and the

Nervous System

Exercise is perhaps the most prescribed method for managing and improving physical and mental health. Achieving the benefits of exercise1 happens when specific changes occur in the neuromusculoskeletal continuum2. If the type or amount of the chosen exercise3does not stimulate the adaptations needed to achieve the goal, exercise can be a frustrating, futile endeavor4.
Force and the Nervous System (FNS) is a series of educational platforms5that help exercise professionals learn to confidently design exercises that stimulate specific changes in the neuromusculoskeletal continuum. FNS explores 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. This series empowers the professional with a better understanding of how to work with their tools, yielding better results through science.

  1. Less pain and body fat; lower cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure; increased strength, performance, learning, and mental clarity; more control, flexibility, and stress relief

  2. Neuromusculoskeletal continuum: nervous, muscular, skeletal as well as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems

  3. Weight training, manual resistance, resistance bands, bodyweight training, yoga, Pilates, cardio, etc.

  4. Examples; despite great effort, weight loss and/or improvements in cholesterol, blood glucose, etc. are elusive; even with proper form, performance does not improve, and/or nagging issues/discomfort linger; despite a disciplined stretching routine, stiffness and limited motion persist

  5. FNS1:Principles of Human Motion, FNS2:Mindful Motion, FNS:Pilates, FNS:Yoga, FNS:Exercise Design Lab, articles, social media posts