fascial system in which the muscles live, and which allows then to exert a pull on the bones to shift the joints. To be fair, there has been some focus on the health of specific fascial structures such as the Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, cruciate ligaments, etc.
But how do we tend to the health and concomitant development of a healthy, resilient fascial system as a whole while we are building a strong, balanced, and coordinated muscular system? How do we prevent injury as well as recover more quickly? Recent research is beginning to answer this question, and the ‘Fascial Fitness’ series of courses lays that research out for the trainer in an up-to-date and easily applied way.
‘Fascial Fitness’ is a must for serious trainers who wish to avoid injury – most injuries are connective tissue injuries, even if muscles are also involved – and build long-term health for their clients. The new Fascial Fitness information represents a cooperative effort by Dr Robert Schleip and his group in Germany, and Tom Myers and his Kinesis group in the States and the UK. The information is constantly being updated in terms of new research findings.
The Fascial Fitness info is being developed for more sophisticated presentations as we speak. It will be presented by Tom Myers and Kinesis teachers in fast-paced, well illustrated courses with clear takeaways for application and practice. Visit the course schedule page to find the Fascial Fitness courses already scheduled. Contact us about organizing a Fascial Fitness course for your group.
View articles and new research into fascial fitness at right. You can read more about the Fascial Fitness course here.
Or, watch this short YouTube video on the nature of fascia.
About the Fascial Fitness course
The Fascial Fitness course has exercises and practical suggestions within it, but Fascial Fitness is not a hands-on course like our Fascial Release or Anatomy Trains short courses. It covers what the latest fascial research tells us about how to train people. Thus it applies to personal trainers, Pilates Teachers, athletic coaches, and remedial exercise folks more than bodyworkers per se. Bodyworkers will certainly learn a lot about fascia – about stretch, injury, recovery, etc – but not much in the way of manual therapy techniques – for those, come to an Anatomy Trains Manual weekend. The focus is on fascial plasticity, hydration, histological responses, and techniques within training that will enhance fascial strength, resilience, and coordination.