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FNS1: Principles of Human Motion

2 day workshop

How often have clients asked you, 

  • "Will higher reps keep me lean while helping me tone and lose weight? If so, what’s the magic number?

  •  Will spinning make my legs big?

  •  How many reps should I do get bigger?

  •  Can I lose all this weight doing Pilates and doing cardio?

  •  Are really slow reps more effective than fast reps for gaining strength or mass? 

  • How will I know when I have stretched enough?

  • My medical professional says that I need to work on activating my glutes. What does that mean and how will I know when I’ve done it?"

The list goes on. People want to know how exercise is going to change their body. As, exercise professionals (personal trainers, Pilates and Yoga instructors, physical therapists, strength coaches, etc.) we need to understand how specific characteristics of physical activities (force) stimulate changes in the body and the brain. This information will help enhance your ability to truly customize the exercises you design to meet the needs, abilities, and goals of your clients. This interactive, 2-day workshop is packed with reviews of peer reviewed research, application of and experimentation.

  1. We examine peer reviewed literature to follow the effects of exercise from outside the body, through the connective-contractile tissue continuum and peripheral nervous system, to the brain. We explore the processes that lead to the structural adaptations in muscle, connective tissues, vascular tissues, and the nervous system (including the brain) that we recognize as the fruition of exercise (increased strength, muscle, skill, less fat, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, better stress management, etc.).

  2. We use cutting edge, wireless, surface electromyography (Delsys Trigno Wireless EMG) to explore how the nervous system orchestrates muscle recruitment in response to specific mechanical challenges. 

  3. With a better understanding of how exercise influences the neuromusculoskeletal systems we will develop new exercise design strategies and practice ways of using our current tools more strategically and effectively.

Here are a few of the topics that we cover. It may not seem like much, but it is dense and applicable.

  • Muscle failure is not a singular event nor a single point in a rep. It is a process that may be observed by monitoring the activity of the nervous system. Why should you care? Muscle "failure" is often the target to achieve specific goals. We will take a look at how failure may be a byproduct of the real stimulus, metabolic fatigue, that drives the changes that we are looking for. This knowledge will increase the ways that we can pursue hypertrophy and increases in strength.
  • Motor unit and muscle group recruitment change as tissues fatigue under lighter loads and longer durations vs heavier loads and shorter duration. In addition, conditioning (fitness level) changes the neuromuscular response to load and time, as well. Why should you care?  To achieve specific goals (hypertrophy, greater strength, control, or endurance, less body fat, etc), exercise is often pursued to a point of perceived exertion, fatigue, or "failure". Which is necessary and/or essential to each goal? By exploring acute and chronic neuromuscular adaptations, we can strategically design the time under tension, effort, and load that is needed to stimulate a variety of goals.
  • The differences between the neurological demands of concentric, eccentric, and isometric muscle contractions. Why should you care?  This information is key to goal, experience, and control based customization of the length of the concentric, eccentric, and isometric phases of a muscle group's contraction. 
  • The differences between the metabolic demands of concentric, eccentric, and isometric muscle contractions. Why should you care?  This information will help guide how to maximize or minimize energy consumption of a muscle group by customizing the length of the concentric, eccentric, and isometric phases of the contraction.
  • Motor unit recruitment strategies from potentiation to fatigue.
  • Passive stretching has been roundly ridiculed and labeled as a useless, if not dangerous, force application. But is it, really? We will explore the structure of the Contractile Connective Tissue Continuum™ (CCTC) and observe that this tissue is not uniform in its composition or function throughout the body. For example the CCTC made up of the achilles tendon and the gastrocnemius are structurally and functionally different that the CCTC of the patellar tendon and the vastus intermedius.  As a result, the force applications (like passive stretching) applied to one joint may be inappropriate for another.
  • Understanding the structural and therefore functional differences between the CCTC that control different joints (hip vs ankle, for example) can also lead to a refinement of the design, volume, and intensity of an exercise. Therefore, exercise design, volume, and intensity can be specific to the body part, as well as to the individual.


All of MyoTopia's courses are taught by Jacques H. Newell Taylor. He is an exercise scientist and neuroscientist with over 25 years of education and experience in the fields of applied neuroscience and exercise science. While Jacques developed MyoTopia's continuing education series and the CMP process, he is grateful for the collaboration with his colleagues and supportive community of exercise professionals that enabled him to do so.



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