October 12th, 2021
Why having an accurate fitness assessment is so important?
You’re not going to get very far if you don’t know where you’re going – which is one of the main reasons we assess – and re-assess – every single client as part of our standard process. But there are other reasons – all of which factor into your custom plan to reach your goals safely:
1. TO REDUCE Your Risk of Injuries
Injuries are a major barrier to physical activity – but they don’t have to be. If you’re recovering from an injury your assessment will give us a full picture of what’s going on so we can work around it safely and do everything we can to support your healing and recovery. If you’re not recovering from an injury, it’ll give us the info we need to prevent one.
2. SO WE CAN WORK ON - AND AROUND - YOUR AREAS OF Weakness
In order to create a plan that addresses you areas of weakness/imbalance – and doesn’t make them worse – we need to know what they are.
For instance, an individual with anterior head carriage (a condition where the head protrudes past the shoulders and neck) should avoid over head press movements, because they could lead to damage. And there are many things we can do to improve posture and reverse this weakness – once we know about it.
(This is where generic programs fall very short and can do more damage than good.)
3. SO WE HAVE LOTS OF WAYS TO MEASURE SUCCESs
Not everyone’s goal is weight loss. Nor is everyone’s goal to get as strong as possible. A fitness assessment takes into account your unique goals and current fitness status. It looks into your flexibility, mobility, cardiovascular level, and more specific goals, such as perhaps having more energy in the morning or moving better at work.
Having a full picture of your starting point allows us to chart a path – and track your progress – in a way that makes the most sense to you.
Physiopedia – “Barriers to Physical Activity” https://www.physio-pedia.com/Barriers_to_Physical_Activity
Physiopedia – “Forward Head Posture”: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Forward_Head_Posture
Grow by WebMD – “Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti)”: https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/abdominal-separation-diastasis-recti#1