As a personal trainer who works with clients at home in the Boca Raton, Florida area. I’m always trying to better my skills at my profession. As I go to fitness centers and personal training studios. I notice more and more how personal fitness trainers don’t assess the clients. What I mean is they don’t test for muscle imbalances, postural distortions, weaknesses and faulty movement patterns among other things. When a client starts out with a personal trainer. The most important things that a personal trainer can do and is supposed to do is assess the client in regards to their fitness level and how they move. Assessment is the key to learning about the client and how they move and respond to exercise. No matter what the goals are for the client. There must be an assessment. As much as this is talked about I don’t see it performed. As for personal trainers pretty much assessment is nonexistent. Assessment also should be done on a weekly basis. To see how the client is performing and moving.
No matter what the goals are for the client such as weight loss, strength training, cardiovascular endurance or balance and flexibility. There must be a corrective exercise component in a personal training session. Every personal training session there must be between 12 and 15 minutes dedicated to correcting and balancing the client’s body. It is very important that the perpetrator such as I be a specialist in corrective exercise and movement. Personal trainers that puts clients through a series of machines and call it a personal training session does a great injustice to the client. Setting them up for muscle imbalances, injuries and can shorten the client’s fitness and health goals.