The Fundamental Nine
The majority of people’s bodies move in similar patterns. We can break these movement patterns down into what we call the Fundamental Nine.
The goal for every client is to include all of the nine movements in their training, in some variation; and to develop these throughout their fitness journey through various methods.
Structuring your approach around movements rather than specific exercises prevents you from falling into the trap of forcing people to perform certain exercises that don’t fit their body structure, skill set, or goals.
Now that we’ve identified the fundamental movements, the next step is to break down each movement pattern into specific exercises. We can use these to create a progression and regression system that we can then apply to our clients.
This system is vital for a number of reasons. It enables the coach to stick to the movements our bodies were designed to do, whilst selecting exercises that are suitable for each individual; it ensures consistency within your coaching service; and it gives each client a progression pathway to follow in their training.
The Progression and Regression System
An effective coaching approach is based on consistency.
Your clients need to feel that they are getting the same technical rigour, and the same excellent training experience, every time they have a session with you.
From a technical perspective, having a framework to follow will also guarantee better results for your clients, avoid injury, and provide a gradual increase in difficulty (and therefore development) for the client’s progress.
Our progression-regression system gives a clear path for this, laying out each of the key movements and outlining how we can both progress and regress them. It’s the basis for a consistent approach that flexes to meet the client’s needs and creates a training programme that revolves around their particular set of competencies and goals.
Here is the full system of progression and regression for each type of movement.