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Personal Training

In utilizing exercise as a tool to improve health, it is essential to practice “Functional Movement” by selecting exercises that have a functional application to your life. For example, an exercise such as the ‘leg press’ has very little carry-over to real life situations. A squat is very similar to the ‘leg press’ in relation to muscle involvement and joint motion and tones the same groups of muscles as does the leg press.  The difference is that squatting has a direct carryover to everyday life. The functionality of the squat exercise not only improves movement aesthetics, it also trains the body to move correctly.
Corrective exercises help prevent injuries, reduce movement deficiencies, improve muscle imbalances, and maximize results by utilizing safe, individualized training programs. The personal trainer will perform several assessments to identify any dysfunctions. Based on these evaluations a plan of action will be developed and corrective exercise solutions implemented.  The assessments performed will address posture, movement patterns (biomechanics), core, and stress.

Posture evaluation
Without proper posture it is absolutely impossible to achieve optimal health. Your posture will affect not only the health of your spine and joints, but your visceral organs and immune system. After locating all of your postural deviations you will then be introduced to stretches and exercises designed to improve your posture. You will not be pain free until you improve your posture!

Movement evaluation
The movements assessed are typically squatting, pushing, pulling, rotating, lunging, bending and gait in order to get a better picture of your essential movement patterns that you perform on a regular basis. For example, mopping the floor includes bending and rotating, and we squat every time we get in and out of a chair. Dysfunction in any of these movements creates unnecessary stress on the spine and joints, which leads to degeneration of the disks.

Core evaluation
All human movement originates from the core, which is designed to move the torso and stabilize the spine while under load or in an unstable environment. The core assessment is a series of tests on the multiple muscles of the mid-section that are designed to support your spine. When strong and functioning properly, the core musculature will take the forces out of the spine and dissipate them into the musculature. When the core is dysfunctional or weak the muscles do not recruit properly, and unnecessary disc pressure is created which increases the risk of injury (e.g., disc degeneration).

Stress evaluation
Excessive stress inhibits the body’s natural repair process. Without proper rest and repair the body is unable to achieve optimal results. Most individuals think stress is just emotional, but it can also be physical, nutritional, chemical, electromagnetic, or thermal. Your overall stress level is essential to know as this will give the personal trainer insight into how much physical stress (exercise) your body will be able to handle in a positive manner.