There are so many benefits to working with a personal trainer, and a postural analysis should be one of them. Unfortunately, not every personal trainer has the same experience, knowledge, and skill set, and not every trainer can offer a postural analysis. It’s a small test that reveals so much information to someone who understands what they’re seeing. A postural analysis can tell your trainer how your muscles and joints work together, help him or her identify imbalances, and help them make the best recommendations about effective, appropriate exercises and stretches for you, your health and your fitness goals.
Here’s Why You Need One
The body functions best when it’s in alignment. That means it can move evenly and distribute your weight properly, which allows your muscles, joins and spine to work together without pain. That’s why it’s so it’s important to check for any imbalances before you start training.
Far too many people don’t understand this, and they go to the gym on their own or take group classes where they perform advanced exercises with poor form. The trouble is, the body remembers good or bad form – whatever you’re repeating. Churning out reps with the same bad form will have a lasting impact in the form of posture problems, persistent pain and a greater likelihood of injuries.
Where to Get One
A postural analysis is one of the many benefits of working with an experienced trainer, and you’ll find it here at Framework Personal Training here in Reno. A postural analysis is performed by measuring curves for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Measurements in the normal range are 30 to 35 degrees. We also measure pelvic tilt, which has different normal ranges for men and women. For women, it should be 7 to 10 degrees. For men, it should be between 4 and 7 degrees. Length and tension measurements are also needed for musculature in relation to structure. All of these tests are performed at our private gym, and the results make it possible for our trainers to develop customized training programs with appropriate exercises and stretches.
The true benefit of a postural analysis is information. Having specific information about muscle groups that are tight, inhibited or weak is the first step to creating a plan that remedies these issues. And that moves you one step closer to your personal fitness goals.
Ask us about a postural analysis today.