Exercise and Physics:
Improve the Client Experience by Understanding the How of Mechanics

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Exercise and Physics: Improve the Client Experience by Understanding the How of Mechanics


This course introduces the Exercise Professional to the fundamentals of Classical Mechanics as it relates to exercise creation, implementation, and interpretation. It directly connects why all exercise professionals from all disciplines need to understand and learn to apply these principles. The course takes a unique approach through a lexical analysis, along with using the measurement units typically associated with physics, to gain a deeper understanding. The guidelines and use of Free Body Diagrams will used for well known exercises and the process will be applied to selectorized exercise equipment analysis to acquire practical experience.



This course will introduce the Exercise Professional to the importance of understanding the mechanics of exercise by using the concepts and mathematics of statics starting from the vantage point of traditional exercises.

A new definition of Exercise will be presented and from that starting point it will made clear why EVERY Exercise professional needs to understand and apply basic physics principles in the development and delivery of exercise to their unique individual client.

You will understand exercise at a deeper level which will help you become an even more effective exercise professional while increasing your value – and income!

Exercise and Physics: Improve the Client Experience by Understanding the How of Mechanics

The Principles of Statics and Dynamics

    • Moment of Inertia
    • Equilibrium of Force System
    • Resultant of Force System
    • Centroids and Centers of Mass
    • Friction
    • Cables
    • An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by another object. Newton’s First Law
    • The rate change of linear momentum of an object is directly proportional to the linear momentum on the object. Newton’s Second Law
    • Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law
    • The starting position of the human body relative to the influence of the gravity field.
    • The direction of influence of Earth’s gravity on objects within the field.
    • The point of application of other systems on the human body (point of interaction).
    • The relative direction of position change (motion) of the human body (acceleration).
    • The velocity and acceleration of the position change (momentum and force).
    • The velocity and direction of the external influence (momentum).
    • The material properties of the human body.
    • The material properties of the external influence.

Course Objectives and Goals

  1. Define exercise.
  2. Understand the construct, and use, of exercise to manipulate critical variables, and understand which cannot be manipulated
  3. Understand the construct and use of exercise to alter the exercise experience of a client.
  4. Review of key anatomical structures and their material properties and why knowing the physics/mechanics may reduce the wear and tear on the body’s various materials.
  5. Gain practical experience applying the principles of statics to the human body via exercise.

What You Will Learn

Why motion (change in position) is the basis of all physics.

The basic principles of statics and dynamics as they relate to exercise.

The units of measure in physics and why that is important in understanding physics.

What force and momentum are and why the distinction is important to understand.

How to analyze and exercise and predict its influence on a client.

How to build an exercise for your client’s unique needs – one that may not even have a name!



Course Times & Locations

Columbus, Ohio  Next Date TBD When the Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted

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