The Pearson Method Courses

Upper Body Course
Date: TBC



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Course Price: £440


Course Instructors

Heather Pearson MSc - Click for Biography

Jana Matouskova - Click for Biography


Course Outline

The Pearson Method Upper Body course is designed to identify weaknesses at the neck, shoulder and elbow, particularly for those who are having muscular issues (fatigue, discomfort, pain) with weight training for the upper body: bench press, shoulder pressing, pull ups, muscle ups.



Once weaknesses have been detected, specific activation techniques, stretches and strength rehabilitation exercises can then be prescribed progressing to particular rehab strength exercises in the gym. The course is also designed for people to lift more weight by determining weaknesses and understanding treatment methods and rehab exercises to help pursue personal bests in any given resistance exercise.

You will learn anatomy for the upper body, range of motion tests, biomechanics tests, resisted muscle tests, strength rehabilitation exercises, optimal treatment methods to help grow muscle and resolve injuries, activation techniques and advanced strength rehabilitation exercises. This includes current injuries, post-surgery, old/chronic injuries.

This course is designed for personal trainers, coaches, athletes and therapists to help resolve injuries with weight lifting, injury prevention and to increase lifts both under load and body-weight safely for competitive purposes - or just passion.

The course is both theory and hands-on so please bring comfortable clothing.


Course Schedule

Day 1 – 9.30am to 6pm

09.30 Registration and Introduction
10.00 What is a joint imbalance? Rehab strength vs gym strength
10.30 Understanding upper body gym injuries and symptoms/red flags
11.00 Break
11.20 Anatomy of the neck and shoulder and elbow
11.30 Testing for upper body injuries
11.45 Range of motion tests
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Range of motion tests
14.15 Muscle testing: resisted tests
15.30 Break
15.50 Muscle testing: resisted tests
17.00 Pearson Method biomechanics and case study
17.30 Traffic lights

Day 2 – 9.30am to 6pm

09.30 Rehab exercises
11.00 Break
11.20 Activation Techniques and Stretching: beginner and advanced
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Gym rehab exercises
15.30 Break
15.50 Treatments for muscle growth and gym injuries
16.10 Psychology and the diaphragm: brain and breathing rehab exercises
17.10 Putting it all together
17.30 Traffic lights



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