Why Your Personal Trainer Should Understand Functional Anatomy

If you’ve been consistently working out for some time, your workouts have likely evolved into a choice about educated stressors. These include choice of exercise, technique, exercise order, and exercise modifications. So where does functional anatomy fit in, and why should your personal trainer understand it?

Take low back pain as an example. People use that term frequently, but low back pain doesn’t fall into a single category. It’s essential to understand varying pathologies and recognize which movement patterns will stabilize and strengthen instead of injure and create inflammation. The same rules apply to knees, shoulders, hips, and ankles.

When your trainer is well versed in functional anatomy, your workouts become less about sweating just to sweat and more about improving performance.

Beyond the mere mechanics of an exercise, and the various spinal pathologies and joint limitations, the right personal trainer will also be clear on appropriate and inappropriate exercise options.

When your trainer makes clear which, if any, areas require modifications, it’s quite freeing. It means you have a selection of appropriate training options that will strengthen – not hamper – old injury or surgical sites.

When your personal trainer understands functional anatomy, you benefit now and into the future.

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 can help. This is the type of personal training that I enjoy the most, and I welcome your questions.