Hi everyone. I’m currently working on my Corrective Exercise cert from NASM, but I occasionally run into something in the book or online content that’s confusing. (And unfortunately, NASM doesn’t provide any way that I know of to post a question to them.) Right now I’m looking at a video explaining a standing static stretch for the TFL. NASM advises that the client take a staggered stance, raise the arm on the same side as the rear leg, and bend the upper body to the opposite side until a stretch is felt in the rear leg’s TFL. (I hope this makes sense. Sorry I can’t just link to the video.) But here’s what confuses me: The video says to bend until the stretch is felt, and then return to the starting position and hold for 30 seconds. I would think the client should hold the stretch, not the starting position, for 30 seconds. BTW, this is from a section on static stretching. Does this sound like an error in the instructions, or is there something about this stretch that I just don’t get? Thanks!
Hello Tom Borromeo,
Thank you for your question; mistakes in texts make me double think myself, also. I am glad you are doing your research, Tom. I am thankful for this forum and input from trainers.
It does not sound right to me, either. So many times it is better to listen to the client’s body over our book learning, meaning, take it slower with less ROM.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.