Hey everyone UFIT has updated its website and I’m pretty happy with it! For those of you that know me, I will always speak the truth on issues related to the fitness industry my first blog shouldn’t come as any surprise! Honestly there is so much rubbish printed and spoken in our business (I guess it’s probably the same in most industries) it’s most unbecoming to what we should all be striving for. And that is increasing standards in our industry and thereby increasing levels of confidence people have when engaging a Personal Trainer. You only need to read some of the testimonials written by our clients on our website www.ufit.com.sg/testimonials to see the level of distrust many people have of Trainers in Singapore so who do you trust?
So where do PT’s in Singapore usually go wrong? A Trainer should ALWAYS begin a relationship with a new client by NEEDS ASSESSMENT. This is the case in any industry, in any given situation, you have to know what a client needs. In our business this can only be done with a, knowledge of the history of the clients health; b, the clients goals; c, the condition of the client with regards to his/her physique (structural and aerobic/anaerobic condition).
In my experience Trainers in Singapore sometimes address a, usually address b, and rarely, if ever address c. Unfortunately c is the most crucial but again unfortunately it is the part of the assessment that requires the most skill. A functional assessement by a Personal Trainer is the only tool he/she can rely on to provide an accurate picture of the state of a client and therefore a baseline for designing an intervention to meet the goals of the client.
No functional assessment, no personalised plan. How many Trainers claim they provide personalised programs? Most do. How many truly are? Hmmmmm. A functional assessment is usually a movement screen and a posture analysis. From the functional assessment a PT can determine which muscles are working correctly and incorrectly. Most individuals do not have a proper functioning posture, this is a medical fact. This can result in big problems when engaging in physical activity. A poor posture won’t support itself in situations where physical work is being undertaken and injury is usually the result.
Fortunately the functional assessment will pinpoint the problem areas in the physique. To a well-trained PT, then incorporating exercises that re-engage muscles in a poor posture within a program meeting a clients goals is relatively straightforward. This is truly a personalised program.
If you are thinking of engaging a PT in 2010, make sure that the 3 areas identified above will be addressed –
a, Medical History
c, Functional Assessment