For this pro post, we consulted Bidvine pro Alan Gordon‘s right-hand lady Dianna Lloyd-Hughes. Alan operates his business, Alan Gordon Health and Wellbeing, out of Oxford and the Cotswolds. He is an advanced Biomechanist, which is a specialised type of professional with very advanced exercise and injury expertise. He has over 40 years of experience and specialises in women’s exercise, injury and nutrition and people over the age of 45.
In this post, Dianna will go over what Alan does for clients. She’ll also go through the process of working with a Biomechanist, so read on!
Biomechanist… “now what on Earth is that” I hear you say? But that’s no surprise, as there’s only 18 of them in the whole of the UK. And to top it off, people think they’re anything from robot designers to people who make limb replacements.
What is a Biomechanist?
Biomechanists are a cross between a medic and a body engineer. They are very advanced experts in exercise, fitness, and injury Biomechanics.
What does Biomechanics mean?
Biomechanics is the science of all human movement, in every single movement that any human body can make in any situation. So, every time you so much as lift a finger, bend forward, turn sideways, simply look up, or engage in a physical exercise of any description… that’s Biomechanics. Biomechanists are very much the ‘Rolls-Royces’ of this field.
Alan Gordon and Biomechanics
When it comes to nutrition, Alan is very much on the ball there too. Once again, he is in the highest league, so to speak, because he has a first class honours degree in Nutrition. Alan is the only Biomechanist anywhere with this qualification. The strongest aspect of the service that a Biomechanist can provide when you receive personal training from them is that they’re able to make everything that you do in every possible way, genuinely personal; by matching it all exactly to only how you move.
When you receive personal training from a Biomechanist, they’re able to make everything that you do genuinely personal. They do this by matching it all exactly to only how your body works and nobody else’s anywhere.
That’s how seriously smart the personal training process is from a Biomechanist. It pretty much explains why Alan has GPs, physios, osteopaths, pilates and yoga teachers, as well as personal trainers amongst his exercise clients.
A Biomechanist’s professional level of analysing someone’s bodily movements in order to make anything they do in exercise, fitness, weight loss, illness/injury recovery, personal only to the body concerned, simply isn’t within the technical abilities of personal trainers.
Alan knows about this definite lack of expertise first hand. Over the last 14 years, he’s been retained to privately assess well over two and a half thousand personal trainers.
It takes literally years of training to be at a Biomechanist’s professional level. Amongst his qualifications, Alan has a Masters Degree in Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement. He also has over 40 years experience in a vast variety of exercise, weight loss, fitness and injury situations.
Personal Training and Biomechanics
Unfortunately, all personal training courses have no specific Biomechanics training.
Yes of course, absolutely without a doubt … all learning is a great process, but personal trainer courses simply don’t provide the level of training that enables those on them, to analyse someone’s uniquely personal movements head to foot and calculate exercise/fitness techniques, suited solely to the uniqueness of the person concerned. In other words, personal training.
But Biomechanists can do this.
Working with Alan
An informal talk with Alan is first. He wants to know where you are physically at the moment. Where do you want to be? What problems (if any) have you experienced before? Is this your first venture into personal training? What do you think that personal training involves for you?
If that all works out to your satisfaction, you’ll then complete his questionnaire. It is a lengthy and in-depth one, as the personal training process must be rock solid safe. The only way to ensure this is to know all about your background and exercise/medical history.
Remember that you’re receiving an advanced professional service here, so all the information you provide is always totally private and confidential.
The initial consultation with Alan involves going over the answers you provided on your questionnaire and him performing the biomechanical the Range of Motion test. This takes around 45 minutes to accomplish.
With the results (which usually produce around 8-10 pages of A4 notes), he has all he needs to then go away and design your entire physical structure.
It will be completely bespoke to your uniquely personal ways of moving. This means that what you’ll do is about as physically safe as it’s possible to be.
The first physically significant step is increasing your flexibility and mobility. Having limited or poor flexibility is a negative starting point for embarking on any physical development. So the first thing you will do is perform your stretches. Alan will design these to be totally specific to your body, as demonstrated by your test results.
The first session involves going over the calculated stretches in very fine detail, blow by blow. You will receive copies of the stretches, which are full-colour illustrations on laminated sheets. Alan will then ask you to perform them faithfully, every day for two weeks. Over this time, you and Alan will be in regular contact to make sure that all is running according to plan.
Then and only then; the designed more exertional pathway forward would be implemented in the second session. when your joints and muscular system are safer and better prepared for that situation. Without any doubt whatsoever, a quick chat and a few pages of a questionnaire, followed by an immediate launch into exertional things are both incompetent and significantly unsafe, but it happens all over the place, all the time.
It’s actually a very precarious situation because the person’s body hasn’t been properly tested to find out what’s assuredly safe and appropriate for its totally individual strengths and weaknesses.
Receiving personal training from a Biomechanist truly is personal training, and the expertise, knowledge, safety and skills they provide, truly does set them apart in the realms of personal training services.
Alan Gordon, Biomechanist
Alan Gordon Health and Wellbeing
Bidvine Professional since 2016
How about that for some detailed insight into the world of personal training and nutrition? Thank you to Dianna for sharing this information with us, and we hope you found it interesting.
If you want to hire Alan and live in the Oxford area or the Cotswolds, submit a request on Bidvine today. He specialises in training people over the age of 45 and exercise, injury and nutrition for women of all ages. Furthermore, Alan has over 40 years of experience working with clients to improve their health.
When you submit a request on Bidvine, you’ll receive bespoke bids from personal trainers. Are you ready to start on your journey to health?
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