What are the benefits of HUMAN BODY TEST?
This test will show you:
- whether your body is in balance,
- what mobility issues you have,
- if you are prone to injuries and pain,
- and what you should work on to improve your fitness performance.
This test might give you an answer to:
- why you are not improving,
- why you get pain,
- or you injure yourself all over again.
I don't like to exercise, is HUMAN BODY TEST for me?
You are a person, who works whole day and doesn’t like to exercise. Well, I tell you that, it’s time to start doing at least basic exercises to maintain your health and avoid for example back pain.
HUMAN BODY TEST is where you can start. After continue with our Posture and Mobility Programs.
I am a physical worker, should I do HUMAN BODY TEST?
If you are a physical worker, then you should definitely check if your body is in balance! Prevention is the best solution! Don’t waste your time and do the HUMAN BODY TEST now!
I am fit, why should I do HUMAN BODY TEST?
You are regularly going to the gym, fitness classes, dance studios or athlete training. I know you love your training and you have your own goals to achieve, like having 6-pack or being able to do splits.
But did you ask yourself: is my body actually in balance while doing all these exercises? Doing a one type activity can lead to overuse and injuries. This is why we should always give the body new exercises which engage different muscle groups.
Please don’t skip this part. Learn about your mobility and how to sustain the muscle balance by doing this simple HUMAN BODY TEST.
I train professionally, is HUMAN BODY TEST also for me?
Yes, it is.
I know you have a lot of knowledge already about the movement and your body. But how many of you end up in the physiotherapy studios? How often? Many of you don’t stretch properly or are “too flexible”. Who said the sport is healthy …
I know that it is almost impossible to avoid injuries as a professional athlete, dancer, gymnast, martial artist etc. But, having this basic knowledge about the body balanced range of motion can give you an idea or just motivate you to work on strengthening a particular group of muscles, which you do not pay much attention to in your regular training or to get more flexible if your range of motion is decreased.
The test is very short and you may learn something crucial from it.
I am flexible, should I do the HUMAN BODY TEST?
Yes, you should also do it.
In the last few years I’ve been meeting students from all over the world, from different fitness backgrounds, coming here to China to train martial arts (If you’ve been following me, you probably know that I’ve been training Shaolin Kung Fu in China since the end of 2016.) Most of these students spend hours training strength, speed and power and okay Kung Fu also pushes you to be flexible, same with the disciplines such as dance and gymnastics. But… FLEXIBILITY also doesn’t mean that the body is in balance.
Most of us are flexible in one group of muscles and inflexible in the other, depending on the discipline we train or our own habits of stretching and this doesn’t help us to maintain our body in balance.
This is why I recommend doing HUMAN BODY TESTS to everybody, whether you think you are flexible or not. If your range of movement is beyond the excellent score, check the POINT below: “My Score Is Above Excellent, What Should I Do?”.
How to interpret the scores?
So the RULE goes like that: This test will show you the healthy Range of Motion/ Mobility standards. Regardless of the joint, whether it is mobile or stable, you should aim for an excellent score or an average score if you are older.
For more information read the next questions.
I have a poor score, what should I do?
If you have a POOR score you should focus on stretching the muscles targeted in the test at least 2-3 times a week.
My score is above excellent, what should I do?
If your score is ABOVE EXCELLENT, which means you can easily go beyond the standard movement, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop stretching.
I am a person who aim for flexibility and being able to do splits and hold my leg up are my training achievements and goals. If you are a dancer, martial artist, gymnast, or you train other disciplines that require flexibility, having beyond excellent scores in these tests is OBVIOUS and it only means that you should incorporate strengthening exercises for the muscles that are over flexible.
For example your hamstring is over flexible in Human Body Test Mobility 3 – Test 4 Straight Leg Active Raise. It means you should incorporate in your training at least 2-3 times a week strengthening exercises for your hamstring plus you should focus on stabilising your hip and knee joints.
What else should I focus on when doing a HUMAN BODY TEST?
Remember to pay attention to the difference between your right and left side. In physiotherapy we always look for symmetry. The truth is in real life symmetry doesn’t exist, neither in nature, nor in our body. We will never be perfectly symmetric and that’s totally fine and healthy. But, the differences should be minimal and we should always aim towards symmetry.
If one side is worse than the other, you should pay more attention to the worst side and spend more time on improving it. Always do double exercises on the worst side. Let’s say your left side is worse. When you are doing an exercise do a number of reps, f.ex 10 reps, on left, on right and again on the left.