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Breaking down “Kinesiology”


Breaking down “Kinesiology”

One of the biggest differences you will find at HealthFit Gym vs your typical box gym is our trainers, or rather, our kinesiologists. We want to make sure that you are getting the best of the best so that is who we hire. But what is a kinesiologist? What do they do? What makes them different than your typical personal trainer? We took some time to answer those burning questions in this article.


What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms that affect movement patterns. Applying principles of Kinesiology helps us better understand underlying reasons for why we move as we do as individuals. Kinesiology can be applied to human health to improve and restore biomechanics, assist in the process of rehabilitation, and to teach techniques and strategies for general strength and conditioning. Kinesiology can take on many forms in many settings, and to achieve the be results is practiced alongside medical practitioners and therapists. Although many variables must be addressed while assessing an individual, here we will focus on the aspects that make Kinesiology an effective tool in recovery, performance, and overall function.

How can a Kinesologist be useful to me?

Kinesiology is unique in that it works to assess and address the underlying factors affecting our ability to perform and feel our best. Depending on the current ability, creating a body that feels and functions pain free with few limitations can be a process. Whether for sport, profession, and or quality of life a Kinesiologist will identify and help us recognize our default movement patterns. These are ultimately the driving factors outside of our awareness and once identified, a Kinesiologist will work to help resolve them. While many exercise practitioners focus on developing workouts and movements that can produce results, a Kinesiologist looks to give lasting results by improving posture, breathing, and structural integrity to keep the body’s joints and mechanical positions optimal during any movement practice.

Applying Kinesiology at Healthfit:

Healthfit intends to provide high quality results, while working alongside physician sponsored programs for Osteoarthritis, Joint Health and Bone Density Intervention. Kinesiologists teach movement progressions and routines that lead to sustainable improvements in mobility while decreasing joint pain. Our Post-Physical Therapy Recovery Program ensures progress while transitioning you back to physical activity. Studies suggest that participation in pre-habilitation for orthopedic surgery will improve recovery time, strength, and range of motion outcomes. This program involves customized programs detailed for each specific surgery. HealthFit’s general Strength and Conditioning small group training sessions give detailed plans and technique based instructions to give you the advantage in reaching your goal.



Come visit or call Healthfit to sign up for a free evaluation and find out what program might be the best fit for your goals.


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No Time? Get your workout in on the go or at home!

One thing we all seem to be short on is time. There is never enough time in the day to work, get the kids to school, eat, do the laundry, AND exercise. Something always falls short and it tends to be the most important thing, your health! Here are some tips, strategies and a bonus at home workout to help fuel your health flame.

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Why should I keep my gym membership over the summer?

It’s summer, the sun is out, its beautiful and you are vowing the spend more time outside. We see it every year, but does outdoor summertime fitness live up to the hype that we give it? We have access to hundreds of amazing trails, open space, playgrounds and even outdoor gym spaces…but how many of us who cancel our gym membership during the summer actually use them?

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Use it or lose it

No doubt you’ve heard the age old adage “use it or lose it” and have probably felt the effects in some form or another. But have you taken the time to think about how it happens and why it seems to happen more as you age than it did when you were younger? In fitness this is called the “detraining effect” and it can be seen from endurance to strength levels. This effect occurs much more rapidly in highly trained athletes, but happens in normal, every day gym goers as well.

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Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is N.E.A.T!

Are you looking to shed some pounds without spending an excess amount of time in the gym or doing “exercise?” One great way to do this is by simply moving more! Through a process known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis your body burns will burn more calories the more you move!

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Motivation to Move – Fitness Trackers

According to the American Academy of Sports Medicine (ACSM), health trackers are among the top predicted health trends of 2019. Have you jumped on the fitness tracker bandwagon yet?  If you haven’t, you might want to take in this information and decide whether it is your turn to take that STEP 😉.

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Exercise Guidelines and Gauging Intensity

Have you ever wondered how often you should be exercising? If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone! So many of us are exercising without intent, purpose, knowing how hard we should be working, or knowing how much or what to do. Fortunately there are guidelines for helping you determine just how much, how often and at what intensity you should be moving your body.

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