What is kinesiology?

Movement is vital: it keeps us healthy and allows our bodies to do what we want them to do. If you’re not moving properly or want to ensure you keep moving the way you need to, a kinesiologist can help.

As professionals who specialize in human movement, kinesiologists focus on how our anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychomotor behaviour work.

What happens in a kinesiology assessment?

The primary purpose of any kinesiology assessment is to gain an understanding of what our clients’ goals are in terms of general health as well as movement.

Have you had an injury? Are you dealing with lifestyle changes due to diabetes or heart issues? Maybe you have specific activity goals such as golfing 30 rounds this summer, running a half marathon or having the energy to play with your grandkids. Whatever your goal is, we can help you get there.

The first step is establishing a baseline of where you’re at by doing physical fitness testing to compare against existing normative data for men or women of your age.

Initial prevention screening tests can include the following:

  • Balance – coordination level; risk of falls

  • Body composition – waist circumference, muscle mass, visceral fat mass

  • Aerobic fitness – monitoring heart rate and blood pressure with exercise and determining one’s maximum aerobic capacity

  • Movement patterns – any dysfunctional or asymmetrical movement that might lead to injury

  • Muscular strength and endurance – measured against norms to determine any areas that need attention

The fitness-screening process takes about an hour and we will tailor testing to fit your needs and goals.

In addition, we now offer a new body composition test called InBody 570 that quickly and effortlessly measures body composition. Simply by standing on a platform and holding a set of handles, the equipment is able to provide us with a wide range of specific and accurate information on body composition, particularly muscle mass, and overall health. It also allows for better tracking over time.

What happens after the assessment?

Based on the results from your initial screening, a kinesiologist can help you achieve your goals in a number of different ways. We are able to create exercise or training programs, provide exercise counselling, repeat your fitness tests and offer instruction on how to use exercise equipment.

Depending on your particular needs, we will recommend the right course of action for you, including how many sessions we recommend to complete, how often and the length of each session for you to get optimal results.

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OUR FACILITY

Our in-person services are hosted at TrueGrit Fitness & Contitioning, located on 520 Thompson Dr Unit 2, Cambridge, ON N1T 2K8