We’ve written before about the many benefits of working with a personal trainer. But not all trainers are equal, and if you’re researching options, it’s worth your time asking about whether a potential trainer offers a postural analysis. That’s because posture affects everything – including your workouts. Here’s what to know about the postural analysis, and why it’s so important to your health.
The Importance of Posture
In our largely sedentary world of smartphones and computers, posture is often compromised – and at a serious cost. Proper posture is critical for allowing musculoskeletal systems to function as they’re intended. There is an important balance that must be maintained, and it’s all too common for people to experience chronic pain and other issues directly as a result of bad posture.
In the gym, poor posture opens the door for multiple muscle imbalances and bad exercise technique – a recipe for injury.
Inexperience in the gym can also be problematic. Many people start training with no real direction or plan, or they jump into group classes where they perform advanced exercises without proper supervision. Not only can this lead to injury, it’s actually a way of training the body to remember poor form and technique. And the result of that is posture problems and the chronic pain that goes with it.
The Postural Analysis
The benefit of starting any exercise program with a postural analysis first is useful information. This quick assessment quickly reveals which, if any, muscle groups are tight, weak, or inhibited; identities imbalances; and helps a knowledgeable trainer create an effective plan to not only remedy those issues, but also move you closer to your fitness goals.
Not every gym, nor every trainer, will offer a postural analysis. Here at Framework Personal Training in Reno, a postural analysis is one of the many benefits of working with our experienced trainers.
The analysis is a measurement of the curves for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Normal range measurements for both are 30 to 35 degrees. We also measure pelvic tilt, which should be 7 to 10 degrees for women, and between 4 and 7 degrees for men. Length and tension measurements are also needed for musculature in relation to structure. We perform all tests right here, and we use the results to develop a customized training program with appropriate exercises and stretches.
If you suspect that your posture is far from optimal, ask us about a postural analysis today.