You work out. You have for years. And you’re completely familiar with performing a postural analysis to identify the working relationship of your joints and muscles, pinpoint imbalances and put that information toward creating an effective fitness plan that incorporates appropriate exercises and stretches to efficiently move you toward those health and fitness goals.
We’re guessing no, but the value of a proper postural analysis really can’t be overstated. Fortunately, it’s one of the benefits of working with a personal trainer at a private gym like Framework Personal Training here in Reno.
Here’s the idea. A body in proper alignment functions at its best. You can move evenly, distribute your weight properly, and coordinate your muscles, joints and spine without pain. That’s why it’s so critical to check for imbalances before you start training.
The trouble is that many of us start working out or participating in group classes without the benefit of a postural analysis. Then we compound the problem with poor technique and exercises that are too advanced. Over time, physical imbalances and bad form can develop into a lasting impact – issues like posture problems, chronic pain, even injuries.
There are many, many benefits to working with a personal trainer. One of them is the expertise from which you’ll benefit. The right personal trainer can not only perform a postural analysis, but perform it appropriately and then use the resulting information to design a program that’s tailored to your body and your goals.
At Framework, we perform a postural analysis by measuring curves for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Measurements in the normal range for both are 30 to 35 degrees. Additionally, we measure pelvic tilt. For women, this 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 as it relates to structure. All tests are performed at the Framework gym, and with the results, our trainers can develop a customized training program with appropriate exercises and stretches.
The big takeaway from a postural analysis is information. Having detailed information about tight, weak or inhibited muscle is the first step to identifying a plan to remedy those problems and begin moving you closer to your personal fitness goals.
Ask us about a postural analysis today.