Functional exercises are crucial for training clients to meet the needs of their sport or daily activities. Adding a second component of core stability can further enhance exercise program effectiveness. Combing these two elements is not only crucial for post rehabilitation programs but necessary for specificity of training with athletes. This video demonstrates a simple but effective functional exercise that trainers can integrate into programs to not only improve core strength and endurance for the low back but keep your programs more interesting and fun.
Knowing how to create functional exercise programs is crucial for the health professional. While there is nothing wrong with traditional weight training programs in terms of building strength or stamina, these types of exercise programs typically train only isolated muscle groups. For instance, a person may train to bench press two hundred pounds, yet still strain their back while lifting their child out of a car seat. Functional exercise programs train the body to use all the muscle groups together and translate into improved activities of daily living.
Whether you are a physical therapist, athletic trainer, chiropractor, personal trainer, or wellness professional, at some point in time you will interact with the senior adult. Fitness is typically related with the younger or middle aged adult, but people over 60 need adequate strength, flexibility and endurance to sustain function and perform normal activities of daily living. Therefore, functional tests are essential for the health professional interacting with the senior adult.
The typical strength and flexibility tests used with a younger population will usually not meet the needs of the senior adult nor will the normative values associated with those functional tests apply.
Are your fitness tests accurate? Fitness tests are performed in many settings, such as athletic training, wellness programs, and personal training to help establish fitness baselines and to track improvement. But are your fitness tests accurate with results that are stable and consistent over time? This is called reliability. Without reliability, your tests may not be establishing a correct baseline or showing true client progress. Following are four ways to make sure you keep your fitness tests accurate.
Superfood is a catch all term for foods high in antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. Superfood groups are touted to have many beneficial properties and contribute to a person’s general health. While there are many claims to the benefits of superfood, from reducing risk of disease or improving emotional wellness, the scientific studies are not conclusive. But common sense does seem to dictate that adding a superfood just makes sense. Healthy foods make healthy meal plans. So with that in mind,
Most personal training businesses and personal trainers are interested in retaining clients and adding new clients. This just makes sense. People will drop out of programs, so it just makes sense to try to gain new clients. While personal training is often viewed as working with a healthy and average youthful population, there are other options. It is possible to expand your personal training business by attracting the senior population. By having the knowledge and the ability to offer personal training senior test assessments,
This article will discuss poor posture of the upper back and neck and provide some suggestions for exercises to correct the problem. Poor posture in the upper quadrant can lead to various problems and symptoms such as pain in the neck, shoulder and upper back muscles, joint dysfunction, arthritis, headaches, and fatigue. Poor posture can result in forward round shoulders, stooped upper back and excessive head forward positioning. Typically poor posture is a result of long term incorrect positioning habits,
Determining a proper nutrition assessment can be a daunting task whether you are a nutritionist, dietitian or personal trainer. What percentage of carbohydrates, fat and protein do they eat? How can you tell if a client is lacking in certain nutrients and vitamins just by looking at them? Are they getting enough selenium, potassium or vitamin B? Are they getting too much sodium or cholesterol? And even if the client is lacking in selenium, what foods do they need to eat to make up for it?
When many people hear aquatic physical therapy they think of swimming or treading water. But it is much more than that. Aquatic physical therapy has many benefits, and swimming and the rewards of such is one aspect of it, mainly due to the properties of water itself.
The buoyancy component provides an environment of decreased weight for someone engaged in aquatic physical therapy. This decreases stresses and forces on the joints which allows for less pain while exercising than on land in a full gravity situation.
Personal trainers are mainly known for performing fitness assessments, establishing wellness goals, creating fitness programs and working with their clients to educate and motivate for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Advanced training and certifications in nutrition have opened up the potential for the personal trainer to expand their services by offering nutrition assessment and counseling.
To offer nutrition assessment consults, it is first necessary to examine the client’s current lifestyle, both in terms of exercise and eating habits to determine a proper baseline.