DNS Exercise-1 for Gym

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 17 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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The new DNS Gym course will be presented at Pro-Gym in Stockholm, Sweden on August 13-14 2016.

Whenever I have taught the DNS Exercise courses there have often been requests for a more gym- specific content, and as a result we have designed a DNS Gym course to fill that demand.

The DNS for Gym includes material from the original Exercise course (now modified to apply to gym training) as well as a large portion of new gym-specific material.


Besides standard DNS Exercise Part I objectives the following topics will be covered:

  • Core stabilization as a prerequisite for lifting.
  • The role of the diaphragm’s postural and/or respiratory functions in various types and levels of lifting.
  • Sensory-motor control for weight training.
  • DNS active exercise positions to train core stabilization and other ideal stabilization stereotypes for some of the major exercises.
  • How to apply DNS principles to some of the main lifting exercises
  • The most frequently occurring non-optimal stereotypes of weight training:
  • Mobility, strength, and coordination (Active Exercises) from the developmental perspective to enhance lifting ability.


There have been some questions asked whether the course is mainly aimed for traditional gym training, also referred to as Body-building training, or if it would suit powerlifters and cross-fitters as well.

The movement patterns should be the same regardless what we call the training. Core stabilization and good joint centration with good stabilization of all joints throughout the full range of the movement is the standard protocol for all lifting. The different types of training are only separated by the goal of the training.

The variable parameters are: the loading, range, number of repetitions, speed, time under tension and the different combinations of joints involved but not the quality of the joint movements.

No lifting is performed better and safer with dysfunctional movement patterns.


This simple illustration shows were the DNS Gym course fits in:


DNS Gym Course 1

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