Personal trainers can be found in almost every gym these days, and unless you’re doing your homework, you may not understand one trainer’s credentials from another’s. So what sets a personal trainer apart? That really depends on you – your needs and your goals. But when push comes to shove, choosing a personal trainer who understands functional anatomy is always a wise decision. Here’s why.
When you’ve been training for any extended period of time, workouts inevitably evolve into a choice of educated stressors. After all, if we’re going to enjoy the luxury of being active now and into the future, we must be clear about our physical state and the stressors we’re inflicting on them. They include, in part:
- Exercise technique
- Exercise selection
- Order of application
- Exercise modifications for orthopedic concerns
Quick question – are you clear on appropriate exercise techniques, selections, order and modifications? Better yet, is your personal trainer?
It’s essential that we understand not just the mechanics of a given exercise, and not just the different kinds of spinal pathologies and joint limitations, but also the appropriate and inappropriate exercise selections for each. As a personal training client, you may not know all of this, but your trainer should.
And really, it’s one of the most freeing educational journeys that you can embark on. Why? It means you can take any exercise class or participate in any training environment that you find motivating – with one catch.
For this to serve you well, you must understand the areas that you are limited to when it comes to past injuries, surgeries, and needed modifications for each. You – or your personal trainer.
Think of it like this – low back pain does not just fall under one category. You have to understand the varying pathologies and be very clear about what movement patterns will stabilize and strengthen instead of injure and create inflammation. The same rules apply to knees, shoulders, hips, and ankles.
When your personal trainer understands functional anatomy, you’ll benefit now and over the long run.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of a personal trainer who understands functional anatomy, and how it can benefit you specifically, I’m happy to answer your questions. This is exactly the type of personal training that I enjoy.