As a Personal Trainer I hear it all the time; “I don’t need someone to show me how to workout, I know what I’m doing.” That’s great if people are confident in their workout abilities, but what they may not realize is they could be doing more harm to their bodies if they have imbalance present. Imbalance comes from injuries, overuse or underuse of a muscle, or inactive muscles. Through my experience of assessing members and clients, 95% of people do have an imbalance of some sort.
If imbalances do exist it’s important to assess where the imbalance is coming from. Specific exercises can then be done in order to correct it. If you do have any existing injuries, a Personal Trainer can show you how to strengthen the area, as well as teach you what you should not be doing so as to not prolong or reinjure the area. Getting rid of any imbalances and strengthening your weaknesses will reduce the risk of injury to the body as well as maximize the results of your workout. WHICH IS WHAT WE ALL WANT!
Areas we look at during an assessment:
Core strength consists of many muscles such as Transversus Abdominis, Internal Obliques, External Obliques, Rectus Abdominis, and Erector Spinae. This is your base during physical activity and your core should always be engaged with every exercise you perform.
Other areas we look at are lateral shifting in the hips and ankles, knees turning inward or outward while performing squats, dipping in the hips and proper core engagement while performing a plank, rounding of the shoulders or winging scapula while doing any pushing or pulling exercises.
We check for inactive muscles; in other words, muscles that aren’t firing during a workout. You want to make sure your muscles are firing properly to get the full benefit of your exercise.
Also critical is increasing flexibility as well as range of motion. The list goes on.
Basically what I am trying to say is, before you start a workout program get assessed by a Certified Personal Trainer and take the time to work on correcting those imbalances. In the long run you will be doing your body a huge favour as well as getting yourself well on your way to seeing those results for which you’ve worked so hard.
I promise, strengthening the body’s weaknesses, increasing flexibility and of course activating inactive muscle is worth the time in order to feel and look your best. Fitness is a lifestyle so take the time to do it right!
Book your free consultation and physical assessment with Amber today!