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To test both your learned and intuitive abilities to *see* gait patterns and alignment changes, I'm giving you one of the tests our Whole-Body Alignment students should be able to pass. Follow this link (click) to access data from a gait motion lab.
1. Click to start the person walking.
2. Click to add lines.
If you're having problems already, you might not be ready for the next part 🙂
3. Toggle the four options (gender, moods, weight) right to left to see how the body changes its gait pattern in response to out personality, responds to anthropometric variations, etc. It is amazing! The perfect thing to do at work on a Friday. Tell your boss you're crunching some data. And then analyze their gait as they walk away, pleased that you're not on Facebook.
Although, if you're on our FB page, I'm sure that they'd be OK with it.
4. See if you can answer these questions:
1. What is the main anthropometrical difference between Full Male and Full Female?
2. What is the main weight-bearing motor skill missing in Full Male vs. Full Female?
3. What is a main culturally-influenced difference between Full Male and Full Female?
4. Normalizing for weight and gender, but full relaxed and sad, what is the greatest asymmetrical thing you see?
5. What does "happy" walking do to the center of mass? What cliche is validated by this analysis?
6. What characteristic does Fully Male share with Heavy when comparing the two?
7. Evaluating "NERVOUS" from the pelvis down, What appears to be happening with the walker's cadence?
8. Analyzing #7 further, what do the lower legs tell you about the muscles in the trunk...specifically?
9. Evaluating "Nervous" from the pelvis up, what's going on?
10. Which combo gives the walker the GREATEST amount of hip extension? The least (i.e. where is walking with hip flexion the greatest)?
5. Post your answers and I'll post mine...in a bit 🙂 Don't want you cheating or anything. (UPDATE: Mine and many other answers posted below in comments!)