The first step is to create an awareness of what good posture feels like. I use a technique I call “sit talls.” Clients sit in a chair or on a bench in a relaxed position (but without leaning back), and place the fingertips of both hands on either side of their rectus abdominis. Then I say, “Imagine that if you could make yourself 3 inches taller, you would win $50 million” (or some other “ultra bribe”). Clients sit much taller and straighter. I make sure they keep their head level and continue to breathe normally.
Round Shoulder S y n d ro m e
BY JOHN A. BLIEVERNICHT, MA
How to assess, correct and prevent this common condition in your clients.
itness professionals often encounter clients who have noticeably rounded shoulders. It is important to understand that this condition--commonly known as round shoulder syndrome--involves more than just compromised posture. In fact, the forward positioned scapulae cha...
This is the tip I give clients: Picture a string pulling your head up toward the ceiling. This helps to create space between the vertebrae; when you relax, the spinal segments can then realign.
My favorite way to teach proper pos- ture is to have people close their eyes and slowly tip their spine forward and back and side to side to find their true “good posture.”
Everyone’s spine is slightly different, and mirrors can only get us so far. Real posture is found within each person through body awareness.
A client who develops overtraining syndrome needs to return to a healthy state as fast as possible. While there is no magic cure for overtraining, these 10 preventive strategies for nonfunctional overreaching and overtraining syndrome, from Kreher and Schwartz (2012), should prove helpful:
Fitness professionals may work in concert with a physical therapist to encourage a client to engage in “prehab” to maintain or enhance his strength preoperatively for knee or hip arthroplasty. (Shakoor et al. 2010). Pain is often a limiting factor, and it may be difficult for the client to participate in even the most basic daily activities. Below are a few suggested exercises.
Isometric quadriceps sets. Lie on back with legs extended. Tighten quads and push knee into mat/surface. Hold 10 seconds. Do 10 repetitions, 5 times per day.
Several weeks ago, a fellow instructor who has more experience than I do “called me out” on my dead lifts. She said that as she walked by the studio during my Les Mills BODYPUMP™ class, she noticed my questionable form. Her suggestion (after asking me first if she could share): Keep my knees slightly bent instead of maintaining straight legs.
More evidence has emerged that Pilates can help people with chronic lower-back pain. Patients with this condition who practiced Pilates twice a week for 50 minutes over a 90-day period experienced improvements in pain, function and quality of life compared with patients with similar pain who did no exercises. Researchers from Universidade Federal de São Paulo, in São Paulo, conducted the study with 60 patients who suffered from chronic nonspecific lower-back pain. They split into two groups: an experimental group and a control group.
newsletter_teaser: Fascia has been enjoying the limelight as one of the hottest topics in the fitness industry. But after the dust has settled, will fitness and wellness professionals still be scratching their heads and wondering, “Okay, great, it’s important, but what do I do with it?”