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Wise Moves Hybrid Movement Training

If you're keen to see results quickly and don't want to go through the long assessment process but aren't stuck 

Your Assessment

The Hybrid Movement Training (HMT) assessment process is quick and easy and gives me key information I need about your body and your goals.

Unlike the CHEK assessment described earlier, this assessment is purely subjective.

I'm not measuring anything! I’m not interested in problem solving, just assessing where you’re at so that I can give you a workout that’s right for you and going to help you achieve what you want as soon as possible.

 

As the HMT system is largely about movement I need to analyse how you perform in various different movement situations.​

But, before I can get you moving safely I need to know a few things about you and your body.


Firstly, are there any underlying orthopaedic issues such as scoliosis or leg length discrepancies that could lead to injury if we don’t take them into account?

Do you have any old injuries that may not have fully healed that may get in the way of training?

My HMT postural analysis takes about 20 min and answers all these questions and show's me exactly where you're at. 

 

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Mobility

Unless you’re a pretzel-like Yogini and you can put your leg behind your head your HMT sessions tend to start with mobility.

Mobility is different to flexibility which is defined as the ability of a muscle or muscle groups to lengthen passively.

Flexibility relates to range of motion alone where as mobility implies strength, stability and coordination through your ROM. 

 

What’s the point of having range in a certain movement if you cannot get yourself there and lack strength in those positions? In fact, this is where injuries commonly happen!

 

Mobility is primary to strength and fitness! 

 

Whether you are running, jumping, squatting, lunging or doing backflips, you need to be able to adopt certain positions before you can strengthen in those positions. 

 

You literally cannot move if you do not have the mobility to do so. This is why all my HMT programs start with mobility.

 

This doesn’t mean you can’t do anything else until you’ve got a certain level of mobility. It just means we train this from the get-go.

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Base Conditioning

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To ensure the longevity of your exercise program we often need to do some ground work before we start throwing barbells around and lifting other heavy objects in the name of strength. 

 

If your posture sucks and you can’t stabilise your spine there’s no point in throwing a huge weight on your back and getting you to squat. That’ll only entrench these problems more deeply and make getting you fit and strong even harder.

 

Sometimes you may need a brief phase (6-10 weeks) of exercise aimed at correcting posture, stretching tight facilitated muscles, activating weak inhibited ones, smoothing out imbalances and generally preparing your structure for the rigours of strength training. 

 

This is especially true if you are de-conditioned and out of shape and even more so if you already have aches and pains!

 

If you're already very active and don't have any underlying issues or for some rare individuals with gifted genetics you won't need to do this corrective phase.

 

Many athletes go through a base conditioning phase at the beginning of their season. This prepares them structurally for the more rigorous sport specific strength training still to come.

 

The program at this stage, is aimed more at structural needs as a foundation for the more goal oriented training to come, than at the goals directly.

 

If you're already very active and don't have any underlying issues or for some rare individuals with gifted genetics you won't need to do this corrective phase.

 

This is one way in which my Hybrid Movement Training adapts to your needs.

Strength, Speed, Power and Co-ordination

Functional Exercise is any exercise where the outcome matches the desired outcome of the participant.

This concept is at the heart of my Hybrid Strength System philosophy - the exercise must match your goals, your needs and your abilities or you'll be wasting your time in the gym.

Meeting your needs also means making sure that the outcomes of the program match your desired outcomes.

If your goals are strength, speed or power based, you'll need to lift heavy. The best way to do this is with barbells and the big lifts - squatting, deadlifting and bench pressing.

If your goals are more about feeling better, moving better and having less aches and pains, then your training would focus more on using cables and swiss balls. These modalities tend to foster movements that develop more mobility and co- ordination. 

Whatever your goals, your hybrid sessions adapt to you and your needs.