I am frequently asked by friends and family members for a workout program. Without having a chance to assess them and speak with them, I resort to sharing a workout template which is usually a generic full body workout (with minor customizations). After 5 minutes of appreciation and great intentions, the program never sees the light of day again.
The cookie cutter approach to training programming rarely works. As any personal trainer will tell you, handing out a program and expecting it to work is a set up for failure. A better way to approach a training program is to have more information, so the program can be personalized to you and your goals. Understanding what you want to get out of it, your physical limitations, and your strengths and weaknesses is a good start.
What is a physical assessment?
A physical assessment looks for strengths, weaknesses, imbalances and injury susceptibility to allow a trainer to address any possible problems before they arise. Think of it as a SWOT analysis of your current physical state so we know where you started.
Why is a physical assessment important?
It’s important to have a full understanding of your physical capabilities in order to individualise plans before starting a training program. Subjective and objective measurements are taken that will also be a reference point for later on in the journey. They’ll allow us to identify progress and if we need to make any changes to the program.
Should you ever get injured, the assessment allows for a reference point of your previous “healthy” state (arguably you need to be better than before, as that state might have got you injured).
What a physical assessment should be?
We take you through a series of tests to gather information about you. It starts with a discussion about your goals, injury history, training history, etc. Following this, we’ll move onto some flexibility, mobility, stability and functional movement tests. We’ll start the tests by doing range of motion and manual muscle testing, using the massage bed. Next, we will guide you through some functional movements, and if necessary, some physical fitness and injury prevention tests.
What's different about our physical assessment?
You might have had an assessment before which involved ticking some boxes on a standard PARQ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) and jotting down your bodyweight. Our comprehensive physical assessment delves deeper and looks at the body joint by joint, assessing injury susceptibility and movement quality through a series of research based tests. You’ll get the most value out of this physical assessment because we have experienced coaches that will effectively interpret the results and configure suitable exercises into a personalized program for you.
Do you have to do an assessment?
The physical assessment is usually one of the first areas to get forgotten and I understand why it happens. There can be pressure put on trainers with trial sessions, with expectations of a high-intensity sweat session on day 1.
An assessment is a pivotal part of a training program. We offer it for free because we know the value and want to ensure it gets done. It won’t be required at every fitness facility, but we require people to going through our assessment before starting our training programs.
How long is the assessment?
Our assessments should take no longer than 1 hour.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable fitness clothes that allow you to move freely. For men, this should be shorts and a T-shirt, for women, you should ideally wear shorts or leggings and a comfortable top (ideally one where we can see your shoulder blades for a deeper understanding of shoulder blade movement).
How to book?
If this is something you’re interested in, then please get in touch through our contact page with the subject of Physical Assessment and I will be in touch very soon.