PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS + PROGRAMMING
Are you reaching a plateau with your training, due to lack of joint mobility throughout your body? Are you aware you need to improve your worst areas but keep getting lost in the depths of unordered, online information?
Have you had an injury or you’re aware that you’re struggling to perform basic movements?
Perhaps it’s time for you to take a mobility / stability assessment and discover exactly where your current limitations exist, so you can begin on the road to improvement…
Harry has been approached by many people, from fathers with kids to professional athletes, who have a reason to believe their mobility is lacking and holding them back, yet have no idea where to start.
With info hubs such as YouTube and Instagram being full of unordered, non-specific information, it’s no wonder these people have felt overwhelmed when beginning their joint-improvement journeys.
With Harry’s help, you will know where to begin and be given your first 6-week block of mobility/stability programming. The MoveMind mobility/stability assessment takes 60 minutes. It’s a simple series of passive and active tests, designed to give you a basic idea of where you currently sit on the healthy joint-continuum. The results from the test will highlight what it is you need to be working on, whether it’s mobility work, stability work or likely a mixture of both.
Who will be doing my assessment?
Your 60 min assessment will be taken by Harry. He has been studying the realms of joint mobility since 2009 when he suffered a debilitating spinal injury to his S1 vertebrae, which he healed holistically over a period of 9 months, without undergoing any surgery, whatsoever.
The key 20% of things that helped fix 80% of the injury? Increasing mobility around the hips was a major component. Also learning how to create tension and radiate it through the torso to brace and stabilise the trunk; a valuable skill that was once missing pre-injury.
Combining techniques and strategies from Christopher Sommer (Gymnastic Bodies), Eric Cressey (Cressey Performance), Carmen Bott (UBC Kinesiology Professor + S&C coach) Dr. Andreo Spina (Functional Range Conditioning), Ido Portal (Ido Portal Method), Gray Cook (FMS) and Kate Galliet (Unbreakable Body), along with concepts from Hatha Yoga and the tested Strength and Conditioning world, Harry has put together a 60 minute assessment that takes a holistic view of your body’s ability to articulate and control the ranges of motion throughout your joints. Harry only uses methods that have been proven to get results from the aforementioned authorities in their respective fields. He has also tested these methods on himself to ensure they are not based on any empty claims.
The reasoning behind Harry’s service is simple; if you cannot control your joints independently whilst under zero load, you can expect problems down the line when you start to integrate your joints into more complex and/or loaded movement patterns that you simply don’t have the mobility/stability to perform.
The only way you are able to increase the current range of motion in your joints is by actively and frequently using what you presently have, with control, consistency and gradually pushing your capacity over time.
You’ve heard the axiom, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and it is true.
Ignoring your mobility practice means you are permitting the corrosion of your body’s foundation. Your joints will naturally calcify and stiffen up, worsening over time and with age.
If you’re sporadically moving and only guessing what to do with your joint health and maintenance, it could be time to schedule an assessment and start working with more of a direction and understanding of what you’re trying to achieve.
The first stage in gaining a useful range of motion in a joint is learning how to articulate that joint through a movement, as independently as possible from the surrounding joints, in a stable and controlled fashion.
Once this is possible with control throughout the entire desired range, it is time to integrate the joint into a more complex movement pattern. It is only once joint independence, then integration, has been achieved that you’re really able to progress and express the body how you wish, without hitting a restrictive plateau.
How you fit the protocols into your lifestyle are up to you. The most important thing to understand is that performing the exercises with good form, frequently and consistently will yield results. Period.
Photo and video will be taken during your assessment to create a data-pool from which Harry can analyse and design your programme. You will be using a combination of; active-static and active-dynamic stretching, isometric contractions, self-myofascial release and loaded progressive stretching in your daily routine.
If your assessment concludes with you needing help from a physiotherapist or other medical professional, you will not be charged. After a diagnosis and permission for the gentle return to healthy movements, Harry can and will help you. His job begins after the initial problem has been diagnosed, either by medical professionals or himself, depending on the issue and knowledge base required.
