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The Shoulder Complex, Part II

fine anatomy

by Susan L. Hitzmann, MS

The Shoulder Complex, Part II
Studying arm movement, kinesiology and exercises.

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The multiarticular complex of the shoulder gives rise to the dynamic movement potential of the arm at the glenohumeral joint. If it were not for the physiological necessity of the scapulo-thoracic “joint” (discussed in the previous Fine Anatomy column, “The Shoulder Girdle,” …

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Evaluating Instructors

Keep the following qualities in mind when evaluating instructors.

Cuing and Voice Projection: Does the instructor speak loudly and clearly? Is the
cuing well-timed with the music and movements?

Music: Can the instructor work with the beats and phrases?
Is the music played at a safe speed? Is it appropriate
for the group?

Technique: Does the instructor exhibit strong movements and
posture? Are the exercises demonstrated properly?

Safety: Are the movements safe? Does the instructor offer adequate safety tips?

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Web Design That Works

Now that the Web as revolutionary business communication tool has become a fait accompli, a number of personal trainers have discovered ways to elevate the medium to world-class heights and create glistening icons of e-commerce.

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The Effect of Concurrent Training

Numerous recreational exercisers complete their
cardiovascular and strength training workouts either during the same training session or within hours of each other. This sequential exercise regime is referred to as “concurrent training.” The question often asked of personal fitness trainers (PFTs) is whether performing cardiovascular exercise prior to strength training will compromise the strength training performance. A recent publication by Sporer and Wenger (2003) addresses this question, as well as some related training issues.

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Here Comes the Bride

Are you leveraging your personal training knowledge, developing new revenue streams within your business and distinguishing yourself from other trainers?
Consider marketing to people who need to train for a special occasion, such as a wedding, formal dance, landmark birthday, class reunion or spring break. Clients getting ready for a special occasion will be highly motivated to reach their goal, be it fitting into a wedding dress or having “ripped” abs for a trip to the beach.

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Insurance Companies: Pay for Exercise

You’ve seen firsthand how exercise helps clients lose weight, lower blood pressure and achieve other health benefits. Insurance companies are responding to results like these by becoming increasingly willing to provide cash incentives for people who work out.

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Tricks of the Trade

The first step is to create an awareness of what good posture feels like. I use a technique I call “sit talls.” Clients sit in a chair or on a bench in a relaxed position (but without leaning back), and place the fingertips of both hands on either side of their rectus abdominis. Then I say, “Imagine that if you could make yourself 3 inches taller, you would win $50 million” (or some other “ultra bribe”). Clients sit much taller and straighter. I make sure they keep their head level and continue to breathe normally.

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The Shoulder Complex, Part II

TThe multiarticular complex of the shoulder gives rise to the dynamic movement potential of the arm at the glenohumeral joint. If it were not for the physiological necessity of the scapulo-thoracic “joint” (discussed in the previous Fine Anatomy column, “The Shoulder Girdle,” IDEA Personal Trainer, October 2003, p.36) and its role during abduction or flexion of the upper limb to elevate, rotate, tilt and swivel, the elementary movements of the arm would be greatly limited.

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