#1 – Address Muscle Imbalances
Because of the technological society we live in today, every human is susceptible to some sort of muscle imbalance. The rigors of daily activities and repetitive stress on the body make these imbalances easier to obtain and more difficult to reverse if not addressed. Whether it’s visual through posture or sensational through pain, your body will usually communicate a muscle imbalance to you in a way that is not easily ignored.
Personal training can provide you with a plan of attack on how to functionally address your muscle imbalances. Simple stretching and strengthening will not undo an adaptation that your body has created. Tissues must be retrained and forced to function the way that they are meant to, especially if they have not performed that function over a sustained period of time. This is where the tools and knowledge of a trained professional can assist you with.
#2 – Individualized programming
Training is a process. Nothing happens overnight in training. No matter what the short term goal is, the ultimate goal for everybody that trains is long term athletic development and continual progress with limited injury. This is easier said than done. Everybody is different and has their own optimal path of consistent progress. Most people do not know the science behind their path and tend to opt for a ‘more is better’ mentality. This may work for a while, and initial gains will be experienced until the body reaches the exhaustion phase and progress is hindered (plateau).
An individualized program can assist you in getting back on the right path to progress. By taking into account your current strength levels, mobility/flexibility, imbalances, and genetics, a holistic approach can be developed to maximize your individual potential. This program will provide you with a periodized system that progresses your body through its natural responses to training. This way you know when it’s time to go hard and when it’s time to cool off without guessing.
#3 – Focus on ‘Lagging’ Skill
Skills are acquired through repetition. In order to get proficient at a new acquired skill, continuous perfect repetition is required. If you are trying to obtain a new skill that you feel is lagging in your repertoire, and you are not getting enough practice then supplemental training can assist you. Whether it be olympic lifting, Squatting, or running, taking the time away from your regular training routine will allow you to put in the practice you need to makes strides.
Doing this under the supervision of a trained eye can ensure you are performing the skills correctly and provide you with the feedback necessary for progress. Skill supplemental training doesn’t even have to be on a technical exercise. Simply supplementing a recovery day with proven regeneration techniques that only personal training can provide will assist in your ability to recover faster while also allowing you to be educated on the skills needed to perform those techniques on your own.