If you perform the prescribed exercises for 28 days in a row, you will feel the results. For most people, it’s a question of having a routine to follow, much like they have a training programme to get stronger or improve cardiovascular fitness.
Following your programming couldn’t be easier but you must commit to performing the exercises daily to get the best results.
CASE STUDY AND TESTIMONIALS
Chris is an Olympic Weightlifter who came to me with an issue;
His intuition was correct and so was his coach’s eye; his bar receiving position on the Clean portion of the Clean and Jerk lift was skewed. He would catch the bar but start twisting right after. Look at how Chris rotates to his right upon receiving the bar;
After testing Chris, we found that his right hip had very limited internal rotation.
Other results showed up for Chris, too. His hip flexion was limited; tight hamstrings and glutes contributed to a restricted range of motion. The result was to programme 80% of his first block with a 2-day split, repeating on a 7 day cycle, with a focus on hip rotation, hamstring and glute flexibility with hip flexion.
Chris is a competitive Olympic Lifter. He trains anywhere from 3-6 days per week, depending on competition schedules. When he arrives to lift, he has to warm up. I programmed his warm ups to contain a lot of the movements and qualities he needed to work on, specific sets and reps of exercises to do upon arriving to lift. There is time in the warm-up phase that should not be wasted with guesswork.
Above is an example of just some of the exercises that were programmed for Chris’ first block.
One designed to work on active hip internal rotation, another for isometric glute strength and hip extension.
Fast forward 6 weeks, (not forgetting that Chris’ work ethic was second to none, performing the prescribed exercises every day) he lifted at the British Weightlifting South Regionals.
Here’s how he got on (click right arrow to see videos of both lifts);
Fast forward to April 2019;
Chris is now at a phase in his training where he is maintaining the range gains he created in his hips, alongside new found hamstring and glute flexibility. In order to keep these attributes, he has to perform prescribed maintainance movements, at a minimum 3-days per week.
Checking in for a retest can be done every 12-24 weeks around the maintenance phase.
Here are some more testimonials from happy clients;
“I have worked with Harry for a year now and I couldn’t be any happier with the results that have come into fruition. Harry’s attention to detail and eagerness to help has been quintessential in helping me to win the British University Championships and British Under 23s in Weightlifting. He has helped me by tailoring a programme to tackle my mobility issues that have been hindering my performance and as such I have enjoyed a big increase in both Olympic lifts. To anyone seeking to improve their performance, I couldn’t recommend anyone better than Harry.” – Tony Chea, Under 23 British Weightlifting Champion
“Seeing Harry was a necessity for me to further develop my mobility. His assessment was very thorough, highlighting weaknesses and areas of development. From this he was able to produce a personalized programme that after following only for 2 weeks has further developed my mobility. I would recommend Harry to anyone who is interested in developing their body either for everyday life or sporting performance.” – Richard Briggs, British Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
“I had an assessment session with Harry in November 2015. I had pain in my hamstrings and shoulders from my intense daily training. Harry was very thorough and had prepared the session with my problems in mind. Everything was very professional and precise. After a couple of days I received a complete mobility programme with the exercises divided into Day 1 and Day 2, as well as photos and videos. This really helped because it made the “homework” much easier. I have found the programme very beneficial and I feel I have gained mobility. I can absolutely recommend Harry and the MoveMind service.” – Mia Della Casa, gym member
Terms and Conditions
– To book your assessment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Contact form;
You can also text or call +1 236 863 6263
– 60 min assessment $100
– Assessment done in person, downtown Vancouver, Canada.
– 50% deposit required to secure first assessment.
– 72 hours notice required for cancellation of assessment, either in person or online.
Less than 72 hours notice will result in loss of deposit.
– Retests $75.
Retest advised after week 6.
– Ongoing programming : $100 per month
Minimum term; 3 months.
Assessments are available Monday – Saturday.
Harry is not a physiotherapist or chiropractor.
If you are unsure if you are eligible for mobility programming, you should seek professional medical advice, first.
Again, if your assessment concludes with you needing help from a physiotherapist or other medical professional, you will not be charged.