Single-Leg Knee Stretch and Double-Leg Knee Stretch
Single-leg knee stretch is useful for working on knee flexion and extension in a standing position and on correcting alignment and improving the balance of the standing leg. To increase the balance challenge, take the hands off the bar and stand upright using a gondola pole for balance. Once you master that, take the pole away and then add an unstable surface such as a balance pad under the standing foot.
To most people, personal trainers are the solution to a huge problem: unsafe, ineffective and inefficient workouts. When the three goals of kinesiology and applied biomechanics—safety, effectiveness and efficiency (Hamilton, Weimar & Luttgens 2008)—are met, it results in successful participation in physical activity and improvements in the physical and physiological factors associated with fitness.
As a group fitness instructor, you may have opportunities during classes to identify and correct musculoskeletal deviations in participants. Honing this skill will keep you at the forefront of the developing corrective-exercise trend and help participants reach their health and fitness goals in a positive way. Be sure to stay within your scope of practice.
Assessing Overpronation During Class
Abdominal training has always been a focal point for trainers and participants. In this InTensive, we look at the function of the abdominal and related core muscles in their role as key postural muscles and the center of power. Learn how to determine in which stage your client should be training. Walk away with take-home ideas for core training, all based on a systematic four-step progression model. Additional fee required for this class. See page 40 for more information.
The practice of corrective exercise is booming. Even clients are starting to understand that achieving their end goal might require some customized corrective exercises—which could mean taking a step backward before they move forward.
What are some basic, effective corrective exercises? Here are three popular ones, with explanations as to how they might have developed and how they are ...
The practice of corrective exercise is booming. At the 2007 IDEA World Fitness Convention™, more than 30 sessions were based on structural assessment and corrective exercise. All the top certifying organizations offer a bevy of continuing education courses on corrective exercise. Even clients are beginning to understand that their end goal may require customized corrective-exercise techniques...
by Justin Price, MA
The Lumbopelvic Hip Girdle
The second article of a two-part series on the lower kinetic chain.
The first article of this series discussed the structures of the foot, ankle and knee. This article will address the other area of the lower kinetic chain: the lumbopelvic hip girdle. You will learn how to assess the structures in this area, discover how the alignment of the...
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.