In my at-home personal fitness training business, I have many new clients who come to me when they experience shoulder problems. Either they have pain in the shoulders from an accident or past injury that they have never resolved. Personal fitness trainers come across many clients that have issues with the shoulders. From my understanding, they work through it by either properly warming the client up or doing shoulder exercises with less intensity or resistance.
In my fitness program, I do a full assessment and figure out what muscles aren’t dysfunctional in the shoulder region. Once I have figured out what muscles are weak or injured, I set up a rehabilitation program specifically designed for the shoulders, along with the rest of the time for the whole body. While warming up the shoulders is important if there is an issue there, so is strengthening the shoulder complex to make it more stable, along with stretching and a mobility program so that there is pain-free movement. This is not an easy task, but with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced professional, it can help tremendously with the client being pain-free and confident enough to exercise aggressively.
In general, there are four muscles to the rotary cuff region of the shoulder. These muscles are the supraspinatus, teres minor, teres major, and infraspinatus. These muscles work together to keep the shoulder tight and stable. This is just a basic overview of the muscles that cause problems with shoulders. There are many muscle exercises that can aid in the dysfunctional shoulder. But for just general information, I’ll keep this simple.
For example, of one of my clients in Delray Beach, Florida had tremendous problems with his shoulders from playing tennis. The overhead motion to serve a tennis ball gave him pain in his shoulder. By assessing those four muscles, I devised a stretching program along with his fitness program to help him rehabilitate his arm. After three weeks, his pain was gone, and he had much more range of motion and even a stronger and more accurate serve.
Personal fitness trainers are priceless when it comes to them not only setting you up with a fitness program, but also helping you become pain-free through a rehabilitation program.
Michael Metchikian NASM, CPT, CES
Michael is a personal trainer in Boca Raton who works with clients either in-home or at their apartment complexes or gym of their choice. He specializes in many different modalities of training, from strength training, physical rehabilitation for being pain-free, Pilates-based movements, stretching and flexibility, balance issues, and yoga-based movements. He works with his clients in the Delray Beach, Pompano Beach, and Boca Raton area.