29 Mar 2018

How to Study Muscles for Anatomy

Study Advice

Heard of a personal trainer enthusiastically saying, “Let’s focus on working the glutes, traps, and lats today” and had no idea what it meant?

Well, don’t be confused. Often exercises are named for the body part worked.

What is Anatomy?

The human body is complex. Anatomy is the branch of science that studies the bodily structure and analyses the relationship between the body parts. Exam candidates, in particular, find the study of anatomy a particularly intimidating subject.

Why do Personal Trainers Need to Study Anatomy?

Studying anatomy is a particularly important subject for Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors. They are required to study muscles for anatomy to equip them with the right biological knowledge.

Learning even the basic anatomy for strength training, for instance, can enhance the results. This know-how proves effective for the personal trainers to develop effective training programs for their clients.

Is it hard to study muscles for anatomy, though? Not if you plan your study and try to comprehend your study material.

Quick Study Tips for Studying Anatomy

Here are some tips that you can follow so your study doesn’t seem too overwhelming.

Tip 1: How to Build Muscle Memory

That’s basically what you need to do. And in order to qualify as a personal trainer, you will need to master your knowledge of the muscles and movements in the human body. Interested in muscle building? Check out our blog and find out ‘What You Need to Know About Muscle Building.’

Remember, anatomy isn’t just some cruel way to weed out the (supposedly) less intelligent trainers who struggled with exams in school; not at all. A working knowledge of human anatomy is critical to your development as a personal trainer; your very competitiveness in a competitive market.

If you know how the body works and why, you’re far better placed to be an innovator; a fitness mover and shaker.

Tip 2: Learn the Body Part by Part

Choose one body part to master at a time and analyse it to death. Learn the muscle names and use your own body to see exactly how those muscles work. Picture how it’s moving and contracting. Remind yourself of that muscle throughout your day as you use your own muscles in the same way.

You can also group the muscles by what they look like, their location in the body and their functionality. This grouped study will help you understand the human body a bit better.

Tip 3: Don’t Use Word Association

Or any other rote learning technique for that matter. Yes, it might get you through the exam, but will you be set up as a knowledgeable personal trainer? This is your career, so go for understanding, not cramming. 

Tip 4: Use Online Visual Aids

Sites like getbodysmart and YouTube have excellent video collections depicting the way muscles move. Watch the clips and mimic the movements.

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