Ok, we are all back from our vacations and we are now caught up with life, work (at least we should be), and have all our new years goals in mind. Of course for most us one major goal is to improve our physical fitness, so where do we start? We go hard for two weeks and make fitness a priority for a short while only to get hurt, get bored, and/or lose motivation, right? WRONG!
A few years ago I felt stuck in my career and I had all these ideas as to what I wanted to do but I did not know where to start. So, a friend of mine recommended a business coach. I decided to give it a shot by doing an assessment. The consultation and assessment helped me answer several questions about myself that allowed me to narrow down my focus so that I could begin taking the necessary steps toward creating my vision, which is Perform for Life.
1. Take 5-10 minutes to complete our confidential NEW CLIENT QUESTIONNAIRE (Intake sheet).
2. Expect a phone call/e-mail within 24 hours to schedule your assessment.
3. Expect a 60-90 time frame which consists of a consultation (15-20 mins of going over Intake sheet) followed by a movement assessment to evaluate your POSTURE, STRENGTH, MOBILITY, BODY AWARENESS, ETC.
4. GET STARTED WITH YOUR RESULTS BASED FITNESS JOURNEY!
6 reasons why you should get a professional fitness assessment
Help you identify musculoskeletal imbalances
We all have imbalances and adding strength exercises or doing repetitive cardio movements to dysfunction just makes them worse. It is important to identify them in order to regain mobility or stability in certain joints and muscles so that we can have a better foundation. Better musculoskeletal balance will help prevent injury and allow us to reach our goals faster.
Get to know the facility to see if it’s the right fit for you
Your first impression of a facility can tell you a lot. How clean is it? How well do you connect with the professional(s)? Are they knowledgeable? Are they friendly? Before you commit to working out or training at a professional facility you should probably have some of these questions answered and the assessment process will also answer these questions for you.
To help answer fitness and nutrition related questions
Should I work out in the morning or at night? Should I do cardio or resistance training? What should I be eating? The list of questions may vary and several of these questions can be answered by your fitness professional(s) who will help guide you in the right direction.
To help you identify what your primary fitness goals should be
We all have too many goals in mind and we want to reach all of them in a short period of time. However, it is not realistic to achieve results in several areas or even just a few—having way too many focus points may cause stress and desperation when little to no results are seen. For example it’s not ideal to gain muscle mass and lose fat at the same time—you have to pick one and it is usually better to gain muscle mass first before losing fat.
To get a customized program design before starting your training program
If you decide to work with a fitness professional, the assessment is critical in order to design a program with planned progressions and targets that are specifically designed to get the result(s) you are looking for. This consists of a detailed outline of all your workout days including the exercises, volume, (sets and reps) and intensity (difficulty based on other parameters). Basically speaking: the ultimate blueprint to your goals.
To help you identify your strengths, areas to improve, likes, and dislikes
It is important for you and the professional to identify your strengths so that you can spend more time on your weaknesses. For example, if you have good shoulder range of motion, you may not want to spend too much time doing shoulder mobility exercises. The assessment process will identify areas that you need to spend more time focusing on. Another example would be if you want to get a truly stronger lower body you need to do heavy resistance training in the lower region which requires core stability as a prerequisite. During your assessment if you find that your core is unstable it is important to focus on core stability first before starting true lower body strength training. It is also important to communicate with your fitness professional what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy in order to find a balance between the two.
* Make sure your professional has a professional certification through the NSCA, NASM, ACSM