Body Analysis

Morphological and Anatomical Analysis

Morpho-anatomical analysis in training is an important concept to integrate for non-doping athletes for whom the only possible avenue of progressing after the initial “beginner” progress is personalization at all levels. 

This specific assessment in training does not predict the level you will be able to reach with training. 

Morpho-anatomical analysis in training does not predict the level you will be able to reach with training. It only allows you to know where difficulties will arise and by doing so knowingly can prevent certain issues, such as an injury, from occurring. 

By determining this in advance, we can prevent this from developing by immediately selecting the right exercises for yourself that will work the muscle that you want to develop, as well as by reorganizing your program in order to not to develop an unbalanced physique. 

All the polyarticular exercises that we do involve several so-called agonist muscles, which are muscles that have the same function in common, and compete in terms of muscle recruitment during exercise. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to completely compensate for bone lengths with increased mobility if you find yourself in the extremes. If you are really at a disadvantage in a certain type of exercise, then you will need to be extra careful that you don’t overdo through wanting to progress quicker.

What is the morphological and anatomical analysis?

Morpho-anatomical analysis in training consists of analyzing the length of bone and muscle, that is to say: 

For example, an individual with long arms has a high probability of never becoming the bench press world champion. The problem is there is a lot more distance from their body to their hands.

What is the interest?

The advantage of performing your morpho-anatomical analysis in training lies in the lessons learnt from it. Moreover, applications that it has that can then be put in practice to help carry out your personalized program. 

Indeed, the analysis of bone morphology makes it possible to determine difficulties that we will encounter as well as the facilities that we will have to overcome them in advance. 

This difference may also be accentuated by bone differences in terms of the thickness of the thoracic cage. It can be developed during childhood and adolescence through the use of physical exercises. They make you breathless and therefore stretch the rib cage whose sides are still connected during these ages by flexible cartilages in order to “solidify”).

Why do I need perform the morphological and anatomical analysis?

These different bone lengths can also lead to being injured more easily if you are not careful in adapting your training through both the choice of exercises and their amplitudes. Moreover through preventive work that needs to done such as specific mobility exercises that can help to reduce these risks. 

The analysis of muscle lengths, makes it possible to determine our strong and weak points in advance. Therefore, it be able anticipate what issues could happen and even be able to prevent such issues from happening. 

Clearly, thanks to the morpho-anatomical analysis in training, we can save time by getting to know ourselves better. In addition, it reduces our risk of injury and progress better in the medium and long term.

How can I help you to do the morphological and anatomical analysis?

In order to carry out your morpho-anatomical analysis, it is not enough to look at yourself in a mirror and compare yourself to the photos and videos.

It is essential to take a picture from all angles, that is to say, on your feet and in your underwear in the following poses: 

If your body is lean and developed enough, you should be able to use the photos to analyze all of your bone and muscle lengths.

Why do we need to take some pictures?

It is possible that you will have to take some additional photos. In particular, of the hamstrings and / or the calves. They sometimes require, especially in cases where there is a lack of development. It is frequent at these precise locations, specific poses such as poses on tiptoes in order to determine the length of the twins, as well as poses with the knees bent in profile for the hamstrings. 

Taking a photo is mandatory in order to see what the reality is, which can, from experience, sometimes be very cruel. In any case, rest assured, when you are not used seeing yourself so clearly in photos, it is normal to see yourself worse than you are.

What happen if my muscles is short or long?

Finally, I often hear people saying ‘My muscles are not all short and I have a lot of disadvantages and weak points”, but as with everything in life, performing a morpho-anatomical analysis in training takes practice. 

So do not expect at first glance to be able to analyze yourself perfectly. As with progressing in weight training, it will take a little effort, but eventually you will get there.

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