training continuum

I was first introduced to the success continuum during my C.H.E.K Practitioner trainingfeveloped by Paul Chek over 20 years ago now. Wow where has the time gone!!

We were taught that each new client should go through a full and thorough assessment. Their bespoke programme should then follow a success formula by working on Flexibility-Stability-Strength-Power to create a successful, safe goal orientated outcome.

I was always conscious of exercise technique during training, but it wasn’t until I trained with the Prague School of Rehabilitation (#dynamicneuromuscularstabilisation) that I fully appreciated how movement quality was the key to unlocking true strength and performance.

By focusing on movement quality through the first stages of training you can really tune the Central Nervous System (CNS) to create better joint control, joint stability, strength and ultimately better performance. 

So I updated the continuum I use to

Flexibility-Stability-Movement Quality-Strength-Power

Now the first 3 stages can be worked on all together but only when clients exhibit good movement quality in various body positions do we really start loading them with weights.

Often I see many trainers and IG fitness influencers (who often have no specific degree or training qualification) forgetting about the first 3 phases (Flexibility-Stability-Movement Quality)  and going straight into the Strength phase. Namely either loading people too aggressively or performing way to dynamic movements for what their body can safely handle.

This in my humble opinion will often lead to an increased risk of injury.

What are your thoughts?